BEASTIE BOYS IN THE 80S
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
1986 Licensed To Ill #1 #7
1989 Paul's Boutique #14 #44
1992 Check Your Head #10 #106
1994 Illl Communication #1 #10
1998 Hello Nasty #1 #1
2004 To The 5 Boroughs #1 #2
2007 The Mix Up #15 #79
2011 Hot Sauce Committee Part Two #2 #9
Chart positions shown are for the U.S. and UK respectively
"(YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY)"
This was Beastie Boys breakthrough record, and it's one of those tracks that, as a teenager, you would have belting out of your ghettoblaster just to annoy the hell out of your parents and/or neighbours. Unfortunately, I only had a cheap Saisho ghettoblaster, so it was pretty hard to pump up the bass on that piece of junk!
Many people failed to realise that this song was actually a parody of
attitude and party songs, and it was taken at face value by many
listeners. Watching the video kind of makes you realise that the guys
aren't being serious about the attitude thing. In fact, Beastie Boys
hate the song so much they haven't performed it since 1987, apparently!
Fight For Your Right reached #7 in the UK singles chart in February 1987 and was a #1 in the US. It was taken from the 9x Platinum (US) album Licensed To Ill, which remains the band's most successful album.
Beastie Boys had three other UK hits in the 80s which were; She's On It (#10), No Sleep Till Brooklyn (#14) and Girls/She's Crafty (#34).
(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) - Vinyl Sleeve Front
"SHE'S ON IT"
I was fascinated by the opening to the video (which shows crashing waves at Long Beach in New York) which almost had me thinking I was watching an 80s relaxation video. That is, until a bikini-clad girl releases her ice cream out of the wrapper in a suggestive manner, and then, in typical Beastie Boys style, all hell breaks loose!
Released in September 1985, She's On It was the debut single from The Beastie Boys and reached #10 in the UK after a re-release following the success of Fight For Your Right in 1987. The song featured on the soundtracks to the movie Krush Groove, and among the other 80s artists to feature on the album were Chaka Khan, Debbie Harry, LL Cool J and Gap Band. The song was not commercially successful in America.
"NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN" (1987)
No Sleep Till Brooklyn was later included on the soundtrack to the 1991 film Out For Justice which starred Steven Seagal as a long-serving police detective. More recently, the track was used in the opening to the 2010 movie Cop Out (Starring Bruce Willis) and in adverts to promote the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards.