i sort of relate, that my teenage self should have gotten more into their 90s material. i listened to license to ill obsessively since i first heard girls on the radio some time in elementary school, but i never got very acquainted with check your head, hello nasty, and ill communication. i have them all now of course, and i got the mix up yesterday, which is great; i can't believe i know so little about that one. i've played them all weekend as well. i finished a retrospective through hot sauce part 2 and the sounds of science yesterday.
now that i've read more about them as people outside of their music i'm also kind of sad i never did so before. mca especially sounded like such an amazing person. and i had no idea he founded oscilloscope. and i'm embarrassed that my 60-year-old uncle knew more about his buddhism and free tibet activism than i did haha.
so sad i'll never see them now. they were slated to headline acl right before mca's diagnosis but dropped out. i remember thinking i might never see them because of that, but was still mostly rejected the possibility that mca would actually not recover and they wouldn't play anymore shows after that.
Yeah I listened to Licensed a bunch in middle school and it definitely fed my juvenile side in a mostly positive way. I remember always singing Brass Monkey every time I pitched one year in little league. I liked the hits off their other stuff like Sure Shot, Intergalactic, Ch-Check It Out, Sabotage, et al but never got into the deep cuts. Paul's Boutique had a few songs I liked but I certainly didn't appreciate it anywhere as much as I do now. Damn that album is so good, front to back. Stone cold classic. And now after reading more about MCA and his Buddhism and how he changed his views about a lot of stuff and spoke up about it (like in Sure Shot or at the VMAs or his Tibetan activism) and how they kept their artistic integrity and still put out killer music and videos has made me realize what a loss this is. I mean, shit, this is basically the end of the Beastie Boys as a whole. The world's a sadder and much less fun place without them.