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  • All-Star Cast: Their video to ''Fight For Your Right (Revisited)''.
  • Artist Existence Failure: MCA passed away in 2012 from cancer. Mike D and Ad-Rock have said they'd never do anything under the Beastie Boys name without him, since he was the one who started the band.
  • The Character Died with Him: Not long after MCA's death, various obituaries of his directorial alter-ego Nathaniel Hornblower appeared on fan websites.
  • Creator Backlash: The Beasties haven't performed "Fight For Your Right" live since 1987, think it "sucks" and are annoyed that its ironic, sarcastic nature was lost on its intended target of fratboys.
  • Development Hell: Since Ill Communication, they've sure started to take their time releasing albums.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: "Lee Majors Come Again" from Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 appeared on the soundtrack to Skate 3 a year before the album's release.
  • Executive Meddling: After the Beasties fled to Capitol, Def Jam head Russell Simmons announced that he would assemble an album created from the band's outtakes with extra contributions by others (think Tupac Shakur's and The Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumous albums). Paul's Boutique came out first, and nothing was heard about Simmons' idea again.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The outtakes from Licensed to Ill have never been officially released, including a cover of The Beatles' "I'm Down" and a song called "The Scenario," though the latter did make a brief appearance in the Christian Slater movie Pump Up the Volume.
    • "Rock Hard", their first Def Jam single, was quickly withdrawn due to an unlicensed sample of "Back In Black" by AC/DC. The Beastie Boys wanted to include it on the Sounds Of Science compilation, which would have been the first time the song was officially available on digital formats... They were denied permission by AC/DC.
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  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The live DVD Awesome:I Fuckin' Shot That was created by giving fans at a show camcorders and cutting together the best footage.
  • Old Shame: According to the Beasties themselves, Licensed to Ill. Their early EPs and singles also fit into this category, given that they eventually re-released them on a compilation entitled Some Old Bullshit note . They also regretted their party-boy antics when they hit it big, and cut out misogyny in their later albums.
    • They consider their first Def Jam single "Rock Hard" cheesy and amateurish in terms of lyrics and vocal delivery. The official autobiography Beastie Boys Book has a short chapter discussing the single, which ends with the lyrics cited in their entirety- in the audiobook Adam Horowitz can't get through reading them without laughing.
    • Adam Horowitz starred as a troubled teen in 1989 indie drama Lost Angels, his only acting credit not counting appearances as himself with other Beastie Boys members- in Beastie Boys Book he half-jokingly suggests fans not look it up online; he enjoyed the process of making the film but finds his performance embarrassing.
  • The Pete Best: John Berry (guitar) and Kate Schellenbach (drums) left before the band signed with Def Jam and switched from punk to rap.
    • Schellenbach was forced out of the band by Rick Rubin - She has gone on record saying that he acted incredibly sexist to her and refused to allow her either to rap or continue as their drummer, believing that it didn't fit with his personal concept of the group. She remained friends with the rest of the band and later became the drummer for the '90s alt-rock band Luscious Jackson, one of the first signees to the Beasties' Grand Royal label.
  • Permanent Placeholder: Their cover of "Time For Livin'" by Sly and the Family Stone: They wrote a Hardcore Punk style instrumental and struggled with the lyrics, so they had Ad Rock shout Sly Stone lyrics over it as a placeholder until they came up with something original. In the end they just put it on the album as is and credited Sly Stone as a co-writer.
  • Referenced by...: In the rebooted Star Trek universe, the Beastie Boys are James T. Kirk's favorite music. Their music is considered "classical" in the 23rd century according to Star Trek Beyond; the In-Universe Pop-Cultural Osmosis goes to the point that even Spock recognizes it as such.
    • The group also appears in Futurama as preserved heads (before MCA's real-life death) that are still performing.
  • Throw It In!: A lot of their samples.
    • The well-known example of Rhyming with Itself in "Pass the Mic": Mike D meant to rhyme "commercial" and "rehearsal", but in the take they used on the album, he accidentally repeated himself, resulting in "Everybody's rapping like it's a commercial / Acting like life is a big commercial".
  • Uncredited Role: Run–D.M.C. contributed ghostwritten lyrics to Licensed to Ill.
  • Wag the Director: The music video for "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" was originally supposed to feature Kerry King (who performed the guitar solo) getting knocked offstage by a gorilla. King's response was "If there’s gonna be anyone knocking anyone offstage, it’ll be me knocking the gorilla", which is what subsequently happened.
  • What Could Have Been: In interviews, Mike D mentioned the idea of releasing a With Lyrics version of The Mix-Up as a companion to the instrumental one, with guest vocalists on every song. M.I.A. and Jarvis Cocker were rumored to be among the contributors.
    • Stories differ on who instigated it or how serious the idea was, but there was discussion about firing Mike D when they signed with Def Jam because his image wasn't as hardcore as the others.
    • The original idea behind the self-produced full-band sessions that led to Aglio E Olio was to write and record a few short songs in the Hardcore Punk genre to include on what was to become Hello Nasty, much like how the previous two albums included some brief throwbacks to their earlier sound. They ended up coming up with more songs than planned, so rather than throw any out or leave them for B Sides, they split all the hardcore songs into a separate EP. Though Hello Nasty has its moments of Genre Roulette, it's still kind of hard to imagine any of the Aglio E Olio material fitting in.
    • After Licensed To Ill became successful, there was a small trend of rap groups getting their own movies (Run-DMC in Tougher Than Leather, The Fat Boys in Disorderlies), so the Beastie Boys were going to have their own movie too: Titled Scared Stupid, it would have been a slapstick comedy set in a haunted house. A script was written by Tom Cushman, a friend of the group, but it was never produced- according to Cushman, by the time they got a studio's interest, the group had fallen out with Rick Rubin; Rubin still owned the rights to their music and wouldn't let any of their songs be used in the film. A possibly apocryphal rumor had them working with Spike Jonze on We Can Do This, a film supposedly based on their 70s cop show alter egos from the "Sabotage" music video - unlike Scared Stupid it's never officially been mentioned by the band.
  • Working Title: "Sabotage" evolved from an instrumental the group referred to as "Chris Rock". That Chris Rock was just becoming well-known at the time, but it was more of an in-joke/pun: They thought it had more of a "rock" feel than the rest of the material they were working on, and a studio engineer named Chris, who otherwise didn't have anything to say about their music, responded enthusiastically when he heard them working on it: So it was the "rock" song that Chris liked.


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