In the five days since he passed away, tributes have been rolling in for the Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch. And rightfully so. Besides the music the band created, Yauch was also an indie filmmaker and a respected human-rights defender. (That the previous sentence could even be typed after the girls-in-cages shenanigans of the License To Ill era is also a testament to the group’s willingness to own up to its youthful ignorance and make amends.) At the center of it all, though, is the music. And MCA’s distinctive rasp was a solid balance to Ad-Rock’s hyperactive yelps and Mike D’s bouncy delivery. Here, then, is a collection of every single opening line by MCA from every Beastie Boys song. It’s maddening in a way; these single lines are a tease, mere glimpses that still manage to hook the listener before the mix moves on to the next song. But that teasing also reflects how good the group was. It stands as a brief testament to the main reason the Beastie Boys have remained popular for over 25 years: their sheer talent. [via The Daily What]
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