Saturday, May 5, 2012

Barstool Prophet: Gratitude

There wasn’t many weekends of my teens or early twenties that didn’t include an intervention or two from the Beastie Boys’ now deceased Adam Yauch, aka MCA.

His voice came out of Ford speakers and bar jukeboxes, from radio headphones or the tape deck from an old basement stereo system. The instances are so numerous that, as I type this, I can still see friends dancing and mimicking lyrics from songs off Paul’s Boutique or Ill Communication. It’s not that Yauch himself was inspiring or emotionally invigorating, instilling everyone at our parties with some expanded world view or political conscience; that wasn’t it. He—along with his bandmates Mike D and Ad Rock—were simply responsible for the rhythms and beats that carried so many of our reckless or carefree nights and weekends. Their music elicited laughter and air-scratching; it stopped parties and started ridiculous dance contests; and it inspired the opportunity to shout hilariously crude statements about parties and mashed potatoes.

Now, as we grow older and transition deep into adulthood, those remembered moments will forever be soundtracked by MCA’s sonic imprint.

Until I pull something together of greater length on this subject, I wanted to offer the below playlist (with audio or video links) to the honor Yauch’s memory. Enjoy it alone or gather with friends, ones who know all the words to “Root Down”—or can recognize the greatest use of an Abbey Road sample ever. Turn it up, raise a beer and count it down for the late, great MCA:

“Four and three and two and one.”

  1. Skills To Pay The Bills
  2. Do It
  3. Shake Your Rump
  4. Jimmy James
  5. Sure Shot
  6. Root Down
  7. Hold It Now, Hit It
  8. Unite
  9. Make Some Noise
  10. Sabotage
  11. The Sounds of Science
  12. The Negotiation Limerick File
  13. So What’cha Want
  14. Heart Attack Man
  15. Ch-Check It Out
  16. Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win
  17. Get It Together
  18. The New Style
  19. Flute Loop
  20. Egg Man
  21. Intergalactic
  22. Pass The Mic
  23. Professor Booty
  24. B-Boys Makin’ With The Freak Freak
  25. Super Disco Breakin’
(Author's Note: This entry was finished while listening to "Unite" by the Beastie Boys.)

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