pass me the scalpel

_I’ll make an incision
I’ll cut off the part of your brain that does the bitching
Put it in formaldehyde and put it in the shelf
And you can show it to your friends and say “that’s my old self”_

I was pretty saddened to wake up last saturday morning and find out that MCA (Adam Yauch) of the Beastie Boys had died. I can’t claim to be a veteran Beastie Boys fan, but they’ve definitely been a part of the journey for me here in korea these last 7 years. A friend was getting into their latest album (at the time) To The 5 Burroughs just as I was making the first move over to here. I bought it since CDs seemed really cheap here – (20 000 won for a new release) I had money and music is one of the things that was in my language. That album was anchored in the northern summer of 05 for me.
A while after I got Check Your Head, which I vaguely remembered as being around when I was escaping highschool to melb around 91/92. That soon became my favourite album of theirs and still is I think. For three guys who rapped with another guy on turntables (mixmaster mike) they were great musicians on guitar bass n drums.
When I’d listen to them sing and pass the mic. around, so to speak, there always seemed to be two sharp, quick voices and one guy who sounded like an Italian gangster who was rapping. There is a great, publicly available download of the three Beastie Boys commentating over the top of Check Your Head — talking about how it was made. I IDed MCA as the Italian gangster rappin voice, and concluded that he had less influence in the group than the other two guys.
That idea changed the more I found out about the BBoys and I now think that they were one of those rare groups where equality among the three members kept them working together for so long. Adam Yauch was the founding memember and kind of like the heart and soul of the group. I really dug his fuzz bass style and the video clips he directed. One thing that lots of the newsy obits left out, but was on the group’s website was all the stuff about fund raising for worthy causes. Here’s a quote:
In addition to his hand in creating such historic Beastie Boys albums as Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and more, Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces. In 1996, Milarepa produced the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert on U.S. soil since 1985’s Live Aid. The Tibetan Freedom Concert series would continue to stage some of the most significant benefit shows in the world for nearly a decade following in New York City, Washington DC, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Taipei and other cities.
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