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Lee Majors, The Beastie Boys and The Six Million Dollar Man

First off, a new Beastie Boys track called “Lee Majors Come Again” (its new material from the forthcoming album, due out in September, which was going to be called ‘Tadlocks Glasses’, but has been renamed, now going by the much less interesting ‘Hot Sauce Committee’);

the track is the A side of a 7 inch given away with the recent ‘Check Your Head’ remaster. More info here;

http://www.nialler9.com/2009/05/06/new-beastie-boys-lee-majors-come-again/

Lee Majors played 2 iconic TV characters in the Seventies and Eighties – one being ‘The Fall Guy’, and the other, more famous role was playing Steve Austin, aka The Six Million Dollar Man. There was a lot of merchandise associated with the with the programme, most famously the Action Figures produced by Kenner, and there were also a series of comics produced by Charlton. If you fancy a look at them, follow this link;

http://cosseyedcyclops.blogspot.com/2009/04/comic-six-million-dollar-man.html

and if you want to check out the ‘book and record’ version of the Six Million Dollar Man;

http://cool-mo-dee.blogspot.com/2009/05/six-million-dollar-man-book-and-record.html

check the full cover gallery here

The List – the Top 3 Beastie Boys EPs (from 1987 onwards)

This week TWLB has been posting some nice lists all about the Beastie Boys, simply because they are great and make us very happy indeed, and have been doing this amazing trick for years. So, this week you already have the top 5 Beastie Boys singles, and the Top 4 Beastie Boys albums and so today we have the Top 3 Beastie Boys EP’s

The Top 3 Beastie Boys EPs



No.3 – Pretzel Nugget

Some great stuff off and around the ‘Ill Communication’ album, including the ‘Mullet Head’ track which I think was on one of the ‘Sure Shot’ single releases. It also includes the marvellous ‘Fluttermans Rule’ and funny ‘Heart Attack Man’. It works as a condensed taste of a brilliant album.

No.2 – ‘Aglio e Olio’

Released during their very productive mid-nineties perios, ‘Aglio e Olio’, released in 1995, is a return to their punk roots. Fast, funny, furious. Not a lot of rhythm and no hip hop, but it works well on a lot of the tracks, especially ‘Brand New’ and ‘Nervous Assistant’.



No.1 – ‘Root Down EP’

Another cut from the prime that is ‘Ill Communciation’, ‘Root Down’ is included in several versions, with some non-LP material (‘Time To Get Ill’, ‘Mullet Head’) and the brilliant ‘Time For Livin” off ‘Check Your Head’. A truly great compilation of Beastie Boys diverse talents. A very good EP.

The List -the Top 4 Beastie Boys Albums (1989 – 2007)

This week TWLB will be posting some nice lists all about the Beastie Boys, simply because they are great and make us very happy indeed, and have been doing this amazing trick for years. So, this week you already have the top 5 Beastie Boys singles, with the Top 4 Beastie Boys albums and the Top 3 Beastie Boys EP’s to follow. There is a possibility that TWLB might even do something about Beastie Boys videos or their Grand Royal magazine. Anyway, today, its the……….

…albums!

The Top 4 Beastie Boys Albums

No.4 – The Mix-Up

Evolution probably dictated this for the Beastie Boys – this is the offspring of The In-Sound From Way Out, Root Down, Namaste, In 3’s etc etc etc. It needed to be done. A whole album of Jimmy Smith type organ driven, fuzzy jazz funk instrumentals. The fact it is pretty great, that it doesn’t outstay it’s welcome, and that the likes of ‘The Rat Cage’ and ‘Suco De Tangerina’ are standouts from the Beasties total output, elevates this album above the likes of ‘Hello Nasty‘ and ‘To The 5 Boroughs‘.

Stand out track – ‘The Rat Cage’

No.3 – Check Your Head

After the pure Hip Hop thrills and superb sampling on ‘Paul’s Boutique’, ‘Check Your Head’ is a progression in a different direction that makes perfect sense. Fusing their Punk / DIY roots with the fundamentals of Hip Hop – the beats, the funk – they create a grungey, thrilling compilation, with sharp rhyming, bouncy beats, ROCK (in the thundering ‘Time for Livin’ and ‘Gratitude’ and some sublime funk (in Namaste particularly). Also, in ‘So What’cha Want’, you have the genesis of the next album, ‘Ill Communication’ – it started right here, on this album, on that track. Check the video out here.

Stand out track – ‘So Whatcha Want’

No.2 – Paul’s Boutique

Ignoring the fact that this is a quantum leap in style and substance from ‘Licensed to Ill‘, and just judging it as a singular work, ‘Paul’s Boutique’ is a fine Hip Hop album. In fact, it is one of the best party hip hop albums ever. Its a raucous, joyous celebration of Hip Hop – life affirming, even. The samples are audacious and brilliantly assembled into the songs (take, for example, the little sample of ‘Stop That Train’ by Clint Eastwood and General Saint’ on ‘Stop That Train’, or the fuzz guitar work out of The Isley Brothers ‘Who’s That Lady’ deployed on ‘Year and a Day’). The raps are generally an improvement on the snot-nosed bawling employed on ‘Licensed to Ill’ (though not always – and ultimately, that is what knocks it down to no.2 on my list). Overall, it’s an album that refreshes you, invigorates and inspires you.

Stand out track – ‘The Sounds of Science’

No.1 – Ill Communication

The first time I heard this, on its day of release in 1994, I was trying to make a go of it as an entrepreneur, running a music rehearsal studio. I had a lot of time on my hands, and this album was played to death that summer, alongside Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’. This album still holds up very well. From the nagging, addictive flute loop of opener ‘Sure Shot’, to the hypnotic, psychedelic ‘Shambala’ and ‘Bodhisattva Vow’ and the relative quiet of ‘Transitions’, via the ROCK masterpiece that is ‘Sabotage’ (and that era-defining video) and hardcore flourishes of ‘Heart Attack Man’ and ‘Tough Guy’, this album is a varied masterpiece. The highlights are numerous, and as well as those I have already mentioned, there are some fantastic highlights – ‘Fluttermans Rule’, ‘Eugene’s Lament’, ‘Flute Loop’ and ‘Get It Together’, that has a great rap from Q-Tip from Tribe Called Quest….I could go on. It plays beautifully, it plays fluidly, it plays like a classic. It is a classic. It is the Beastie Boys finest moment – a grungy, pounding, fuzzy, jazzy, funky hip hop, soul, funk and rock bouillabaisse. Funny, furious and funky. There, I’ll shut up now. Except to say that ‘Ill Communication’ completed the Beastie Boys creative highpoint, a trinity of near perfect albums, kicking off in 1989 with ‘Paul’s Boutique’ and finishing with this one five years later. These 3 are the Beastie Boys equivalent of ‘Music of my Mind’, ‘Talking Book’ and ‘Innervisions’. Their ‘classic’ period.

Stand out track – ‘Sure Shot’

The List – The top 5 Beastie Boys singles (1987 onwards)

This week TWLB will be posting some nice lists all about the Beastie Boys, simply because they are great and make us very happy indeed, and have been doing this amazing trick for years. So, this week you get the top 5 Beastie Boys singles, the Top 4 Beastie Boys albums and the Top 3 Beastie Boys EP’s. Might even do something about the videos or the Grand Royal magazine. Anyway, today, its the……….

……..Singles!

The Beastie Boys – The Top 5 Singles

Number 5 – ‘The Electric Worm’.

A slinky cocktail lounge affair – ostensibly a reboot of what they were doing in the Nineties with the likes of ‘Sabrosa’, off ‘Ill Communication’ – this sublime instrumental is a fine way to introduce the joys of its parent album, ‘The Mix-Up’.

Number 4 – ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)’.

A genius use of brackets heralds the breakthrough hit for the Beastie Boys. Still incredibly exciting 20-plus years on, this single is the originator of rock and rap, and miles ahead of the likes of Kid Rock forever. Amen.

Number 3 – ‘Intergalactic’.

They needed something special to get the attention after the 3 year break since anything was released from ‘Ill Communication’. With ‘Intergalactic’, a boisterous old-school romp, complete with amazing video, they delivered.

Number 2 – ‘So What’cha Want’.

Oh my gosh. Crunchy organ, bounding beats and a superbly simple and brilliant video. It all makes sense. An awesome track from the awesome ‘Check Your Head’ album;