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    • Beastie Boys's hit "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)" was ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's.

    • Beastie Boys was ranked #77 on Rolling Stone magazine's The Immortals - The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

    • Beastie Boys's two albums Paul's Boutique was ranked #156 and Licensed To Ill was ranked #217 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    • Beastie Boys's hit "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)" was ranked #96 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years.

    • Beastie Boys's two music videos "Sabotage" was ranked #16 and "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" was ranked #100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.

    • Beastie Boys was ranked #11 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.

    • Beastie Boys's 1989 album Paul's Boutique was ranked #74 on VH1's 100 Greatest Albums.

    • Beastie Boys's two music videos "Sabotage" was ranked #7 and "(You Gotta Fight) For Your Right (To Party!)" was ranked #66 on MTV's 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made.

    • The Beastie Boys's music video "Shadrach" was ranked #72 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 100 Top Music Videos.

    • The song 'Brass Monkey' is the Beastie Boys' tribute to the cocktail of the same name. A Brass Monkey is made from equal parts of Rum, Vodka, and Orange Juice. The song itself consists of a tale of getting very, very intoxicated.

    • The 1994 video for 'Sabotage' is a spoof on 70's crime drama/cop television shows. It was shot by Spike Jonze, and features the Beastie Boys, each portraying a fictional cop-character; MCA portraying two. DJ Hurricane plays the villain.

    • King Ad-Rock starred in the 1989 independent film Lost Angels. In the film, Ad-Rock is from a broken home, gets in trouble with the cops, and is sent to a psychiatric hospital.

    • The film Krush Groove featured Beastie Boys song 'She's On It' on the movie soundtrack.

    • The Beastie Boys song 'Jimmy James' samples from the Jimi Hendrix Experience's song 'Foxy Lady'.

    • Nathanial Hornblower is MCA's alter-ego. Nathanial is supposedly MCA's Swiss uncle, and is credited for several Beastie Boys music videos.

    • Country Mike is Mike D's country music alter-ego. At one point, Beastie Boys were about to release "Country Mike's Greatest Hits", but never did.

    • The song 'Eggman' from "Paul's Boutique" samples from both films Jaws and Psycho simultaneously. It is a very creative use of sampling in a rap song.

    • The band formed in 1979.

    • MCA organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1996, a two-day long festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. It attracted over one-hundred-thousand people.

    • In 1988, Tony Hawks (a British comedian) recorded the hit song 'Stutter Rap (No Sleep 'Til Bedtime)', under the alias 'Morris Minor and the Majors'. The song was a parody of the Beastie Boys' song 'No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn'.

    • Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock are all of Jewish ancestry.

  • Quotes

    • MCA: You yell at a couple of people and the next thing you know you're number one in the pop chart.

    • Mike D: I think the most important thing with this tour and with life in general is to have as much sex in public as you possibly can.

    • Mike D: The whole history of B-Boy fashion comes from some kid who co-opts something that comes from something totally different. Like the kid who puts on his grandmother's fur hat and wears it on the subway. But because he carries it off, the next week everyone goes out and buys one.

    • Ad-Rock: The ideal Beastie fan is a 92-year-old woman with buckteeth. They slam dance a lot, and obviously we reduce the rate for OAPs. We don't want to alienate our hardcore fans.

    • King Ad-Rock: We did this press conference and when we went into the room the photographers literally broke open doors and pushed a table over with cups and plates on. So we were just playing around with them - we threw a couple of pieces of bread and they threw them back. It was fun; like a food fight, playful. I hit a guy in the face with a piece of ham.

    • MCA: I dropped acid skiing one time and lost my wallet.