March 10, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Insomniac Edition: The Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right
LC Insomniac Edition is a late-night series on The Left Call, intended as a break from political drama.
The Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) – from Licensed To Ill (1986)
The Beastie Boys began as hardcore punk band in 1979, first appearing on the compilation cassette New York Thrash before releasing their first EP, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 release of their experimental hip hop 12″ Cooky Puss, they made the transition to hip hop in 1984 and a string of successful 12″ singles followed by their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986 which received international critical acclaim and commercial success. As of 2010, they have sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide.