May 4, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Insomniac Edition: Beastie Boys – Sabotage (1994)
Insomniac Edition is a late-night series on The Left Call, intended as a break from political drama.
Beastie Boys – Sabotage from Ill Communication (1994)
Adam “MCA” Yauch, a founding member of the pioneering rap band Beastie Boys, died Friday after a nearly three-year battle with cancer, the band’s publicist said.
A torrent of Twitter messages from entertainers lauded Yauch, 47, as a visionary musical artist, filmmaker and humanitarian.
“He stood for integrity as an artist. What a loss. He was a very good man,” said actor Ben Stiller.
The Beastie Boys, who blended punk and rap, burst on the music scene in 1986 with the album “Licensed to Ill,” which included hits such as “(You Gotta) Fight for the Right (to Party”), an anthem to teen angst; “Brass Monkey” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”
The group came together for the first time to play at Yauch’s 17th birthday party, its publicist said.
Yauch was the oldest of the Beastie Boys, an only child who grew up in Brooklyn Heights, according to Current Biography magazine. The band, which also featured Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz, sold more than 40 million records and had four No.1 records.