Friday, May 11, 2012

Beastie Week: "Super Disco Breakin'"

Only a band as great as the Beastie Boys could release dozens of singles, two best-ofs and an extensive video collection without ever including "Super Disco Breakin'."

And your weekend starts in 5, 4, 3...

Reliving all the Beastie Boys records this week, I can say that Hello Nasty is my favorite. It's a culmination of the first four albums, building on elements of Licensed to Ill, Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication while tying them together in a 22-song masterpiece that keeps on giving. How did I miss out on "Unite" over the first thousand listens?

The best part of "Super Disco Breakin'" and Hello Nasty is the chemistry. The Boys always flowed well together, but fifteen years into their adventure the Beastie Men are sharing punchlines, finishing each others' verses and cutting in and out of rhymes with professional deftness. On "Super Disco Breakin'," Mix Master Mike drives the beat, taking the wheel and letting the Beasties go nuts riding shotgun. Ever hear anyone try late '90s Beasties karaoke? It's hard enough for one guy, let alone three bouncing off each other.

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