Yesterday was his birthday. Viva Beastie Boys!
From Rolling Stone: This year, Yauch would have turned 53 on August 5th – which is also the anniversary of the band's first show as the Beastie Boys in 1981, a house party for Yauch's 17th birthday. Here are 10 of his most inspired moments in the group's catalog.
Perhaps Adam Yauch's finest moment as a bass guitarist in the Beasties' rock trio configuration, "Sabotage" careens around his big greasy riff. "Yauch came in one day with this idea for a song where the fuzz bass keeps playing and we would do all these hits and stops to bring like suspense and drama," Adam Horovitz recalled in the liner notes to 1999's Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science. The hard rocking track was a favorite of Chris, a person Horovitz says ran Tin Pan Alley Studios. His reaction to the song inspired its working title and motivated the band to add vocals to the jam. "We didn't know what to do with it, so we called it 'Chris Rock,' and for like a year it was just an instrumental."
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