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“Eggman”The Beastie Boys

Greg's DIJ selection this week was inspired by his discussion with Professor Lawrence Lessig. Thinking about fair use, free culture and digital copyright law got this rock critic downright nostalgic for the days when great art was made using other people's art. "Eggman" by The Beastie Boys is a perfect example of this. The song was released on Paul's Boutique, the hip hop trio's follow-up to their successful, albeit frat boy-ish, debut License to Ill. The group linked up with production team The Dust Brothers to create a sonic collage of samples, beats, loops and raps. In“Eggman”alone, astute listeners can hear parts of the songs "Superfly" and "Bring the Noise," bits of dialogue from Taxi Driver and E.T., as well as the film scores to Jaws and Psycho. Sadly, shortly following the release of Paul's Boutique, a series of lawsuits made sampling on this level too risky and too cost-prohibitive. Listening to“Eggman”is enough to send a music fan into mourning. Thankfully the Desert Island Jukebox will keep it safe for posterity.

Go to episode 134
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Adam “MCA” Yauch, one of the three founding members of the Beastie Boys, died last week after a three year battle with throat cancer. As Greg notes, the Beastie Boys didn't just transform hip hop. Yauch also transformed himself. After releasing two best-selling albums, License to Ill and Paul's Boutique, Yauch noticed how the group's (sometimes jokey, sometimes offensive) lyrics affected people. He began to incorporate his own political and spiritual views into the Beasties' music, without being too preachy. A great example of this is the 1994 track "Sure Shot."

Go to episode 337