10 “all-time” “favorite” “albums” Day Seven: Beastie Boys

10 days because Tom Novak needs a wall full of music to keep his hair from falling out 😉

“all time” “favorite” and “albums” could mean anything, so I’ll give it specific meaning here — the most influential albums released during my most influential musical time that remain influential to me today

I hope they inspire conversation because I love talking about music. I hope they inspire you to listen too, and if you want more beyond the 10 tune into MPH noise radio. I totally know half the people I nominate won’t participate but that’s part of the game so I’ll do it anyhow.

Today, I nominate : Mickey Jupiter because they post a tonne of interesting stuff already and liked most of these posts.

Day 7: Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill – Now, here’s a little story I’d like to tell about a record my parents didn’t like so well.

Hip Hop was still in its relative youth and as a genre it borrowed as much from rock’s sense of rebellion, metal’s sense of musical disruption and punk’s sense of social frustration as much as it’s roots in more traditional black music and in that sense of breaking norms there was Beastie Boys doing whatever it was they were doing at the time as a bastard hybridization of genres.

One of the first logos I drew on my three ring binders and inside covers of my marbled notebooks. Some of the first songs I’d memorized the lyrics to. The 1996 release was fundamentally groundbreaking for a number of reasons socially and personally. It was literally like turning a corner in my musical identity (along with Run DMC spoken about earlier on this list). I realize there’s a sense of appropriation, of misogyny, of era induced cliched teenage angst and so on associated with looking back but to this day there’s still anthems to be had despite it’s youthful shortcomings. Honestly, it’s a solid third in my BBoys catalog but the only one that makes it to this list because of it’s timeliness in coming out.

Day 6: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet – I’m from fuckin’ Jersey bitch, what else did you expect was going to be here for an 80s kid?
Day 5: Faith No More – the Real Thing – it did so much, including confuse people, even me, at the time.
Day 4: Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese – because as a nerdy music dork this is like the soundtrack of adolescence, both real and revised
Day 3: Run DMC – Raising Hell – Peter piper picked a pepper but my parents picked this as being a passing phase, it wasn’t.
Day 2: Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – the band and album that guided me into the 90s
Day 1: Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time – the album that “made me metal”


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