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Top 10 Beastie Boys Music Videos

Here are 10 of the best moments in the Beasties’ MTV careers.

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When the Criterion Collection released their DVD collection of Beastie Boys music videos back in 2000, it was one of the earliest significant breaks in the then-pretty-crusty boutique label’s home-video format, raising a few eyebrows. Dreyer, Buñuel, Bergman…and Ad-Rock? Sure, “Sabotage” had already been canonized as one of the greats, the clips from 1998’s Hello Nasty were taken as part of an overall renaissance for the only partially reformed punks, and their alignment with Spike Jonze looked pretty good in the immediate aftermath of Being John Malkovich. But are their videos art? Who cares? At their best, Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock’s videos are giddy snatches of raw id, audio-visual counterbalances to their still-flowering lyrical focus on freeing Tibet, atoning for earlier homophobia, and booting George W. Bush from the White House. They must think so too, because in its full version, their clip for “Make Some Noise” (the first single from their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two) recruits pretty much everyone in Hollywood to revisit “Fight for Your Right,” a gleefully regressive move that ultimately winds up in a literal pissing match somewhere along Stuyvesant. In that spirit, here are 10 of the best moments in the Beasties’ MTV careers.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNVoQNNClmU

10. “Triple Trouble”

Kanye West: “I did not realize there were Sasquatch.” Oh, there are. And if you’re a b-balling deviled/fried egg, don’t even try to front. The hairy paw will slap your game away like a dried up piece of Jimmy Dean sausage.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Y0cy-nvAg

9. “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”

“Fight for Your Right” works both as an endorsement and a pisstake, and is weakened by its own versatility. With “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” there can be no doubt as to how the Beasties feel about hair metal’s teased and coiffed version of ’tude.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5g79zfjdts

8. “Netty’s Girl”

It’s not so much the “How’s your girl, Mike?” It’s not just the response: “Kick, pop, POW!” It’s the reaction it gets from the guy playing keys in the next paddleboat over. If Harmony Korine remade Three Coins in a Fountain, it would go a little something like this.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru3gH27Fn6E

7. “So What Cha Want”

Of all the videos the Beastie Boys taped, lip-syncing to their lyrics at double speed and then slowing the footage down, this one yields the best performances. Or at least the one where the backing track’s laissez-faire groove seems the closest match.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvRBUw_Ls2o

6. “Body Movin’”

Judged against the monster-movie madness of “Intergalactic,” this riff on oversaturated Italian spy movies is a superior pastiche. Would have ranked even higher if they hadn’t tracked it to the Fatboy Slim remix over the amyl nitrate-laced album version. Like everything Norman Cook touched, it hasn’t aged well.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Naf5uJYGoiU

5. “Hey Ladies”

One of their earliest (and best) concept vids, “Hey Ladies” is a quizzical tribute…to the disco era? Platform heels, rainbow-lit dance floors, teased pompadours, kung-fu kicks, and a ceiling that sprouts hands just to play a cowbell lick. As they’d explicitly say later on in their careers, these are some funky-ass Jews.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XflfiylNNXY

4. “Three MC’s and One DJ”

A love letter to turntablism. More than that, it’s an admission of the DJ’s 50-50 role in their game. The Beastie Boys may as well be frozen in time until their mix master arrives with his proton pack-cum-crate of deep cuts.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4PN7Xbexq4

3. “Sabotage”

They cut the middle man and deliver the sweaty goods. The difference between the floppy cop antics of “Sabotage” and the similarly puckish costume partying of “Ch-Check It Out” is the difference between living and breathing old-school flava and simply providing a taxonomy of retro signposts. Of course, the Beasties can do both pretty well.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEVfHmjKOrM

2. “Shadrach”

The driving disco backbeat of this Paul’s Boutique gem gets an equally colorful visual accompaniment, as a live performance clip gets blown into the stratosphere with swirling animated lines.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf1YF_MH1xc

1. “Root Down”

No apologies to the clips dedicated To the 5 Boroughs. “Right Right Now Now” has the bullet-time panache, and “An Open Letter to NYC” is monochromatically steely. But they don’t hold a candle to this one for overall realness. B-boy breaks, graffiti, subway maps. No Beasties vid goes deeper into the trio’s New York self-identity.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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Photo: Columbia Pictures

When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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Photo: Netflix

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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