Beastie Boys’ Hello Nasty

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Mark is the creative director and co-founder of Burro Borracho Records. After high school he spent a few years working as a manager with Wherehouse Music. He occasionally plays drums and has been in such non-productive go nowhere band start ups that no one has ever heard of like The Unsex, Avenue C, The Reaganauts, and Next Time I See Murphy (which also saw him play some guitar and take on vocal duties). He was the original drummer for Quiet Morning & the Calamity but left the band to pursue a degree in Motion Graphic Design.
During his college years, as photo editor of his school newspaper, his review of Radiohead's Kid A won first prize for Critical Review in a California statewide collegiate journalism contest. After graduating with his degree he filled in back on drums for QM&TC's first national tour in support of their debut EP Son of the Sad Soul, which features the song Gambling On Old Tires which Mark co-wrote.
Thanks to the influence of his mother who spent all her years playing guitar and singing folk songs, as well as three older brothers with drastically differing musical tastes, Mark has always known the important role music can and should play and has been a music fan all his life but he's only been a stubborn overly opinionated asshole about the superiority of his on musical tastes since his early teenage years. At the last count he had about 1,200 compact discs. Yes, he still collects cds.

Thom's a digital marketer by day and armchair theologian, podcaster, writer, amateur home chef, and beer aficionado by night. When not working, he's a typical family man with a propensity to create.

Embark on a musical adventure with Mark and Thom as they dissect the 1998 Beastie Boys’ album, Hello Nasty. They delve into the band’s evolution from punk roots to an unexpectedly successful “joke that went too far” ensemble. The duo chat about the unique voices and styles that define the Beastie Boys, share personal stories of their own experiences with the band, and go through their opinions of the band – Mark as an ardent fan, and Thom, not so much.

In their in-depth analysis, Mark and Thom highlight the Beastie Boys’ early triumphs as a punk band, opening for bands like Bad Brains, Regan Youth, Misfits, and Sonic Youth, and their transition to mainstream stardom. They muse on the band’s polarizing sound, the influential and definitive ‘Beastie Boys Book’, the creative ethos driving the band, and their noteworthy recording stint in John Lennon’s Studio. Dive into the distinct musical stylings of Mix Master Mike, Ad Rock, and Mike D, and Mark and Thom as they review of Hello Nasty.

Show note

00:00:00 – Catch up, vacation chat, and post storm happenings
00:04:32 – The Beastie Boys in the 80’s
00:06:10 – Introducing the Beastie Boys Book
00:09:08 – Personal histories with the Beastie Boys
00:17:51 – The making of Hello Nasty
00:18:23 – Playing in John Lennon’s studio
00:28:06 – Super Disco Breakin’
00:29:22 – The Move
00:31:55 – Remote Control
00:33:53 – Song for the Man
00:35:44 – Just a Test
00:36:01 – Body Movin’
00:37:16 – Intergalactic
00:39:17 – Sneakin’ Out the Hospital
00:42:22 – Putting Shame in Your Game
00:43:17 – Flowin’ Prose
00:44:00 – And Me
00:44:48 – Three MC’s and One DJ
00:48:09 – The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Moving)
00:49:00 – Song for Junior
00:49:24 – I Don’t Know (feat. Miho Hatori)
00:51:05 – The Negotiation Limerick File
00:52:38 – Electrify
00:53:45 – Picture This
00:55:04 – Unite
00:55:20 – Dedication
00:56:08 – Dr. Lee, PhD
00:57:40 – Instant Deaths
00:59:01 – Mark talks about seeing the Beastie Boys live in the round
01:05:05 – Mark and Thom’s Top 3

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