Beastie Boys and a girl, 1984

Here’s the Beastie Boys performing on public access television, 1984. Adam Yauch is playing bass in this clip. He’s about 19-20 years old. Kate Schellenbach played drums with the Beastie Boys between 1979 and 1984. She later joined Luscious Jackson.

Finally, here’s “Cookie Puss,” the group’s first hip-hop recording (some NSFW lyrics). There’s an interview with the young group after the break.

[Via Dangerous Minds]

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RIP Adam Yauch, MCA

The Beastie Boys’ MCA, Adam Yauch, dead at 47. Rolling Stone:

Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009.”

It’s unclear if Adam’s death was related to his fight with cancer. In any case, it sucks.

I’ve been a Beastie Boys fan since I was in 8th grade and my friend Greg and I shared a headset to listen to Licensed To Ill on Greg’s Walkman. Paul’s Boutique is a landmark album in hip-hop and popular music in general. Adam, you will be missed. My heart goes out to his wife and daughter.

Above is a little Shadrach for you, and below, a scorching performance of Sounds of Science. The boys were on fire.