Thursday, December 18, 2014

Video of the Day: Beastie Boys ~ “Gratitude”

Posted by cristóvão On May - 5 - 2012

More than a day after hearing the sad news of MCA‘s passing, it’s still a tough pill to swallow. I’ll be honest here; I was moved to tears yesterday. I’ve always been a big fan of the Beastie Boys but I never thought Adam Yauch‘s passing would affect me this much.

Watching all the tributes pour in through the social networks (because frankly, mainstream television was largely lacking in any real coverage that would do him any justice) proved how influential Yauch was, not only in music but in film and most importantly, in humanitarian efforts. Maybe that’s why his death had such an impact.

The question was posed yesterday by one of the music mags, what’s your favourite B-Boy tune? I’m sure I’m not alone in saying picking just one is near impossible but after Jimmy Eat World‘s tweet including the below video, I immediately thought of the time my friend Dean taught me how to play that kick-ass bass line.

Today, in the middle of emergency call-outs to work and family life which were soundtracked by the Beasties catalogue, I ventured into the Subterranean Homesick Studio where I infrequently record the podcast and pulled out the acoustic bass, just to show my son I could still play that bass line and show him a small piece of Adam’s genius that will forever live on with us.

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