Beastie Boys: The Series – Some Old Bullshit (1994)

*NB: This was actually released months before Ill Communication, so my apologies for getting slightly out of order in the chronology.

Way back in the day, 1982/83 (when I was 8 years old), the Beastie Boys were a hardcore band. A pretty good one, too (they opened for Bad Brains). This record collects their early releases, now long out of print and probably stupid-expensive.

Egg Raid On Mojo and Transit Cop (tracks 1 & 10, here) were recorded in a studio, then played on a radio show called Tim Sommer’s Noise The Show, and it’s that broadcast you hear on these two tracks.

In between there’s a bunch of decent hardcore. The song called Beastie Boys, Transit Cop (again), Jimi (which has a strange instrumental beginning that morphs into more hardcore). Holy Snappers, Riot Fight and Ode To… are all solid tracks.

Michelle’s Farm has a strange country intro that becomes hardcore. Then it’s Egg Raid On Mojo again.

From track 11, we get a switch to… what? Snot-nosed sassy punks playing at noise and hip hop and doing it fairly well, I guess. Cooky Puss is a little juvenile (who prank calls anyone, anymore?), but it’s embryonic B-Boys. Still, thank goodness they grew up, even just a little. And Bonus Batter is just an extension of Cooky Puss. Not essential.

Beastie Revolution is a weirdo reggae-like track. A lot of it is gibberish, mostly unlistenable. The music’s alright, and it does have some saving moments. And then it’s another (censored) version of Cooky Puss, before the disc ends.

In sum: Buy it for the hardcore, I liked that! But I likely won’t be playing those other tracks often.

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Posted on June 4, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. “Cookie Puss” was the first thing I ever heard from the Beasties. They played it often on WDET’s late night punk show we listened to that it became a regular catch phrase with us. If I answered my phone and heard “Is Cookie Puss there?” I knew I had 2 minutes to grab my gear and be waiting on the sidewalk. But I never knew who did it for years until I got Paul’s Boutique and fell into a discussion with the record shop guy.
    The jam songs are VERY rough, but there’s a hint of what they would eventually become in there, not just another snotty punk band ripping off Bad Brains.

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    • 2 minutes? Man, that ain’t much time! But the Beastie coulda played 4 songs in that time, back then! Haha.

      Yeah the jams are rough, I really cast about in the dusty crags and corners of my vocabulary until I hit on the word “embryonic,” which is exactly what this is.

      And let’s face it, they were all ripping off the Bad brains, man. BAD BRAINS! I have that first record here, somewhere. I should try to review it, but I doubt my grasp of the English language would manage it, somehow…

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      • Also, thanks for the comment! I was thinking there was gonna be no love for the Old Bullshit! 😉

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      • Wish I could find that album, all I have is the “Destroy Babylon” EP, Got to see them ( ’83? I want to say?)
        U of T radio had been advance hyping the show as “the modern face of reggae” or nonsense to that effect. With all the possible places to book them into, they played the basement country bar at Roncevalles and Queensway (forget the name) I Don’t know whose idea that was, but I thank them; funniest punk show I ever saw. I lived only 3 blks away, when I arrived (already convinced there was some kind of mistake), the bar was half-full of preppy frat couples looking for that “ethnic” experience I guess. The ‘Brains started with a slower reggae groove, the dance floor filled up, and some of the older crowd from the upstairs tap room came to see what was happening. By the time the song ended, the lights had been lowered, hiding the entrance of all the Mohawk & Kilt crowd.
        The ‘Brains SLAMMED into “These Are Coptic Times” and WHAM the dance floor instantly became a Doc Martins & leather-jacket-covered-in-sharp-objects mosh pit. The preppies fled back to their tables or out the door, except for a few guys who tried to join in and “impress their dates”. By the third song, their snazzy school letter sweaters were reduced to colorful strings attached in every direction to skanking punks laughing insanely…… as I was, with tears streaming down my face…..

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      • And THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is a fantastic story! Thanks for sharing, EoS!

        Oh man, you were SO lucky to see the brains then… I was 8 or 9, oblivious to it all. I keep saying I was born in the wrong time. I totally missed Black Flag too, and I LOVE those guys. Which reminds me I still have some of their stuff to review, too. Add it to the list of series!

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