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.