Beastie Boys: The Series – Awesome I Fuckin’ Shot That! (DVD, 2006)

You all know the concept. Beasties threw a concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC 2004-10-09 – of course, it was sold out. They gave cameras to 50 people in the crowd and let them film the whole thing. Some lucky bastard got the job of going through all that footage afterwards, and the result is this video.

It’s trademark Beasties. In other words, mostly fucking brilliant. The music is just perfect. Mix Master Mike is all over the decks, the Boys rap their asses off and play their hearts out. So great.

The Cuban story at the beginning cracked me up. Oh man, to have seen the Beasties live… This DVD Is as close as I’m ever gonna get, now…

There are many highlights, of course. The Mix Master Mike intro captures the energy and anticipation that must’ve been in that room. I love how they’re rougher (more unhinged?) on a lot of the raps. I love how they mess with the versions, like Root Down. There is some silly crap, like splitting up the crowd to shout “It’s Time To Get Ill.” An energy killer. Just get on with it. Then again, they bring out Doug E. Fresh, so that’s all cool. Shake Your Rump is a total party, of course.

Fun when they come out for Sabrosa in tuxedos, on a lighted moveable stage. The animation during Something’s Gotta Give is trippy (maybe they didn’t get good footage there, so cover it with this?). At some point here it all switches to black and white. Thinking about this now, this was all a bold move for them, really, with MSG full of Beastie crazy fans… An instrumental set within a set, and after they’ve already got ‘em all charged up? Of course, it’s also a natural. Brilliant.

An Open Letter To NYC and Right Right Now Now back to back kills, MCA jumps off the stage and gets closer to the crowd. Letting the crowd sing Paul Revere was sweet, and it’s here the video goes back to colour. For Body Movin’ it goes to some weirdo black and white outline thing. The cuts to the hallway and wherever during a smokin’ Three MCs And One DJ are totally distracting. Of course they rectify that error of editing with a jumpin’ Brass Monkey. They rip through more great tracks in a row, totally recapturing the energy. Ch-Check It Out is the end of the set, wait for encore.

And what a cool return, out in the crowd for Intergalactic. And here’s where you know they own this town. A lot of other acts, if they tried that, they’d either be mobbed and unable to perform or, well, taking their lives in their hands. Not these guys, it’s all in the palm of their hands… run back to the elevator, through the bowels back to the band stage and totally rip the last two tracks a new one. Yes! I hated the camera effects on Grattitude. Not impressed at all. Sabotage is just crazy. Of course.

Aw YEAH.

But, I hear you say, what’s it like to watch? With all those cameras, angles, not to mention completely unprofessional camerapeople who were there to party (and may well have been high)… well, you know, most of it isn’t so bad. There’s some dumb cuts of camera people trying to get people to cheer for the camera when they’re too busy getting their funk on, all eyes on the stage. One guy takes the camera to the can to take a leak. He flushes with his foot. At least he washes his hands. It’s funny, but… not essential.

I do have a complaint about some of it, in that it’s a bit like trying to watch those fucking Bourne movies. You know the thing I mean, where they think they’re being all avant garde because the camera’s hand-held and it jostles with the action. Supposed to make you feel more a part of it, I guess, though I’d say all it does is make me wanna barf. Well, in this case we expect it (but those Bournes had no excuse). Amateurs in this case, amateurs then (and who had more fun? I could tell you it wasn’t the crew on those Bournes). Now, I know HMO is probably gonna say he likes those films, and to each their own… He’d love this video, then, yeah? Yeah!

Anyway, there are a few spots that are hard to watch for all the swinging around and out-of-focus images, and many spots play like some video editing grad’s first day job where they were given carte blanche to use all the tricks they learned in school. Unnecessary. They could’ve had one stationary camera right in the middle, with no effects on any of it, and we’d still love it. In fact, I’d like to see them re-release this show without all the claptrap. It is what it is, though.

Aw nevermind, it hardly matters. Just watch this. It’s pretty damn awesome. Beasties rule, and the live show looked like it was tremendous.

GET YOU SOME.

The Setlist:

Mix Master Mike Intro
Triple Trouble
Sure Shot
Root Down
Hello Brooklyn
Time To Get Ill
All Lifestyles
Pass The Mic
Shake Your Rump
Mix Master Mike Interlude
Sabrosa
Ricky’s Theme
Something’s Got To Give
An Open Letter To NYC
Right Right Now Now
Paul Revere
Body Movin’
Three MCs And One DJ
Brass Monkey
So What’cha Want
Ch-Check It Out
Intergalactic
Gratitude
Sabotage

I mean, holy fuck. They really gave it all. ALL.

Now.

This DVD is not done with you, yet. It also has the show intros from the last leg of the 2005 Australian tour, the Shazam! video with remixes, “A Day In The Life Of Nathaniel Hornblower,” and “Beastie BBQ Cook-Off.” These have their moments. But really, the meat of this disc is the concert.

In sum: Watch the Beasties in concert? How is this even a question. Get this.

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Posted on June 12, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Sorry to brag but I saw em twice around this time and the ‘wedding band’ bit was the highlight for me – that and the intro which started off with them in the dressing room walking through the corridors and into the stage, led by Mixmaster Mike.

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    • Brag all you like, 1537, you are a lucky soul to have seen them!

      Reading back on my write-up, I must say I loved (most of) the show, and strongly disliked all the video editing effects crap. If they’d just left it plain, it would have been more powerful.

      Damn, I could have just saved everyone reading all that blather (above) and just slapped up that one line. Is brevity still the soul of wit, anymore? Or is that dead too?

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  2. Agree, really hate that jiggly camera shit too. Don’t know what it’s supposed to prove, just makes me dizzy. If you are trying to make your audience feel included, show THEIR faces!

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    • Well, there were bits where the crowd got into the video, but most of it was just people singing along to every word. And one lady dancing like she was being electrocuted.

      I’m torn. I really love the idea of involving the fans, the whole thing is just cool (because it’s B-Boys, you know it would be). But then, you see, you have to watch the result. It’s not too bad, I guess. But they maybe could have had a stationary/professional camera set-up to supplement.

      Maybe I need to be (Grand) Royally Drunk for a viewing. Perhaps that would help? I mean, if the room is already spinning…

      Folks, go see for yourselves. I recommend watching the whole damn thing because, all the camera crap aside, it’s a Beasties concert and it kicks friggin’ ass:

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