"That was the pivotal [song], because it was [something] everyone knew, but they didn't know the faces. It was kind of cool, because it's rare now - it's
even harder - for music to break through without an image, or to be totally faceless." - Mike Diamond, July 1994
"You like men and we like beer"
"I would like to take this opportunity to formally apologize to the entire gay and lesbian community for the shitty and ignorant things we said on our first record. There are no excuses. But time has healed our stupidity. We have learned and sincerely changed since the ‘80s. We hope that you'll accept this long-overdue apology." - Adam Horovitz, in a letter to Time Out New York, December 16, 1999
"...trashed the uptight conventions of punk by opening the genre up to realms of pop sleaze that Sonic Youth never heard of"
"[An] invigorating example of the superior rap music the Beasties could make in their sleep that still sounds fresh today" - excerpted from Rhyming &
Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998