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Beastie Revolution Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Cooky Puss EP 1983
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Engineered by Dug Pomeroy at Celebration Recording Studios in NYC, March 1983. Originally released on Ratcage Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

References

  • Bloodclot - a very offensive Jamaican term; also referenced in "Egg Man"
  • Rastafarian - a follower of Rastafarianism, a religious cultural movement that began in 1930's Jamaica

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"[When we recorded 'Beastie Revolution'], we recorded at a place we'd never recorded at before, and it was really kind of disastrous. The only salvageable moments were where we were just fucking around. I can't stand to listen [to the song] now, but that's just me" - Michael Diamond

"...not the most subtle thing that we've done" - Beastie Boys, July 1998

Family & Friends

"I am not sure if the Beastieland tapes still exist, but it is quite possible that there are still cassettes of it. I myself had the masters at one time as well as cassette copies. At the moment, I can't even remember any of the other song titles, but I know the concept very, very, very well. You know that picture of the band skipping hand in hand across the cover of the Cooky Puss picture sleeve? That was shot in New York's Washington Square Park. It was one photo from a fairly large series which were taken for what was going to be the first full-length Beastie Boys album on Ratcage Records, with Polly Wog Stew having been an EP. It was going to be a major affair. The name of the finished LP was going to be Beastieland. The packaging was going to feature a gatefold sleeve and a game. The game was designed somewhat along the line as the popular children's boardgame Candyland, but with all the downtown spots featured in it. The concept of the LP was all the band's idea. It was very clever and cool, and the songs were a considerable departure from Polly Wog Stew, but carried that same sense of humor as a one can tell by listening to Cooky Puss." - Dave Parsons, 2002

"A few months before Some Old Bullshit came out, the Beastie Boys contacted John Loder at Southern and expressed to him that they wanted to put out the material [Polly Wog Stew and Cooky Puss] themselves on the Grand Royal label. Since the Ratcage Records label was inactive at the time, it was a logical move. The deal with Southern was that John Loder could finish selling all the remaining copies of Polly Wog Stew and Cooky Puss since it was not worth the expense of doing a recall. That is why it is possible today that you may still find the compact discs for Polly Wog Stew and Cooky Puss for sale in some out-of-the-way place. I know you could find them as late as 1998. However, in most places, those discs were pretty much gone by 1995-96 and replaced with Some Old Bullshit." - Dave Parsons, 2002

Press

"...a rasta-toasting/Musical Youth parody" - Creem, 1987

"...an ill-advised stab at reggae" - Record Collector, December 1998

 

Interesting Footnote:

The airline corporation British Airways used a portion of 'Beastie Revolution' (without the Beasties permission) in one of its television ads. Beastie Boys contacted a lawyer and successfully sued British Airways for $40,000. This money was used to buy the infamous rehearsal & Beastie living space at 59 Chrystie Street in Chinatown, New York City.

 

Released Versions:

Beastie Revolution

Live:

Performed in 1 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
11-Dec-1981 : Max's Kansas City, New York, United States

Last known Performance:
11-Dec-1981 : Max's Kansas City, New York, United States

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