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Since the winter of 1986-87, when the Beastie Boys first started appearing on television with some regularity, fans have made an effort to record and preserve these interviews and performances. Ten years later (1996-97), fans began trading VHS video cassettes thanks to the burgeoning use of the internet. Compiling various clips was a challenge because in the USA video cassette recorders are NTSC formatted, whereas in Europe they are set to either the PAL or SECAM formats. This difference in formats required footage acquired from overseas to be converted with expensive international VCRs.

Around the turn of the century (1999), there was a great deal of talk regarding VCR to DVD recording possibilities. However, many DVD recorders were not compatible with other DVD players. Therefore a DVD+R or DVD-R that had been recorded on one machine may not be recognized when play was attempted in another DVD player. This opened the door for VCDs (video compact discs) to briefly be the media of choice among Beastie Boys video collectors/traders. It was not long though until DVD recorders came down in price and manufacturers ironed out the compatibility issues. In 2003, fans began to digitalized and archive their old clips either with stand alone DVD recorders or with computer software and in-tower CD/DVD burners. With high speed internet connections in most homes, trading digitalized footage became as simple as the click of a mouse. File sharing had largely replaced the old days of buying blank VHS tapes or DVDs, packaging the media up, and standing in line at the post office for hours.

In 2006, everything changed again. With the advent of YouTube, fans could upload digital footage of the Beastie Boys for others to see, but not necessarily download. In the past, only a select few had access to these old television interviews and performances. The popularity of YouTube and similar video streaming sites has had fans questioning the context: the who, what, where, when, and why of when a particular Beastie Boys interview was conducted. Even during the old days of VHS tape trading, footage was often labeled inaccurately or not labeled at all. So the challenge for us at Beastiemania.com was to find a way to organize these television clips chronologically and when possible provide as much information as we can about them. If you have footage which he have not yet included or more information about an appearance please email us here at the following address staff at Beastiemania dot com.

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Date Show Country
18 April 1995 MTV United States
15 April 1995 MTV: MTV News Argentina
April 1995 MTV: Palco Brazil
18 Febuary 1995 Viva TV Germany
17 Febuary 1995 Unidentified TV Station Poland
17 Febuary 1995 MTV News Poland
17 Febuary 1995 MTV News Poland
15 Febuary 1995 Z TV Sweden
14 Febuary 1995 MTV: House of Style United States
3 Febuary 1995 MTV: Superock The Netherlands
1995 Unknown France
1995 The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll United States
1995 New York Cable Access Squirt TV United States
1995 New York Cable Access Squirt TV United States
1995 NBC: Saturday Night Live United States
1995 MTV: Week In Rock Argentina
1995 MTV Squirt TV United States
1995 MTV Brasil: Lado B United States
December 1994 The Box United States
December 1994 MTV: Year in Rock 1994 United States
November 1994 MTV: Week In Rock United States
November 1994 MTV: MTV News United States
8 September 1994 MTV: Week In Rock United States
8 September 1994 MTV: Video Music Awards Post Show United States
8 September 1994 MTV: MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show United States
8 September 1994 MTV : 1994 MTV Video Music Awards Show United States
8 September 1994 CNN Showbiz Today United States
5 August 1994 MTV: 120 Minutes United States
7 July 1994 MTV: Week In Rock United States
7 July 1994 MTV: 120 Minutes United States
7 July 1994 MTV Week in Rock United States
7 July 1994 MTV 120 Minutes United States
7 July 1994 E!/ E! News Daily United States
June 1994 MTV Week in Rock United States
June 1994 MTV Short United States
June 1994 MTV News United States
29 May 1994 MTV’s 120 Minutes United States
20 Febuary 1994 120 Minutes United States
January 1994 MTV News United States
1994 Public Broadcasting: History of Rock and Roll The Perfect Beat United States
1994 Much Music Canada
1994 MTV: Week In Rock United States
1994 MTV: Week in Rock United States
1994 MTV: Get Late with Kennedy United States
1994 MTV: Freaks, Nerds, and Wierdos United States
1994 MTV: Daily Dose United States
1994 Max TV New Zealand
1994 Comedy Central: Hi Octane United States
1993 MTV: Yo! MTV Raps United States
1993 MTV: Yo! MTV Raps United States
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