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Although the Young and the Useless broke up in the 1980s, the friendships and bonds that the band members formed then have endured for more than 20 years. In an interview published in the August 6, 1998 issue of Rolling Stone, Adam Horovitz discussed Arthur Africano and his involvement in the making of the “Intergalactic” music video: “All of these people, we've known each other since high school. Arthur, the cameraman, I've known him since Kindergarten. He got a bass, like, two weeks after I got a guitar. I started my first band with him. He shoots a sitcom in Los Angeles now.”

Africano has worked as a cameraman on a number of well-known television shows and movies. In addition to the “Intergalactic” video for the Beasties Boys, Africano was a camera operator for the “Buddy” BS2000 music video and Adam Yauch's 2008 film Gunnin' for That #1 Spot. His credits include television shows The Practice, Malcom in the Middle, and Californication. Arthur also worked on the following movies: Into the Sun (1992), Leprechaun (1993), Warlock: The Armageddon (1993), The Glass Shield (1994), Underneath (1995), One Night Stand (1995), and Superbad (2007). It was during the filming of Underneath that Africano reunited with fellow Young and the Useless drummer Adam Trese.

In an April 2003 discussion with Beastiemania.com, Trese shared how he and Africano got back together: “We resumed our friendship when I acted in a Stephen Soderberg film called Underneath in 1994. Art was in the camera department. It was shot in Austin, Texas, where he went to film school. We had a blast. Austin has a great music scene, as you may know. One night Art and I tried to play some of the old songs, which was very funny since he hadn't picked up a bass in maybe eight years. I didn't think we would be able to play worse than when we were kids, but he proved me wrong.”

In 2007, Africano accompanied the Beastie Boys when they performed in Australia and Singpore for the Good Vibrations Festival. During the band's performance of "Groove Holmes," Africano took center stage, dancing wildly for the audience.

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