Following a long year of touring
with the Beastie Boys on the Licensed
to Ill tour, Tom and Adam
Yauch decided that they would do something different.
That something would later turn into what fans today call
the Brooklyn "Demos" or the Brooklyn "Sessions."
Brooklyn was formed around late 1987
or early 1988. Its members included Adam Yauch of the Beastie
Boys, Tom Cushman, Daryl Jenifer of Bad
Brains, and Doug E. Beans who was the drummer in Murphy's
Law. Murphy's Law along with Fishbone had opened night after
night for the Beastie Boys during the Licensed to Ill
tour, so three out of four of them had gotten to know each
other better while on the road.
Having only been paid a small percentage of what the Beastie
Boys thought they were owed from Def Jam, Yauch took twenty
thousand dollars and along with the other guys recorded
several songs under the band name Brooklyn. The demo was
shopped around to several recording labels, but was never
put out commercially. In 1998, those recordings found their
way into bootleg trading circles and now they are can be
found in mp3 format many places on the web.
As history would have it, Yauch's
memorable bass line from "Gratitude" was a product
of the Brooklyn recordings. Page twenty-four in the Beastie
Boys Anthology: Sounds of Science booklet tells
the entire story.