As you may or may not be aware, the
Your Head song "Time
for Livin'" was not an original Beastie Boys composition.
In fact, it was a combination of lyrics from Sylvester Stewart
(Sly and the Family Stone) and music originally written
by a New York band called Frontline. The band's line-up
was comprised of Mackie on drums, Noah Evans on bass, and
Miles Kelly on guitar.
Former band member of The
Young and the Useless, Adam Trese, said the following
about Frontline in a June 2003 interview with Beastiemania.com.
"Frontline rocked. They were just super talented kids
who rehearsed a lot more than they played. Which is as it
should be, as opposed to TYATU who rarely rehearsed outside
of soundchecks. Noah Evans and Miles Kelly lived in an artist's
residence called West Beth, which has also been home to
several other current entertainers, the most famous being
"This giant building was the
size of an entire city block. It was filled with the talented
kids of artists. Noah was the son of Jazz great Gil Evans.
We all hung out there at some point. Frontline had a huge
rehearsal room in the basement with amazing gear. Noah later
went into recording." In fact, Noah Evans was the assistant
engineer on Everlast's (formerly of House of Pain) Eat
at Whitey's album (2000). He has also mixed, produced,
or engineered recordings for several other musicians.
"Mackie Jayson is one of the
greatest drummers I've ever seen. He played the drums on
the Bad Brains' Rise
(1993) album and with many other great bands including Urban
Blight. He also played drums for the Cro Mags." Mackie
appears on the Cro Mags' Age of Quarrell/ Best Wishes
disc (1994). The disc is the product of having combined
two complete albums, just like Some
Old Bullshit combined the Beastie Boys' Polly
Wog Stew and Cooky
Puss releases. For the record, Best Wishes was originally
released on the Profile label in 1989.