It was 30 years ago when The Beastie Boys released Paul’s Boutique their second studio album which came out July 25, 1989 via Capitol Records. In celebration of the milestone, the group will release six EPs from the album’s era on streaming services. The band includes Michael “Mike D” Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (vocals, guitar) and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch who passed away back in 2012. Paul’s Boutique was recorded in Matt Dike’s apartment and the Record Plant in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1989. Its innovative style earned the Beastie Boys’ a position as favorites within the hip-hop community.
The releases include B-sides, remixes, live versions, and other digital releases, including An Exciting Evening At Home With Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego EP which features six non-album tracks that dropped months following Paul’s Boutique, including one track featuring Biz Markie, and instrumentals from Paul’s Boutique producers The Dust Brothers.
The other release Love American Style EP features “Hey Ladies” and “Shake Your Rump”, plus two B-sides, “33% God” and “Dis Yourself in ’89 (Just Do It).” The remaining releases will be remix EPs of Paul’s Boutique highlights “Hey Ladies” and “Shadrach” (out July 26), and further remixes of “Shake Your Rump” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” (out August 2nd).
With seven platinum-selling albums from 1986 to 2004, the Beastie Boys were one of the longest-lived hip hop acts worldwide. In 2012, they became the third rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Beastie Boys have sold 26 million records in the United States and 50 million records worldwide, making them the biggest-selling rap group since Billboard began recording sales in 1991. In 1985, they toured with Madonna and a year later released their debut album Licensed to Ill.
The band recently released a short documentary through Amazon Music titled, “Still Ill: 25 Years of ‘Ill Communication’ by the Beastie Boys” centers around their 1994 album Ill Communication for the 25th anniversary of the game-changing, record breaking album that introduced the world to hits like the lead single “Sabotage”. According to a press release sent to mxdwn; “Surviving members Adam ‘Adrock’ Horovitz and Michael ‘Mike D’ Diamond sat down and reflected on the making of the album with Amazon Music’s Nathan Brackett.” The documentary also features archived footage from the band’s keyboard player Mark “Money” Nishita and producer Mario Caldato.
Tracklist for An Exciting Evening At Home With Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego EP.
2. Caught in the Middle of a 3-Way Mix
3. And What You Give is What you Get
4. Car Thief
5. Some Dumb Cop Gave Me Two Tickets Already
6. Your Sisters Def
Love American Style EP
1. Shake Your Rump
2. Hey Ladies
3. 33% God
4. Dis Yourself in ’89 (Just do It)