“Hey Ladies” – Beastie Boys
Free. James. Brown.

Twenty-five years ago the Beasties blew everyone’s minds with the follow-up to Licensed To Ill, the legendary Paul’s Boutique. I’ve always been proud to say I loved it and embraced it from day one. That’s not to say I completely understood it, but neither did I dismiss it like so many people who wanted more of the frat boy nonsense that made up Ill.

Paul’s Boutique was a major part of the soundtrack of my first few months at college. As I watch the video I look at the Beasties and marvel at how young they look. And then I realize that I was 18 when it came out. Eighteen! Now we’re all middle aged, the Beasties are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and MCA has been dead for two years. Man…