We were greatly saddened this afternoon to hear the news that Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys passed away at age 47. In addition to being Beatles fans we are both Beastie Boys fans as well. No rap artist has ever sampled The Beatles as well as The Beasties. We had originally intended to play “The Sounds of Science” from Paul’s Boutique. But fate, lawyers and YouTube intervened (it is no longer available), so we were forced to look for an alternate.
And we found the following.
It’s an unreleased track from the Licensed To Ill sessions featuring a Beastie Boys send-up of one of our favorite Beatles songs, “I’m Down.” Neither of us knew this existed until today, so we’ll be listening to it for the first time along with you. R.I.P. Adam Yauch.