We’ve had Beastie Boys on the brain this summer, what with 30 years of Paul’s Boutique and 15 years of To The 5 Boroughs.
All that to say, it felt like the right time to revisit SPIN’s 1998 Oral History of the Beastie Boys. And this time around, three pretty cool facts jumped out:
- It wasn’t MCA, Ad-Rock or Mike D who named the band: it was former founding member John Berry who came up with “Beastie Boys.”
- Before joining the band, Ad-Rock covered Beastie Boys songs with his band The Young and the Useless
- Legendary producer Rick Rubin was an actual Beastie Boy–the band’s first DJ–before helming the mixing board with the band in studio.
Click here to take a spin through the entire SPIN oral history.