One of my all-time favorite albums–and an album that defined the ’90s–Beastie Boys Check Your Head turns 30 today.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, I’m going to take you track-by-track through the release. Let’s get started.
Beastie Boys Check Your Head turns 30. Unreal. Feels like it came out last week. But that’s the power of an album this timeless, right?
Five Essential Beastie Boys Lyrics That Capture the Legacy of MCA
"Four and three and two and one / and when I'm on the mic the suckers run / Down with Ad-Rock and Mike D. and you ain't / and I got more juice than Picasso got paint."
"Equinox symmetry and the balance is right... / The music washes over and you're one with the sound..."
"Well, I'm as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce / You've got the rhyme and reason, but got no cause / But if you're hot to trot, you think you're slicker than grease / I've got news for you crews, you'll be sucking like a leech."
"I want to say a little something that's long overdue / The disrespect to women has got to be through / To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends / I want to offer my love and respect to the end."
"Well, I gotta keep it going keep it going full steam / Too sweet to be sour to nice to be mean / Well, on the tough-guy style I'm not too keen / Trying to change the world, I'm going to plot and scheme."