She's Crafty's favorite Beastie tunes

May 02, 2013|By Gina Chinino | For RedEye

MCAmy: "Get It Together"
“I still remember where I was the first time I heard 'Ill Communication'--at a work
picnic. My best friend's crush was DJing (did I mention I worked at Medieval Times?), I heard the song and I was hooked. The dance floor would fill up every time he played that jam. Later I realized I really like to karaoke it. This song just sticks to me."

Sara Tea: "Stand Together"
“I had this on a copied cassette given to me in 6th grade; it blew my mind. Their
production was experimental and they just sounded like they were having so much damn fun. Starts super funky an heads into some fuzzed-out heavier electronic territory a minute in.  Love it."

MagRock: "Shake Your Rump"
“I knew and loved songs from  'Licensed to Ill,' but the first time I heard my sister blast 'Shake Your Rump'—the first song on 'Paul's Boutique'--I was entranced. I remember the bass on her giant speakers reverberating through the house and feeling so. damn. cool. The seamless way they hand off lyrics, the pure, unbridled fun, and the incredible samples have made this one my favorites for close to 25 years. And goodness gracious, is it fun to perform.”


Ken D: "Alive"
“I love this song because on first listen, the chorus is fun, catchy and positive: 'Dip dip dive, so-so-socialize/ Open up your ears and clean out your eyes/If you learn to love, you're in for a surprise/It could be nice to be alive.' But when you listen 

closer, there's superhero and art references, lines in French, and lyrics condemning racism, homophobia and a lopsided tax code. It's a perfect example of the Beasties making you smile, dance and think all at the same time.”

Group choice: "Sure Shot"
“This is when the Beastie Boys cemented their status as hip-hop's original feminists. 'I wanna 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 wanna offer my love and respect to the end.' Add that to the 'you can't, you won't, and you don't stop' mantra, and this song is all sorts of awesome for your soul.”
Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page

RedEye Chicago Articles
|
|
|