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Friday, May 4, 2012

A Nerdy Contribution to the Beastie Boys Lovefest

Posted by on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I know I've never heard of any music, but if pressed to name my favorite album of all time, I'd probably say Licensed to Ill. If you are like me, and love both the Beastie Boys and random knowledge, I highly recommend checking out the Beastie Boys Annotated, a totally impressive fan project where one dude went through and annotated the lyrics and samples of every song—noting what they're sampling and what pop culture or literary references they're making. For example:

Because mutiny on the Bounty's what we're all about
A reference to the mutiny on the HMS Bounty in 1789. Used commonly in popular vernacular to indicate subversion.

You know I got rhymes like Abe Vigoda
Abe Vigoda is probably best known for his character Detective Fish on the television show Barney Miller which aired in the 1970s.

Thunderbird is the word and you're light as a feather
Thunderbird Wine is a cheap wine.
"Bird is the word" comes from the surf/rockabilly classic "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen (1964)

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out, especially if you're going to spend the rest of the day listening to the Beastie Boys, which you should. RIP, MCA.


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Gern Blanston 1
The Late Show With David Letterman has a really nice link to a live performance of Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-Check it Out in tribute.…

Posted by Gern Blanston on May 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Yeah, that's the video I watched to make sure I had the right number of "ch"s (copyediting/fact-checking can't always be controlled). It's so, so, so great. Thanks for posting! Everyone else, go watch it!
Posted by Anna Minard on May 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM · Report this
NaFun 3
Thunderbird is the word - also a reference to an ad slogan for Thunderbird "What's the word? Thunderbird! What's the price? Thirty twice!" cuz it cost 60 cents.

Posted by NaFun on May 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this

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