‘Beastie Boys on Being Stupid’: An Animated Interview From 1985

Blank on Blank, the non­prof­it group that uses the mag­ic of ani­ma­tion to bring for­got­ten inter­views back to life, has come out with a new episode fea­tur­ing the Beast­ie Boys in their ear­ly days. “Beast­ie Boys on Being Stu­pid” (above) is built on excerpts from a 1985 inter­view with Roc­ci Fisch for ABC Radio. The three mem­bers of the group–Mike Dia­mond, Adam Horowitz and Adam Yauch–were between 19- and 21-years old at the time and had not yet released their first full-length album, Licensed to Ill. They were tour­ing with Madon­na, and just begin­ning to get a taste of the nation­al spot­light. The inter­view is infused with the Boys’ self-dep­re­cat­ing wit.

Roc­ci Fisch: “How did you get your group name, Beast­ie Boys?”

Adam “MCA” Yauch: “It’s from the good old days. We were a hard­core band.”

Mike “Mike D” Dia­mond: “Yeah, we were like–I was like what, 14?”

Adam “MCA” Yauch: “Yeah.”

Mike “Mike D” Dia­mond: “I was like, 14, 15? That’s when we made our first record. We were all going to high school at the time and that’s how we met.”

Adam “MCA” Yauch: “At the time it was the stu­pid­est name that I could pos­si­bly think of. And if you could think of a stu­pid­er name I’d prob­a­bly be pret­ty impressed now. So lay it on me: Can you think of a stu­pid­er name name than the Beast­ie Boys?”

Roc­ci Fisch: “Not real­ly.”

Adam “MCA” Yauch: “So then that answers your ques­tion right there.”

For a full tran­script, go to the Blank on Blank Web site. And for more about Blank on Blank, includ­ing three ear­li­er videos, see our April 19 post, “Ani­ma­tions Revive Lost Inter­views with David Fos­ter Wal­lace, Jim Mor­ri­son & Dave Brubeck.”

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Fight For Your Right Revis­it­ed: Adam Yauch’s 2011 Film Com­mem­o­rates the Beast­ie Boys’ Leg­endary Music Video

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