Re-Licensed to Ill
As they seem to do every five years or so, The Beastie Boys have returned to the music world, just in time to provide a lesson to next-generation Pop tarts on how to have a long, successful career in music without sacrificing creative progress or integrity. In advance of the forthcoming Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (due Tuesday), the unlikely Rap icons released a short film with more A-list celebrities than Elton John’s Oscar party. Fight For Your Right RevisitedThree Stooges-meets-Mr. Show avant-slapstick, one of the trio’s trademarks. The film, written by the group’s Adam Yauch, picks up where the party in the original “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” video ended. Shot and written like a silly surrealistic dream, the biggest reference to the Beasties’ career is in the running, over-the-top debauchery of the Beastie characters (played by actors) amidst a cast of some of the biggest celebrities in the universe. As in real life, the Beasties do what they want, even if they are moving in the same circles as the Hollywood elite. hilariously encapsulates the Beasties’ wild, improbable career in its
Vote For Me and I’ll Sex You Free
Politicians will do anything they can get away with to get elected.
They spend their entire term “serving” by campaigning for the next election and scheming ways to get more votes. The costumed comic-book warriors of Metal court jesters GWAR recently showed a sure-fire strategy Bill Clinton would be proud of, suggesting they might have futures as political consultants. Upon learning of the band’s nomination for “Best Live Act” for Revolver’s Golden Gods Awards, GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus made the best campaign promise ever, vowing to have sex with every person who voted for his band. Sure, GWAR lost to Rammstein, but it was a successful campaign because they achieved their main goal — to not lose to Avenged Sevenfold. If they wanted to actually win, GWAR would have promised to never have sex with their constituents.
Bay Area Hip Hop up-and-comer Lil B recently made headlines when he announced from the stage at the Coachella festival that his next album would be titled I’m Gay. It’s easy to see why it caught a lot of attention — Hip Hop has been dogged with accusations of homophobia for years and some artists are inflexible in their views on the gay lifestyle, so it’s a bit like entering a lion’s den wearing Lady Gaga’s meat dress. It was a brave thing for Lil B to do; though he isn’t gay himself, he’s using the attention given to his controversial title to open dialog about homophobia and bigotry between Hip Hop fans. It might have one day been seen as a crowning moment in the evolution of attitudes towards homosexuals, which, with each generation, become more positive and accepting. Unfortunately, the MC’s noble gesture was largely met with silence from his Hip Hop peers and made some people so furious they sent him death threats. We’ve come a long way, baby … and we’ve got a long way to go still.