#14 on the 2011 Musical Bacon Calendar
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by Beastie Boys
What the Beastie Boys have been able to accomplish doing the same thing for 25 years defies common sense. Creating very intelligent, highly derivative, mocking, biting, white-boy hip hop year in and year out cannot be easy, but Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock always seem to be having the most fun possible doing pretty much anything.
In their 25 year span (30 if you count the pre-hip hop days, when the Beasties were a hardcore punk band), they’ve only released eight studio albums, seven of which have gone multi-platinum. Hot Sauce Committee Part Two does not disappoint. It’s a representation of a group of boys that have finally reached adulthood. Not to say they’ve lost the fun — not at all. They just know their limits, they know where the line is, and they get right up on it without crossing over.
There’s not much more I can say about the album. It’s the Beastie Boys at their best, and if you’ve liked anything they’ve done in the past 25 years, this album should be in your ears.
Also, take 30 minutes out of your day to watch the above video. It‘s titled “Fight For Your Right revisited,” and honestly has nothing to do with the Beasties’ debut album. It barely stars the Boys at all, but it has everybody else. I’m not joking when I say “everybody.” Every single person in this video is a name-worthy celebrity. (For instance, that’s Elijah Wood and Seth Rogan in the still image). And it’s good fun, just like the band.
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22. Showroom of Compassion by CAKE
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24. EP by Grouplove
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