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Coldplay's Tribute To The Beastie Boys' MCA: VIDEO

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Were the Beastie Boys an important part of your musical adolescence? If so, this may bring a tear. Or it may bring bile. Gawker says Coldplay's tribute to recently-deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is dreadfully corny; I say it's the sweetest thing I've seen this week, and it even functions as music. (Is it me, or does Chris Martin's voice at the end of the verses call to mind late-70s Roger Waters?) 

Anyway -- see Coldplay fight for their right to party, AFTER THE JUMP ...

 

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  1. Haters will hate. But I thought this was a very touching gesture, and an inspired cover.

    Borrowing, sharing, adapting, reinterpreting have all been a part of the creative process, ever since humans have been making Art. Some attempts will fail, others will shine. But I have little use for purists who treat certain works as sacrosanct, and demonize those who would have the gall to reimagine them. That reaction is born out of a conservative impulse, which is itself an expression of insecurity about the world and fear of change.

    Posted by: Rick | May 6, 2012 10:27:06 AM


  2. There's way too much pompous snootiness in the 'Arts' world, especially among so-called fans and consumers. I'm not a particular fan of Coldplay or the Beastie Boys, but like some of their music, and there's nothing wrong with this. I don't particularly 'love' it, but don't hate it either. Did they do it at least partly for publicity? Yeah, probably, but so what. Artists 'cover' other artist's work all the time. Sometimes the cover is better than the original.

    If you like a song, even if it's from an 'uncool' band or music genre, so what? The hate is kids stuff that you hear in H.S. or anonymously online.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 6, 2012 11:11:13 AM


  3. So sweet!

    Posted by: Gary A | May 6, 2012 11:48:07 AM


  4. Very unexpected and touching.

    Posted by: Austin | May 6, 2012 12:00:13 PM


  5. Excuse me, I have something in my eye...

    Posted by: MirrorMan | May 6, 2012 12:01:28 PM


  6. no thanks. i enjoy coldplay but no, just no. the publicity is good for them, i mean come on, it is show business.

    but the beastie boys are pretty rad and i will always refer them and their nasty ass, cool and funky music.

    Posted by: bostonbeat | May 6, 2012 1:14:11 PM


  7. no thanks. i enjoy coldplay but no, just no. the publicity is good for them, i mean come on, it is show business.

    but the beastie boys are pretty rad and i will always refer them and their nasty ass, cool and funky music.

    Posted by: bostonbeat | May 6, 2012 1:14:12 PM


  8. I was at The Bowl concert. The reaction from the audience, once everyone put it together, was so amazing. They rocked a great show, and it was a touching and thoughtful tribute.

    Posted by: Mestone67 | May 6, 2012 2:53:32 PM


  9. Very sweet.

    Posted by: peterparker | May 6, 2012 3:31:34 PM


  10. Yup. Brought many tears to these eyes. A very, very touching tribute to Adam Yauch whose passing this week was a very sad thing. Mr. Yauch was a class act, a very compassionate man, a very spiritually-mature human being. God bless him and may he find eternal peace. Thanks, Coldplay. And, thank you very much MCA.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 6, 2012 4:25:30 PM


  11. Anyone spewing Bile that Coldplay took a song and made it sound like a Coldplay song probably hates that movie where Michael Cera plays an awkward teenager.

    Posted by: Billis | May 6, 2012 6:28:02 PM


  12. It's hard for me to have any interest in a eulogy for a guy who used to scream out "FAGGOT!!" (with his bandmates) at their concerts and wanted to title his/their first album "Don't Be a Faggot."

    Yes, the Beastie Boys were part of the adolescence and young adulthood of some of us: A POISONOUS part. Well before there was "it gets better" support (and a relatively much better culture) available, how many suicides did the Beastie Boys -- who explicitly and directly modeled hatred of gay people (especially gay boys and men) to impressionable kids -- contribute to?

    My sympathies to his family and friends and such, but honestly I find it a stretch to consider that the Beastie Boys made the world a better place. I'd say the opposite was true.

    Posted by: thoughts o mine | May 6, 2012 7:26:30 PM


  13. I have followed the Beastie Boys throughout the group's entire career and as someone who writes about music and who has a background in music, I have always believed that the Beastie Boys will have a prominent place in the music history and musicology that will be written as we move toward the middle of this century. But, more so, contrary to the comments expressed above, the Beastie Boys were not a poisonous part of culture. And, like any of us, who mature and evolve as we grow into our adult selves, Adam Yauch and his band members did precisely that, beginning in the early 1990s. They regretted their early references not just about gays but also about violence and unflattering references regarding women. They took up the cause to fund AIDS research. They joined forces with other bands such as Rage Against The Machine to organize and support advocacy against racial profiling by local police. And, as Sacha-Frere Jones wrote in his tribute piece in the New Yorker, the band didn't limit itself to a single apology or gesture. They learned from their mistakes. In the indie film community, Adam Yauch became a true champion for all types of stories. Mike D. is curating a show at the LA Museum of Contemporary Art. The Beastie Boys have done a hell of lot of cool and important stuff for culture.

    You can become a prisoner of didacticism in the most ironical ways. You might think it righteous to use your anger as avoiding or resisting their music or work. But, I'd like to think we have the capacity to reconsider as well. As Ta-Nehisi Coates says: 'We don't always get to choose the means through which we acquire knowledge. Ignorance is not a weapon.'

    RIP, MCA. Personally, I'll always have a lot of love for the Beasties.

    Posted by: Les | May 6, 2012 8:38:09 PM


  14. Yeah, this was genius.

    Posted by: michael | May 7, 2012 5:23:50 AM


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