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Beastie Boys were formed in 1979 as a punk band called The Young Aborigines.
In 1981, Adam Yauch joined the group and changed the name to Beastie Boys. The
name "Beastie" originally stood for "Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal
Excellence", and the initials B.B. intended to mimic Washington DC punk band Bad Brains. In
the mid-80s, Def Jam record producer Rick Rubin entered the picture and the Beastie
Boys changed from a punk rock outfit to a three-man rap crew.
In 1985, the Beastie Boys supported Madonna on her
North American Virgin tour. Later in the year, the group was on the Raising Hell tour with Run
DMC, Whodini, LL
Cool J, and the Timex Social Club. With their exposure on this tour, the track "Hold It Now,
Hit It" made Billboard's national R&B and Dance charts. The Beastie Boys recorded
Licensed to Ill in 1986 and released the album at the end of the year. It was a smash
success, becoming the best selling rap album of the 1980s and the first rap album to go #1 on
the Billboard album chart, where it stayed for five weeks. It also reached #2 on the Urban
album charts. It was Columbia Records' fastest selling debut record to date and sold over five
million copies. The first single from the album, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)",
reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the video became an MTV staple.
The album Ill Communication, released in 1994, saw the Beastie Boys
return to the top of the charts when the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 &
peaked at #2 on the R&B/ hip hop album chart. The single, "Sabotage," became a hit on the
modern rock charts and the music videoâ??directed by Spike Jonzeâ??received extensive play
The Beastie Boys returned to New York City in 1997 to produce and record the
album Hello Nasty. The album displayed a substantial shift in musical feel, with the
departure of DJ Hurricane. He was replaced by Mix Master Mike, who added to the
Beastie Boys' sound with his kinetic DJ style. Released 14 July, 1998, Hello
Nasty clocked first week sales of nearly 700,000 in the U.S. and went straight to #1 in the
U.S., the UK, Germany, Australia, Holland, New Zealand, and Sweden. The album achieved
#2 rank in the charts in Canada and Japan, and was in the Top Ten in Austria, Switzerland,
Ireland, Belgium, Finland, France, and Israel.
To The 5 Boroughs was released worldwide on June 15, 2004â??it was the first album
the Beastie Boys produced themselves and reached #1 on the Billboard album
charts, #2 in the UK and Australia, and #3 in Germany. The first single from the album,
"Ch-Check It Out", has reached #1 in Canada, #2 on the US modern rock chart and world
Internet download charts, and #3 on a composite world modern rock chart.