Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Beastie Boys' "Paul's Boutique" Turns 20 This Week

Dust Brothers produced Paul's Boutique hit stores on July 26, 1989. I was 17. I have to admit, I didn't really like it. I LOVED License To Ill. *Spoiler Alert* My first concert, Summer of '87, was the Beastie Boys & Run DMC Together Forever Tour. Paul's Boutique, at first, didn't appeal to me. The multi-act B-Boy Boullibaise was cool. I liked looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun better as recorded by Anthrax. In 1989 I was listening to a lot of Pink Floyd, Guns & Roses, & Queensryche. Could have been bad timing to fall in love with a new Beastie Boys album. In 1992, Check Your Head brought me back to the Beastie Boys fandom. It was then that I first appreciated Paul's Boutique for the groundbreaking album it was (and is). As quoted from the Rolling Stone review below:

What anybody can appreciate: the long shadow this hip-hop masterpiece casts, from Beck to Girl Talk to mash-up culture and beyond.

The Beastie Boys have put together one of the "illest" music sites I have seen in some time to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Paul's Boutique.

The important question is: Who wants to buy me the commemorative vinyl package?

ps I was serious about the vinyl!