The Beastie Boys FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

This FAQ is recommended reading for newcomers to the Usenet newsgroup alt.music.beastie-boys and the (once again defunct) Beastielist mailing list. It contains general information and, naturally, questions that have frequently been asked (and answered). It is considered good form and netiquette to be aware of these questions, so you don't frustrate everyone by asking something that's been asked by billions before you. For a complete discography, lyrics, and more visit the Beastie Boys Home Page.

Beastie Boys
1.01 - Who are the Beastie Boys?
1.02 - Does 'Beastie' actually mean something?
1.03 - What are the Beastie Boys' birthdays?
1.04 - Are any of the Beastie Boys married?
1.05 - Is Dustin Diamond, the dude who plays Screech in that TV show, Saved By The Bell, really Mike D's brother?
1.06 - What other musical side projects or solo projects have the Beastie Boys been involved with?
1.07 - What movies & television shows have the Beastie Boys appeared in?
1.08 - Who are all these guys on the back cover of Ill Communication?
1.09 - Who is Mix Master Mike, and where is DJ Hurricane?

Grand Royal
2.01 - What is Grand Royal?
2.02 - Who came up with the name "Grand Royal"?
2.03 - What other artists have signed with Grand Royal?
2.04 - What's the address of Grand Royal?
2.05 - How can I get a copy of Grand Royal magazine?
2.06 - How can I get Grand Royal releases and merchandise?
2.07 - What ever happened to that interactive CD-ROM being released by Grand Royal?

X-Large
3.01 - What is X-Large?
3.02 - How can I contact X-Large, and do they have a mailing list?
3.03 - Where can I find a X-Large store?

Internet Resources
4.01 - Do the Beastie Boys have an official home page?
4.02 - I heard about a Beastie Boys mailing list, how do I join?
4.03 - What is the alt.music.beastie-boys and how do I get it?
4.04 - How can I get a copy of the Beastie Boys screen saver?
4.05 - Where can I find guitar tablature for Beastie Boys' songs?
4.06 - Where can I find streaming videos of the Beastie Boys music videos?

Samples and References
5.01 - What is that sample from on Paul's Boutique?
5.02 - Is that the sound of someone pulling a straw in and out of a plastic McDonald's cover during Lighten Up and other songs?
5.03 - Who is sampled at the end of "Heart Attack Man" saying "What do we know about partying or anything else?"
5.04 - What does "Aloha, Mr. Hand" mean?

Non-English Language References and Translations
6.01 - What is that French-speaking woman actually saying on Ill Communication and why doesn't my version have it?
6.02 - What is actually being said in the radio commercial, spoken in Hebrew, right after Something's Got To Give on the Root Down EP?
6.03 - What does 'Aglio E Olio' mean, and what language is it?
6.04 - What does 'Le Son Hip du Monde Hop' and all that other French mean on The In Sound From Way Out?
6.05 - What's being said in Spanish after "The Move" on Hello Nasty?

Other Topics
7.01 - Has that song from the Christian Slater movie, Pump Up the Volume, ever been released?
7.02 - What is the Milarepa Fund?
7.03 - Why is my cassette version of Paul's Boutique a different color than one I purchased before?
7.04 - What is a Brass Monkey?
7.05 - What is a Cookie Puss?
7.06 - What does the band Quasar have to do with the Beastie Boys?
7.07 - I heard a rumour that MCA left the Beastie Boys, is it really true?
7.08 - Who did the artwork for the cover of Aglio E. Olio?
7.09 - What movie soundtracks contain songs by the Beastie Boys?
7.10 - How do I access the special Beastie Boys players in NBA Jam for my video game system?
7.11 - What does '3MTA3' mean on the cover of Licensed To Ill?
7.12 - I heard "Intergalactic" was supposed to be released on Ill Communication?
7.13 - What was the working title for the album Licensed to Ill?


Beastie Boys
1.01 - Who are the Beastie Boys?
Officially, the Beastie Boys are three: Michael Diamond (aka Mike D), Adam Horovitz (aka King AdRock), and Adam Yauch (aka MCA, Nathanial Hornblower, Sir Stewart Wallace). The original line-up (on Pollywog Stew), was Michael Diamond on vocals, Adam Yauch on bass, Kate Schellenbach (who is now in Luscious Jackson, the first band to get signed to the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal record label) on drums, and John Berry (who went on to form Big Fat Love, on Grand Royal records) on guitar. John, Michael, and Kate started out in a band called The Young Aborigines, but after two gigs they broke up and, enlisting Adam Yauch, formed the original incarnation of the Beastie Boys. When Kate and John left the band, they picked up Adam Horovitz, the bass player for The Young and the Useless, who often opened for the Beastie Boys.

Today the Beastie Boys are made up of Michael Diamond (drums, vocals), Adam Horovitz (guitar, vocals), Adam Yauch (vocals, bass), Alfredo Ortiz (percussion), Mix Master Mike (turntables), Mark 'Keyboard Money Mark' Nishita (keyboard), and Amery 'AWOL' Smith (drums). Eric Bobo (now in Cypress Hill) and DJ Hurricane Wendell Fyte are no longer part of the Beastie Boys.

For more information, please visit the All Music Guide.

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1.02 - Does 'Beastie' actually mean something?
According to Michael Diamond it stands for Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence.

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1.03 - What are the Beastie Boys' birthdays?

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1.04 - Are any of the Beastie Boys married?
Yes, Mike Diamond is married to director Tamra Davis. Adam Yauch is married to Dechen Wangdu. Adam Horovitz was once married to actress Ione Skye but has since divorced.

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1.05 - Is Dustin Diamond, the dude who plays Screech in that TV show, Saved By The Bell, really Mike D's brother?
Although some say they look alike, and despite the fact that they share the same last name, the two Diamonds are not related. They are not related to Neil Diamond either.

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1.06 - What other musical side projects or solo projects have the Beastie Boys been involved with?
Mario Caldato
Beck, Devil's Haircut and New Pollution singles (remixed song)
DFL, My Crazy Life, Proud To Be, Tony's War (producer)
Mike Watt, Ball Hog or Tugboat, hollering on "Coincidence is Either Hit or Miss"
Mother Tounge, first album (producer)
Dassen 3, (producer)
John Spencer Blues Explosion, Remix Album (remixed song with Beck & Mike Diamond)
Soulfly, Soulfly, mixed "Bumba"
Cibo Matto, Super Relax, remixed "Sugar Water" with Mike Diamond
Plane Hemp, Os Caes Ladram e a Caravana Passa, producer
Michael Diamond
DJ Hurricane, The Hurra, raps on "Four Fly Guys", co-wrote "Can't Trust a Nigga on Dope"
Mike Watt, Ball Hog or Tugboat, sings on "Ball Hog or Tug Boat"
Milk, Never Dated EP (drums)
John Spencer Blues Explosion, Remix Album (remixed song with Beck and Mario Caldato)
Cibo Matto, Super Relax, remixed "Sugar Water" with Mario Caldato
UNKLE, Psyence Fiction, raps on "The Knock"
Ben Lee, Something to Remeber Me By, drums on 2 Sisters
Big Fat Love, Hell House, drummer
Luscious Jackson, Fever In Fever Out, remixed "Why Do I Lie?" single version (not on album)
Bjork, , remixed "Army of Me"
A Small Circle Of Friends: Germs Tribute, Now I Hear The Laughter, sings with Puzzled Panthers
Ween, remixed Freedom of '76 single titled Shaved Dog Mix
Adam Horovitz
BS2000, BS2000, bass programming
DFL, My Crazy Life, bass
DFL, Proud To Be, producer
DJ Hurricane, The Hurra, raps on "Four Fly Guys" and "Stick 'Em Up", co-wrote "Shaftman"
DJ Hurricane, Severe Damage, produced the track Japanese Eyes
Mike Watt, Ball Hog or Tugboat, drums, guitar and hollering on "Coincidence is Either Hit or Miss"
Milk, Never Dated EP
The Young and the Useless, Real Men Don't Floss EP
Mark Nishita
Money Mark, Mark's Keyboard Repair, Push The Button, Mark On The Mic, The Third Version EP and various singles, like Insects Are All Around Us, Hand In Your Head, Maybe I'm Dead
John Spencer Blues Explosion, Now I Got Worry
Ben Lee, Something to Remeber Me By, piano and organ
DJ Hurricane, The Hurra
The Cable Guy Soundtrack w/Porno for Pyros
Banyan, member of band for first album
Amery Smith
Buccinator
Suicidal Tendencies, Original Drummer
BS2000, BS2000
Adam Yauch
DJ Hurricane, The Hurra, raps on "Four Fly Guys"
Yoko Ono/IMA, Rising Mixes The Source by ABA Allstars
Big Fat Love, Hell House, produced

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1.07 - What movies & television shows have the Beastie Boys appeared in?
Adam Horovitz has appeared in Lost Angels (1989), A Kiss Before Dying (1991), Roadside Prophets (1992), and the TV movie Long Road Home (1991).

Michael Diamond has appeared in Over Exposed (1984).

All three Beastie Boys have appeared together in Krush Groove (1985) the Run-DMC movie, Tougher Than Leather (1988), the documentary Free Tibet, and Matt Groening's television cartoon Futurama.

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1.08 - Who are all these guys on the back cover of Ill Communication?
They are (l to r) AWOL, Eric Bobo, Mike D., Mark Nishita, MCA, Ad Rock, DJ Hurricane, and Mario Caldato, Jr.

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1.09 - Who is Mix Master Mike, and where is DJ Hurricane?
The Beastie Boys are now touring with super-DJ Mix Master Mike. No DAT player to be used during the show. For background on Mix Master Mike, check the official site of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. Mix Master Mike has an LP coming out on Asphodel Records in July. See their site for details.    (excerpt from the Hello Nasty FAQ)

Word is that DJ Hurricane is merely taking time off to work on his own musical endeavors. He's just put out a second solo album in Europe, and did open for the Beastie Boys in Atlanta.

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Grand Royal
2.01 - What is Grand Royal?
Grand Royal (that's ROY'-AL, rhymes with loyal, NOT Roy-ale') was the Beastie Boys' very own independent record label, which shut it's doors in 2001. Although Capitol Records did some of their distribution, Grand Royal was not a subsidiary.

Grand Royal also published a magazine under the same name. Grand Royal has requested that you visit their site for frequently asked questions and more.

The last known Grand Royal FAQ is archived at http://www.moire.com/beastieboys/archive/grandroyal-faq/

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2.02 - Who came up with the name "Grand Royal"?
The Beastie Boys came up with the name Grand Royal while they were in the studio with Biz Markee recording Check Your Head. Whenever they would play something good, The Biz would refer to it as "Grand Royal...Guaranteed Fresh." The Beastie Boys thought it would be a good name for their label, and so they stayed with it.

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2.03 - What other artists have signed with Grand Royal?
The artists currently signed to Grand Royal include: Alec Empire, Atari Teenage Riot, Bis, Big Fat Love, BS2000 Buffalo Daughter, Butter 08, EC08R, DJ Hurricane, The Josephine Wiggs Experience, Kostars, Ladies Who Lunch, Ben Lee, Sean Lennon, Liquid Liquid, Luscious Jackson, Moistboyz, Noise Addict, Shizuo, and Techno Animal. Dead Fucking Last (DFL) was on Grand Royal before moving to Epitaph, and the vinyl version of Ween's, Chocolate and Cheese was released by Grand Royal as well.

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2.04 - What's the address of Grand Royal?
You can reach Grand Royal at:

Grand Royal
P.O. Box 26689
Los Angeles, CA 90026
email: records[at]grandroyal[dot]com

If you are looking for a subscription to Grand Royal don't bother. They don't mail order the magazine any more. If you are looking for lyrics, go to the web site, lyrics for all the albums are there. In fact, you should check the web site first before requesting anything from Grand Royal. Most likely what you're looking for is there, and the web is a *lot* faster than waiting for a reply from Grand Royal, which can be a long wait. Remember, Grand Royal is busy tring to make records and magazines, bothering them with unnecessary mail just slows down their output.

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2.05 - How can I get a copy of Grand Royal magazine?
Well, if you're looking for issue 1, you're out of luck. It's out of print. However, a "digital version" of the first issue exists in dated-html-format at http://www.grandroyal.com/Magazine/Issue1/.

Limited quantities of issues 2-5 exist, and can be mail-ordered through Grand Royal Direct at http://www.grandroyaldirect.com/.

You can get a copy of Grand Royal issue 6, the "Demolition!" issue, which is in stores now. If you can not find it in your local record store, skate shop or bookstore, you can mail order it from Grand Royal Direct.

Grand Royal Magazine is officially "on hiatus" until further notice.

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2.06 - How can I get Grand Royal releases and merchandise?
New for 1998 is Grand Royal Direct where you can order all of Grand Royal's available releases and assorted merchandise. Pull out your credit card and go to http://www.grandroyaldirect.com/.

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2.07 - What ever happened to that interactive CD-ROM being released by Grand Royal?
At this point, the CD-ROM is on permanent hold. The Beastie Boys simply couldn't put together a CD-ROM they were happy with (though they tried), have now all but given up. "The obvious thing to do is not always the best thing to do," someone closely related to the project reportedly said.

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X-Large
3.01 - What is X-Large?
X-Large is a chain of clothing stores. Contrary to popular belief, the Beastie Boys do not own X-Large, but Mike D *is* one of its investors. Visit their website at: www.xlarge.com.

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3.02 - How can I contact X-Large, and do they have a mailing list?
In an effort to save trees, X-Large no longer maintains a mailing list for periodic catalog mailings. For a current catalog and contact information, visit their website at: www.xlarge.com.

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3.03 - Where can I find a X-Large store?
You can find a current list of X-Large stores on the X-Large website at: www.xlarge.com/locations.asp.

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Internet Resources
4.01 - Do the Beastie Boys have an official home page?
Yes, the Official Beastie Boys home page can be found at www.beastieboys.com.

The site is currently maintained by the ian c rogers, the man, the myth, the MACK. Please direct all correspondence regarding the site to irogers[at]fistfulayen[dot]com.

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4.02 - I heard about a Beastie Boys mailing list, how do I join?
The Beastie Boys Mailing List (Beastielist) is no longer maintained. Archives from 1997 and 1998 may be found here:

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4.03 - What is the alt.music.beastie-boys and how do I get it?
alt.music.beastie-boys is the internet Usenet newsgroup for discussion of the Beastie Boys. If you have access to Usenet and you don't get a.m.b-b, then ask your system administrator to add it. That is usually all it takes.

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4.04 - How can I get a copy of the Beastie Boys screen saver?
The screen saver was once available on Capitol Records' website at hollywoodandvine.com, back around 1994. It is no longer available, and likely does not work on today's operating systems. Don't worry, you aren't missing anything anyway.

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4.05 - Where can I find guitar tablature for Beastie Boys' songs?
Guitar tablature for some Beastie Boys songs is avaliable by anonymous FTP at: ftp.leo.org in the directory pub/rec/music/guitar/songs/olga/b/beastie_boys/. For more information refer to the On-Line Guitar Archive Home Page.

Tablature for the following songs were avaliable at the last revision to this document:

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4.06 - Where can I find streaming videos of the Beastie Boys music videos?
Full-length music videos for many of the Beastie Boys songs can be found at the Beastie Boys home page at www.beastieboys.com.

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Samples and References
5.01 - What is that sample from on Paul's Boutique?
There is a mighty large Samples and References list for Paul's Boutique available at www.paulsboutique.info. Check there. If it's not there, it hasn't been posted to the net. If you have additions to this wonderful community effort, please send them in.

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5.02 - Is that the sound of someone pulling a straw in and out of a plastic McDonald's cover during Lighten Up and other songs?
No, that is the sound of the cuica, a percussive instrument.

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5.03 - Who is sampled at the end of "Heart Attack Man" saying "What do we know about partying or anything else?"
That's Timmy Sommers from Noise the Show, a punk rock radio show from back in the Beasties' early days. Timmy also appears between tracks on Some Old Bullshit. In this particular line, he is paraphrasing what Henry Rollins says at the end of the Black Flag song, "Six Pack." Timmy Sommers also appears in Tougher Than Leather.

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5.04 - What does "Aloha, Mr. Hand" mean?
After the release of Ill Communication, a ringer t-shirt was made available with this quote written on it. The line is, according to (usselvidge[at]msuvx1.memphis[dot]edu), "Jeff Spicoli's parting words of reconciliation to his ball-breaking history teacher in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)." Jeff Spicoli is played by Sean Penn. The van on the shirt, however bears no resemblance to the one Spicoli smokes marijuna inside during the movie.

RudeSkinOi[at]aol[dot]com adds this, regarding an 'herbal-reference': Mr. hand was ultimately convinced that everyone is on dope - POT. During the movie, one can witness Spicoli and his buds (friends that is) getting stoned in various locations including the van and his own bathroom just moments before the school dance. The point that I'm trying to make is that possibly the [Beastie Boys] used the Mr. Hand reference on the back of the t-shirt was a sort of joke amongst pot heads who were in their teens or pre-teens when that movie came out.

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Non-English Language References and Translations
6.01 - What is that French-speaking woman actually saying on Ill Communication and why doesn't my version have it?
"Allo allo, c'est un message pour Adam bon Adam, tu n'es pas la mais qu'est-ce tu fabriques? C'est Stephanie Violaine."

Translation: "Hello hello, this is a message for Adam OK Adam, you're not there but what are you doing/making? It's Stephanie Violaine.....I hope you learn how to speak french, 'cos I was saying crazy bullshit about you...one second ago." (provided by Jason Nicol, me91jpn[at]brunel.ac[dot]uk)

Only the Grand Royal and non-U.S. releases of Ill Communication contain this. The U.S. domestic Capitol releases do not. This is due to the fact that the owner of the voice did not appreciate hearing herself on the record without her permission.

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6.02 - What is actually being said in the radio commercial, spoken in Hebrew, right after Something's Got To Give on the Root Down EP?
"Az ma az ma hata rotse, rotse? Lirhot ta'Beastie Boys be hofaha rotse! Behod shavoha hem yofihu kan, az techef nesader po special lichvodam. Special Beastie Boys be yom shishi, yom shishi chatsot! Likrat boham la'harets, shahataim him a'Beastie Boys, be yom shishi hasara be merts, Galts chatsot, yeah..."

Translation:"So, What'cha what'cha want? To see Beastie Boys live that's what I want. In one week time they'll show here, so soon we'll fix a special for them. Special Beastie Boys on Friday, Friday midnight! Towards their arrival to our country, two hours with the Beastie Boys, Friday the tenth of March, IDF (Israeli Defense Force) station midnight, yeah ..." (provided by Gil Beresteanu, beastie[at]math.tauac[dot]il)

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6.03 - What does 'Aglio E Olio' mean, and what language is it?
'Aglio E Olio' the name of the hardcore EP released in 1995, is Italian for 'garlic and oil'.

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6.04 - What does 'Le Son Hip du Monde Hop' and all that other French mean on The In Sound From Way Out?
'Le Son Hip du Monde Hop' is translated as 'The Hip Sound of the Hop World!'.

Les Beasties Boys. Le group sensationel 'bad-boy' americain. Un des premiers voyageurs de hip hop, ils ont connu pour un mix de humeur et style. Avec leur beer swilling et glue sniffing 'tactiques Brechtienne', ils ont ecrit leur signature definitive sur le face du rap.

Le prix? Le succes multi-platinum, et l'estime universelle. Pas mal pour les trois punks de New York. Mais comme tous les grands artistes, ils continuent a explorer les frontieres. Avec ce nouveau disque: la renaissance de l'instrumentation traditionelle, la decouverte de la version instrumentale. Et sans doute, leur capacite a liberer chaque instrument de musique de l'esclavage impose par la voix humaine 'signe et signifie'.

Translation: The Beastie Boys. The sensational American bad boy group. One of the first hip hop voyagers, they are known for their mix of humour and style. With their beer swilling and glue sniffing (Brechtian tactics), they have put their definitive signatures on rap.

The prize? Multi-platinum succes and universal acclaim. Not bad for the three New York punks. But like all great artists, they continue to explore the frontiers. With the new record: the rebirth of traditional instrumentation, the rediscovery of the instrumental version. And without a doubt, their capacity to liberate each musical instrument from the slavery imposed by the human voice in both the physical and abstract. (provided by Job de Wit, jobwit[at]vpro[dot]nl)

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6.05 - What's being said in Spanish after "The Move" on Hello Nasty?
Hubo una vez un gran rey que tenía muchas tierras, un castillo y también un amor.

Translation: There was once a great king who had many lands, a castle, and also a love. (provided by Midori Yasuda, midori.yasuda[at]nyu[dot]edu)

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Other Topics
7.01 - Has that song from the Christian Slater movie, Pump Up the Volume, ever been released?
According to the film, The Scenario was originally slated to be on Licensed To Ill, but DefJam, their label at the time, deemed it too explicit. It has yet to be released by any label, nor was it released on the soundtrack. Nevertheless, a bit of it is featured in a scene during the movie, and rumor has it that the song was widely bootlegged in Los Angeles. The song also appears with "I'm Down" and naughtier versions of some released "Licensed To Ill" songs on the bootleg, "Original Ill".

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7.02 - What is the Milarepa Fund?
The Milarepa Fund is a foundation established in May 1994 by the Beastie Boys in the hope of promoting universal compassion through music. Its aim is to assist organizations working throughout the world with people such as the Tibetans, Native Americans, and the aboriginal peoples of the South Pacific."

For more information on their current activities, as well as information about joining the economic boycott on Chinese goods, visit their site at www.milarepa.org.

The Milarepa Fund
347 Dolores Street, Suite 206
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 1-888-MILAREPA (Toll Free)

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7.03 - Why is my cassette version of Paul's Boutique a different color than one I purchased before?
The cassette version of Paul's Boutique was released in a number of different colored cassette housings. Some of the colors include: red, green, yellow, blue, black, clear, brown, and white.

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7.04 - What is a Brass Monkey?
Brass Monkey is a really cheap (and tasty) alcoholic drink, usually sold alongside the likes of Cicso, Mad Dog, and Thunderbird. According to "The Complete Bartender" Brass Monkey consists of: 1/2 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. light rum, and orange juice. To mix, fill a highball glass with ice, add vodka, rum and orange juice, then stir.

The original definition of a brass monkey comes from gunships which had cannons that shot one cannonball at a time. For quite some time, young children were enlisted to fetch cannonballs, and they were dubbed 'monkeys'. However, there was a slight glitch when children were forced to attend school and child labor was outlawed. The 'monkeys' were replaced with brass chutes which carried the balls, and they were named 'brass monkeys'. When it got really cold, the brass would contract and the balls would be 'squeezed' and fall off. That is where the expression "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey" comes from.

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7.05 - What is a Cookie Puss?
A Cookie Puss is an ice cream cake made by an ice cream store called Carvel (similar to Baskin-Robbins or Dairy Queen). If you listen to the song, you can hear that one of the women who answers the phone picks up and says "Hello, Carvel".

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7.06 - What does the band Quasar have to do with the Beastie Boys?
Quasar *is* the Beastie Boys. Basically it was a way of them being able to do some small punk shows again, without the hassles of a thousands of fans and big tours, indeed a special treat for those that reqularly go to small clubs or go out to see unheard-of bands.

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7.07 - I heard a rumour that MCA left the Beastie Boys, is it really true?
No, MCA is still with the Beastie Boys, and they have not broken up.

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7.08 - Who did the artwork for the cover of Aglio E. Olio?
That would be none other than Adam Yauch.

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7.09 - What movie soundtracks contain songs by the Beastie Boys?

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7.10 - How do I access the special Beastie Boys players in NBA Jam for my video game system?
The codes only work on the NBA Jam: Tournament Edition, and can be found at Game Sages. Codes are available for:

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7.11 - What does '3MTA3' mean on the cover of Licensed To Ill?
When held up to a mirror so that you are able to read it backwards in the mirror, it should be easy to read the words 'EAT ME'. Many claim that the MTA also has significance as to where the Beastie Boys went to school when they were younger, Yeshiva University High School for boys (a/k/a MTA), a private Jewish school in Washington Heights.

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7.12 - I heard "Intergalactic" was supposed to be released on Ill Communication?
The original version of the song was slated to be an Ill Communication B-side, it was then supposed to be released on the now-defunct CD-ROM, then on the Beastie Boys' own website. After none of these happened, the band kept the chorus and wrote an entirely new song around it, releasing it on Hello Nasty.

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7.13 - What was the working title for the album Licensed to Ill?
The original working title for the ablum was 'Don't Be a Faggot'. In 1999, Ad Rock wrote a letter to Time Out New York, in which he apologized publicly for their homophobic past, stating "I would like to ... formally apologize to the entire gay and lesbian community for the shitty and ignorant things we said on our first record, 1986's Licensed to Ill. ... There are no excuses. But time has healed our stupidity. ... We hope that you'll accept this long overdue apology."

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