[acid-jazz] Beastie Boys Anti-war song

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Date: 2003-03-15 04:47:32

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    New Beastie Boys Track Protests War in Iraq
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    Marnie Christenson reports:
    This ain't your mama's Pete Seeger or Bob Dylan. It's
    a far cry from "Blowin' in the Wind", but for what's
    it's worth, it may signal a new era for protest songs,
    and this is a good thing. Of course, nobody seems to
    notice that Sleater-Kinney's "Combat Rock", off last
    year's One Beat, was decidedly anti-authority, but
    let's not split hairs in protest. Even though many
    celebrities have spoken out on the impending war in
    Iraq, much of the mainstream music scene has been
    silent thus far. The Beastie Boys have decided that
    the time is now to weigh in with a protest rap in
    response to the imminent death and destruction. "In a
    World Gone Mad", is available for free download on the
    Boys' website. An unnamed source has also come forward
    claiming that a Clear Channel station has added this
    seditious track to heavy rotation. Whoa! What bleeding
    heart program director gave the thumbs up to that one?

    While the song is neither profound nor esoteric, we
    admire the socially conscious hip-hoppers for their
    effort, and they do manage to provide a few salty jabs
    at the former alliance between the U.S. and Iraq in
    the process: "You and Saddam should kick it like back
    in the day/ With the cocaine and Courvoisier/ But you
    build more bombs as you get more bold/ As your
    mid-life crisis war unfolds." Okay, so some of the
    lyrics a tad cheesy. But cheese and salt, hey maybe
    they're onto something: "Now don't get us wrong/
    'Cause we love America/ But that's no reason to get
    hysterica!" Hmm. Okay. So it's not as eloquent as "The
    Message"-- or even, really, Whodini's "The Freaks Come
    Out at Night". But it's a start! People, we gotta
    start somewhere. Maybe it's best to just let the
    former New Yorkers explain themselves:

    Adam Yauch: "We felt it was important to comment on
    where the U.S. appears to be heading now. A war in
    Iraq will not resolve our problems. It can only result
    in the deaths of many innocent civilians and U.S.
    troops. If we are truly striving for safety, we need
    to build friendships, not try to bully the rest of the

    Adam Horovitz: "This song is not an anti-American or
    pro-Saddam Hussein statement. This is a statement
    against an unjustified war."

    Mike D: "Being together, writing and recording, we
    felt it would be irresponsible not to address what's
    going on in the world while the events are still
    current. It didn't make sense to us to wait until the
    entire record was finished to release this song."

    Beastie Boys: www.beastieboys.com

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