Remembering Adam Yauch: Polly Wog Stew

Earlier this morning, Pesco posted the awful news that Adam "MCA" Yauch died this morning at age 47. Words here can't express how sad I am, reading that news. Hits home in part because I'm fighting the same disease, and in part because the Beasties were such a formative part of my subcultural education as I grew into my teen years.

The first time I heard them, and Adam Yauch, was when a friend from middle school handed me a home-copied dupe of this cassette tape EP [YouTube, and you can still buy copies on Amazon]. I played it over and over until that little black ribbon wore right out. Some of you may not know that the Beasties were a hardcore band before they became a hiphop band. Now you do.

I've embedded some Beastie videos from that era below. Fuck you, cancer.

(HT @theory)


  1. I can’t stop watching this video. There are so many moments of MCA’s brilliant energy captured within. Sigh. Fuck cancer.

  2. Right now, I’m listening to their least-celebrated album “In Sound From Way Out”. It lacks almost all of the typical bombast associated with their mainstream stuff, but has still earned a place in my heart. 

    It’s also the unofficial soundtrack to PRI and NPR. Pour one out every time you hear Groove Holmes as background music…

  3. Xeni  – my sentiments entirely. I grew up with this band.
    My thoughts go out with you, too. My daughter has the same condition – and I still can’t bring myself to say the word.

  4. had/have cancer (still don’t have the right words for it) and in tears now thinking about how much it f*n sucks for everyone involved.
    thank you Adam for everything you created and inspired!
    Xeni – my thoughts are with you as you battle now!

  5. can really hear the Darby Crash/Germs influence on whichever one of them is doing the singing

  6. I loved their Minor Threat covers. Heck I love all their stuff. One of my inspirations for sure. Throwing Paul’s Boutique on the turntable now…..

  7. y’all ever notice that the “egg raid on Mojo” lyrics were reprised on Paul’s Boutique’s “Egg Man,” except they say Haze instead of Mojo.

    Cooky Puss just came on my itunes lol

  8. I love that Mike D says if the Beastie Boys had finished after Polly Wog Stew they would have felt the project was complete, and that everything afterwards was ‘gravy’. What a lot of delicious, delicious gravy!

  9. ;-) Cooky Puss
    What a sad thing though, MCA ROCKED…
    Anybody elso ever tried calling the phone number from Pauls Boutique?
    I never got thru…

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