Friday, February 19, 2010


Brooklyn was a project with members of the Beastie Boys, Bad Brains and Murphy’s Law that didn’t last very long. But a demo was recorded in 1987, and here it is. The good news is that Beastie Boys fans might get a kick out of one of the songs being re-used for “Pass the Mic” when they released Check Your Head five years later. The bad news is that this demo is one cringe-worthy moment after another. Despite the lineup, don’t expect a hardcore punk band. Remember that the Beastie Boys had long ceased to be a punk band by this point. The Bad Brains had also recently released I Against I, which punks often scornfully called “I Against Hardcore.” Some punk influence comes through at times, but Brooklyn was definitely going in an “alt-rock” direction that would turn off anybody looking for high-fives and stagedives. If you’re not irritated enough by Adam “MCA” Yauch’s vocals to turn this off, then see if you can make it far enough to hear Brooklyn break out the acoustic guitars and attempt a love song.

The best part about the whole thing is that they apparently spent $20,000—MCA’s Licensed to Ill tour money—to record this demo. But then the Beastie Boys got into legal battles with Def Jam and no labels were interested in pursuing things further with Brooklyn anyway. Whether or not that’s a shame is entirely up to you. Can you pass the endurance test? Find out by clicking the link below.

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