Beasties Back With "Boroughs"

New album ends six-year break

April 8, 2004 12:00 AM ET

The Beastie Boys will break a six-year silence with the release of To the 5 Boroughs this summer.

The Beasties began writing material in late 2001 and did most of the recording last year in their new New York City studio, producing the record themselves. After using live instrumentation on much of their last three records Mike Diamond (drums), Adam Horovitz (guitar) and Adam Yauch (bass), have largely abandoned the approach on Boroughs, going for a more classic hip-hop vibe.

"I am sure that we will get back into playing instruments again in the near future," MCA said on the band's Web site. "But for now, we are just going to do hip-hop shows, turntables and mics. It's kind of nice to keep it simple for a minute. There are some live instruments here and there, but most of it is programmed."

Though the album features a number of pointed political references, the Beasties' condemnation of the war in Iraq, "In a World Gone Mad," which was put on the band's site last year for download, won't be among the fifteen tracks.

Since touring behind 1997's Hello Nasty, the Beasties have only made sporadic appearances, including the New Yorkers Against Violence concert in the fall of 2001 and a benefit for Jam Master Jay's family in 2003. The trio plans to tour in support of the record, though the only show lined up so far is the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan in August.

In other news, Yauch is producing the next record by Washington, D.C., hardcore legends Bad Brains, at his New York studio.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

More Song Stories entries »