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See Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ Video Remade By Librarians

Crime-fighting librarians in shades and badges take over the stacks in hilarious remake.

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Just in time for MTV’s Video Music Awards, BoingBoing has dug up an amazing remake of a legendary clip: the Beastie Boys‘ beloved Spike Jonze-directed homage to Seventies’ cop shows, “Sabotage,” as reenacted by librarians.

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Comedic musicians Mike Ferbrache and Duane Freeman from The Mike and Duane Show remade “Sabotage” in the stacks, as badge-wielding librarians hunt down would-be book thieves and keep in contact via old-school walkie talkies. Chase scenes and awesomely awful wigs and mustaches allude to the original video, and stir up nostalgia for library cards and late fees. 

The original “Sabotage,” which was released as a single in 1994, was belatedly honored at the 2009 VMAs with the Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman) trophy.


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