Dreadful news about the Beastie Boys' bassist Adam Yauch, who died earlier today aged only 47. I think just about everyone has a certain fondness for the Beasties. Who would have thought that after the abrasive brattiness of their early records had worn off, there'd still be such a rich vein of music left behind? Not me, that's for sure. I hated them for years, until a chance encounter with their more diabolically funky side showed me the error of my ways.
Here's an example of that. Sabrosa can be found on The In Sound from Way Out!, their 1996 compilation of instrumental tracks. It's got wicked crampfinger funk guitar, floor drums, sideburns and polyester slacks. It's so fake-1970s it hurts. But it's a warm fakeness, done with real affection. It's still ever so slightly cartoonish, but that just goes to make the music more vivid, more alive. If you only know their hits, this one might surprise you.
Beastie Boys - Sabrosa