Music Video Monday #29: Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.”

Last week I watched the Beastie Boys’ 30-minute outrageously epic new music video, “Fight For Your Right (Revisited)”, that was released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original “Fight For Your Right,” and it was utterly wild. Not only does it feature a smorgasbord of assorted actors and famous people (Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Susan Sarandon, Will Arnett, Jason Schwartzman, Laura Dern, Kirsten Dunst, Chloe Sevigny, Jack Black, John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell, just to name a small few), but it just takes bizarre and twisted to the nth degree. Watching it reminded me of BB’s classic 1994 music video for “Sabotage,” a spoof on 70’s cop shows that is rife with images of sliding across the hoods of cars, kicking down doors, and the timeless pairing of aviator sunglasses and skeezy mustaches. Both videos, released 17 years apart, are ridiculous and clever and wildly entertaining in a way that is distinctively Beastie, all of which is to say: they’re still crazy after all these years.


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