“Itâ€™s like when you go up on the rollercoaster… Weâ€™re sort of like guys in the front that are throwing up and the people who are listening to us are like the people riding in the back of the rollercoaster.” No one can conjure an image quite like the Beastie Boys. Here they chat about the new album, keeping it real and the missing link between apes and humans.
What does the title of your new album â€śHot Sauce Committee Part Two” mean?
Ad Rock: The title, we canâ€™t actually tell you what it means. It is code for several different operative manoeuvres that weâ€™re encountering at this particular time. All we can say at this particular time is that itâ€™s hot and it is covering in terms of all encompassing. And weâ€™re in charge of that.
Did you record two albums with the same title? Why does the new record have the add-on Part Two?
Ad Rock:Â â€śHot Sauce Committee Part Oneâ€ť, when recording it, we recorded a lot of songs. And so when we started putting the arrangements together of how the songs would go on â€śHot Sauce Committee Part Oneâ€ť there was a few too many songs and so we decided what we would do is to put out two records and weâ€™ll take the weirdest of the songs and move them to the right side and make more weird songs and that will be Part Two to our Part Oneâ€¦ the weird stuff.
Whatâ€™s the new record about?
MCA: I would say this album is sort of an adventure and itâ€™s an excursion. Earlier we were talking about that in some ways itâ€™s like a rollercoaster ride. And itâ€™s like when you go up on the rollercoaster, Adam was pointing this out, and you just get to the top and youâ€™re about to drop off and just boom, when you go down that first big hill that gives you all your speed then the person in the front row throws up, the throw up flies back into the people in the back. Thisâ€¦weâ€™re sort of like guys in the front that are throwing up and the people who are listening to us are like the people riding in the back of the rollercoaster and I apologize for that right out of the gate. But thatâ€™s part of it and I think also thatâ€™s just kind of a visit to one of those amusement parks where you can see all the animal hanging out also, then youâ€™ll be there with the headphones on listening and youâ€™ll be like â€śOh shit â€“ thatâ€™s a lion over thereâ€ś, then I see an elephant. Something like that maybe, I donâ€™t know.
What parameters did you have when recording the album?
MCA: There were parameters in making this record and the basic parameters we came in with were to keep the songs short, keep it moving and not letâ€™s get barked down in any like five minute jamsâ€¦ We wanted to keep it raw, we did our best to do by using shitty microphones (you can beep that out, canâ€™t you?) and just generally tried not to let it be too clean which is a bit of work these days.
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