Minimation: The Beastie Boys’s Fleetwood Mac Debate

By Brian Ives 

On Minimation, we comb through the CBS Radio interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists. In this interview from 2007, the Beastie Boys take on the  timeless debate of which Fleetwood Mac album is better: Rumours or Tusk?

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to talk to all three Beastie Boys together (that is Mike D, Adam Yauch and Adam Horovitz), you’ll appreciate this episode of Minimation. The experience was akin to herding cats.

By 2007, when this interview took place, it was well known that that’s how talking to the Beastie Boys would go. Asking what inspired their then-new, all-instrumental album, The Mix-Up, probably never had a chance of getting any legitimate answer. Adam Yauch’s answer, that they were influenced by Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, should probably be taken with twelve grains of salt; as should the ensuing debate over whether or not Mike D prefers Tusk  to Rumours, which included shout outs to the Clash and Electric Light Orchestra.

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