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A Whimsical ‘See Ya’ to the Beastie Boys

Last week Adam Yauch (also known as MCA) of the Beastie Boys died at age 47 after a three-year battle with cancer. For some it was simply the passing of a musician, or a component of a wildly successful rap trio, for others it was unexpectedly devastating and signaled the untimely demise of an expression of our collective youth. The Beastie Boys were capricious, sly, innovative, expressive, and a hell of a lot of fun, and many of you in the 25 to 50 age range will, no doubt, associate their verve and energy with a piece of your early life.

Sad as it is, the Beasties embodied fun and vitality over sentimentality. So as a fitting tribute to the fallen MCA, here are the fine characters of Richard Scarry’s Busytown and a few of the main players on Sesame Street doing their version of the 1992 Beastie Boys classic “Sure Shot.” Here is something to make you smile:

“Sure Shot” as performed by the Busytown players

Sure Shot Busytown – watch more funny videos

“Sure Shot” as performed by the cast of Sesame Street

Stand by for my coming tribute to Maurice Sendak.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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6:17PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Thank you for posting.

6:16PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Thank you for posting.

9:11PM PDT on May 14, 2012

Awesome, MCA RIP

8:34PM PDT on May 10, 2012

Loved the video of Sesame Street gang singing. RIP Adam. you will be missed.

3:08PM PDT on May 10, 2012

RIP Brother.
Infinite Blessings!

3:08PM PDT on May 10, 2012

RIP Brother.
Infinite Blessings!

12:03PM PDT on May 10, 2012


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7:53AM PDT on May 10, 2012

yay beasties! rip adam

3:09AM PDT on May 10, 2012


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