The Beastie Boys are one of those bands I avoid going off about because they were around for so long, and had such a good track record that there's just too much to be said. Once you get started..., you know.
Earlier today I just happened to see the clip of them doing "Sabotage" on Letterman. Man, I gotta say, that clip holds up pretty damn well, considering it looked cool in 1994 and still does today. Good fucking screams in that one, right up there with the greats. After checking that out, I followed it with "I Want Some" which is pretty damn close to punk rock.
Now here's the thing that sets the Beasties Boys apart. Check out the instrumental, "Son of Neckbone". Same band. No vocals, no samples, just groove. That's just insane the they could play both types of music without sacrificing authenticity, because they always did seem authentic if only because growing musically was their first priority. They were just playing their record collection, a collection that was good and varied. They could have followed "Licensed to Ill" with a half dozen records just like it and cleaned up, but they didn't. They started fucking with things right out of the gate.
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Beastie Boys - Sabotage mp3 at Internet Archive
Beastie Boys - I Want Some mp3 at Internet Archive
Beastie Boys - Son of Neckbone mp3 at Internet Archive
Beastie Boys - Sounds of Silence at Internet Archive 40 songs. Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"