Deep in the Vaults: A Very Early Beastie Boys Interview Unearthed and Animated

Blank on Blank makes vintage interviews available to the public.

You know that amazing feeling when you find money hiding in a jacket pocket that you haven't worn in months? I can imagine that's a little bit like how the team behind Blank on Blank feels every time they unearth a rare, never before heard or seen interview with some of the world's most interesting figures. They've built an entire business on these discoveries. They make these vintage interviews available to the public, but also present many with a creative twist, by animating segments, like this rare Beastie Boys' interview from 1985 conducted by Rocci Fisch for ABC News Radio.


At the time the boys were between the ages of 19 and 21, and midway through a tour opening up for Madonna. "Usually there’s about basically almost a riot breaking out after every show because either the crowd wants to kill us or we have to run from the girls because they mob us," Mike D describes of the tour. Adam “MCA” Yauch concludes that, at the time of the interview, they are the only white rappers out on vinyl (ahh remember vinyl?). He also describes their style as "soul, hardcore, b-boy music, and we do not play sucker music." Finally, when Fisch asks how they came up with their name. Yauch challenges: "Lay it on me: can you think of a stupider name than the Beastie Boys?"

Related: 19,000 Plates and Counting: Beastie Boys' Mike D Runs a Free Food Truck

via Barry Schapiro / Twitter

The phrase "stay in your lane" is usually lobbed at celebrities who talk about politics on Twitter by people who disagree with them. People in the sports world will often get a "stick to sports" when they try to have an opinion that lies outside of the field of play.

Keep Reading

The Free the Nipple movement is trying to remove the stigma on women's breasts by making it culturally acceptable and legal for women to go topless in public. But it turns out, Free the Nipple might be fighting on the wrong front and should be focusing on freeing the nipple in a place you'd never expect. Your own home.

A woman in Utah is facing criminal charges for not wearing a shirt in her house, with prosecutors arguing that women's chests are culturally considered lewd.

Keep Reading

In August, the Recording Academy hired their first female CEO, Deborah Dugan. Ten days before the Grammys, Dugan was placed on administrative leave for misconduct allegations after a female employee said Dugan was "abusive" and created a "toxic and intolerable" work environment. However, Dugan says she was actually removed from her position for complaining to human resources about sexual harassment, pay disparities, and conflicts of interest in the award show's nomination process.

Just five days before the Grammys, Dugan filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and her claims are many. Dugan says she was paid less than former CEO Neil Portnow. In 2018, Portnow received criticism for saying women need to "step up" when only two female acts won Grammys. Portnow decided to not renew his contract shortly after. Dugan says she was also asked to hire Portnow as a consultant for $750,000 a year, which she refused to do.

Keep Reading