Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys performs on stage as part of Field Day, Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The festival was scheduled to be held on Long Island, N.Y., but due to permit issues, was relocated to New Jersey at the last minute. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Adam Yauch died of complications from cancer this morning. For many of us here on Long Island our first exposure to the Beastie Boys was through their 1983 12" cult classic Cookie Puss.
In 1983 I was working at a radio station further on down the dial and hosting a hard core show called the Midnight Riot. Cookie Puss was a very popular request item and for a while every time I played it someone would anonymously have a Carvel Cookie Puss ice-cream cake delivered to the studio!
Sometimes we played it just because we were craving ice-cream! I remember hosting a Beastie Boys show at a club in Stony Brook around that time and I watched the guys put on a high energy show despite the fact that the place only had a handful of patrons in attendance.
But when “License to Ill” came out in 1986 the game completely changed as the Beasties blew the doors open to mainstream hip hop success.