Last month, I was so bored on an airplane that I started flipping through American Way magazine out of desperation. To my surprise, there was a laugh-out-loud interview with Mike D (Michael Diamond) and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) of the Beastie Boys (The third Beastie, MCA [Adam Yauch], is being treated for cancer and didn’t participate). First they mocked the interviewer:
“How do you get paid?” asks Diamond, who’s smartly turned out in an oxford shirt and a sweater. “Do you get compensated in miles?”
“Or do you get free stuff from that catalog, the SkyMall?” wonders the graying Horovitz, arching an eyebrow.
Then they make some random-ass comments.
“I’m a fan of pretzels,” Horovitz says. “I’d like to go on record saying that. I know that will be of tremendous interest to American Airlines passengers.”
You can read the whole article here.
I would be delighted to work for American Way magazine if it meant I could be teased by the Beastie Boys and get some free SkyMall shit. I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating SkyMall’s offerings, particularly the Bug Vacuum. That would have come in handy recently, when a gigantic cucaracha invaded my living room.
I’ve also spent a lot of time wondering what kind of people buy the Bigfoot garden sculpture. I must meet those people!
I’ve been loving the Beastie Boys’ latest album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, but I can’t think of the Beasties without thinking of “Cooky Puss,” so here it is.
UPDATED TO ADD: After posting this, I remembered there is an Abominable Snowman in the Beastie Boys’ Spike-Jonze-directed video for “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win.” (The video ends with the disclaimer that “No yetis were harmed during the making of this film.”) I think our mission is clear, readers. We must join together to buy the SkyMall Bigfoot, spray-paint it white, and plant it in Mike D’s yard. Are you in?
UPDATED AUG. 2, 2011, TO ADD: And now you can buy fully-poseable Beastie Boy action figures. They’re $750. Proceeds go to two cancer charities.