Listen to the Beastie Boys in a previously unaired interview from 1985

Winding up a tour with Madonna, the rap group was just finding its iconic voice

Prachi Gupta
April 30, 2013 7:40PM (UTC)

David Gerlach's “Blank on Blank” series, produced by PBS Digital Studios, has revived a never-before-heard interview of Beastie Boys, Mike D (Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch) and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) from 1985, when the group was finding the hip-hop voice that later earned them three Grammy Awards and multiple platinum albums.

In the following animated clip, the group talks to ABC News Radio's Rocci Fisch, telling him about their tour with Madonna, how they're not just "rappers for the suburbs" and the origin of their name "from the good old days."


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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