Droppin' Knowledge - Fight For Your Right (Revisited) deconstructed
With the Beastie Boys’ eighth studio album “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" officially dropping this week, and the HD version of "Fight for Your Right (Revisited)" officially landing on my desktop today, I thought I’d show you some of the things I noticed on my third and fourth viewings. (I also posted the full cast a few months back as a sort of walkthrough, check it out here.)
The guy in the cab is carrying a briefcase full of coke! No wonder Adam Scott gets so irate.
On “Make Some Noise” Mike D raps “opened up a restaurant with Ted Danson”. Not only does Ted Danson play the owner of the restaurant the younger Beasties burst into, but it is also called “Chateau de Ted et Michel Dee”. Also, Google tells me Ted Danson’s character in Bored to Death is opening a restaurant in Season 3. Who knew?
Steve Buscemi plays a waiter in said restaurant. He also plays a waiter in Pulp Fiction, Coffee and Cigarettes, and Art School Confidential. Typecast.
You’ll probably recognise Jason Schwartzman as one of the restaurant patrons. As Vincent van Gogh, no less! “Hey Ladies”, from “Paul’s Boutique” references Van Gogh, Mike D later said “Where did [Van Gogh reference] come from? Your guess is as good as mine.”
Girl on skateboard! On my first viewing, the Parks and Rec heavy cast (Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Amy Poehler) made me think “it’s Aubrey Plaza!”. Alas, it’s director and oldest Beastie Adam Yauch’s 12-year-old daughter, Yosel. She can be heard saying “I’m gonna tell on you!” in the song “Shazam!”.
This is probably my favourite spot, David Cross (Tobias Funke) as Nathaniel Hornblower, Yauch’s directorial alter-ego! Yauch has directed almost all of the Beastie Boys’ videos under the Hornblower moniker, also hilariously gatecrashing the MTV VMAs in 1994. David Cross portrayed Hornblower before, in the short film “A Day in the Life of Nathaniel Hornblower” (clip here) which was a special feature on the Yauch produced “Awesome I Fuckin Shot That” concert DVD.
Orlando Bloom! Washing cars! Eh? Orlando is “Johnny Ryall”, a homeless man from the Paul’s Boutique song of the same name. “Washing windows on the Bowery at a quarter to four” raps MCA. I’ve personally never seen a homeless man with such perfect hair and a Def Jam windbreaker, but I think I’ll let it slide.
A blimp! Could it be the Conan Blimp? It looks kind of orange, doesn’t it?
It looks like future Mike D had a little accident. Old age incontinence perhaps?
Although this is really blurred, the “Lee’s Sporting Goods”, “Ben’s Shoes” and “Spitzer’s Corner Store” shop fronts are references to the Paul’s Boutique album cover, and the stores at the 1989 Ludlow St/Rivington St intersection in New York City. Gif of the album cover here (my personal favourite gif too).
Of course, the real Beastie Boys turn up at the end of the video as cops cleaning up, clearly a throwback to the brilliant Spike Jonze directed video for Sabotage.