A blog to get Spinal Tap into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and whatever else I want it to be about)

Luther Vandross v. The Beastie Boys

Bet you didn’t expect this matchup.

Luther’s playlist              Beastie’s playlist

Be sure to check out the other matches:

LL Cool J v. Wham!

Janet Jackson v Afrika Bambaataa

Transcript below:

The Beastie Boys are hip-hop pioneers who continue to put out some of the freshest and dope-est tracks around.

Luther Vandross was an R n’ B workhorse, whose presence could be felt all over pop music in the 80’s and 90’s.

The Beasties first hit; “Fight For Your Right” while not often taken in the ironic sense it was intended, helped establish Def Jam Records and made License to Ill the best selling rap album of the 80’s.

Before his solo career took off, Luther was a highly in-demand session artist.  He co-wrote “Fascination” with David Bowie for the album Young Americans, and performed on that album as well as albums for Barbra Streisand, Bet Midler, The J. Geils Band, The Average White Band, Ben E. King, Cat Stevens, Cher, Roberta Flack, Ringo Starr, Sha ka Kaahn, the Spinners, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Carlie Simon, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.  You’d think he’d be in as a sideman if nothing else.

While their first album was a huge hit, it was the remarkable use of sampling on Paul’s Boutique that really announced where the group was heading.  It didn’t sell well, but ended up being massively influential.

Luther was massively successful.  Each of his 14 albums went either platinum or double platinum.  Each of his first 7 topped the R n’ B charts.  He had 8 number 1 hits and sold over 30 million albums.

Well,  You gotta fight, for your right, to paaaarrrrr-ty!

That’s the best you got?

It’s hard to intellectualize the Beastie Boys, other than to say that their initial ironic songs melded with a widening appreciation for rap morphed into a postmodern hodgepodge of sounds, lyrics and beats making them one of the most enduringly popular acts of the 90’s.  And you’re scheming on a thing that’s a mirage. I’m trying to tell you now, it’s sabotage!

You can’t just quote famous lyrics to support your stance.

Why not?  Music is about what you feel not how you think.  So check,  check-check-check check it out. What,  wha-what-what-what’s it all about?  Work-wa-work-work-work-wa-work it out. Let’s turn this motherfuckin’ party out

Potty mouth.  At least Luther was a classy act.   And if feeling is the important thing, which act is more likely to get you some sweet, sweet love by the fireside?

So much for classy.

Viewers, you can listen to these songs and others via the handy Grooveshark links below.

3 responses

  1. Love the animation 🙂

    October 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  2. GSpera

    Wow, Corey, the animation really takes it to another level. Not that you’re out of the basement yet…

    Potty mouth!

    October 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

  3. Pingback: They stole my tournament (sorta). « Tap The Hall

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