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Derek Walmsley

For those who, like us, have been cold rockin' the Beastie Boys' reissued Paul's Boutique – a big influence on The Bomb Squad, I believe – it's worth checking out this sample resource for the album.

I haven't looked into it deeply yet, but the sheer density of the samples, and breadth of the styles referenced, is fantastic.

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Hmmm... not sure this actually was an influence on The Bomb Squad, as "Paul's Boutique" came out a full year after Bomb Squad / PE's "...Nation Of Millions...".

Can't help wishing this re-release had included the remixes from the singles [which are rare and excellent], the reportedly amazing demos, and the early Dust Brothers collages that fired the Beasties' interest in them as producers.

Missed opportunity, but still... one of my favourite albums nonetheless.

Thanks for picking me up on this. Good point. I wonder which recesses of my memory I got this from? I've got a feeling that, somewhere, somehow, Paul's Boutique was noted as an influence on PE's Apocalypse 91. But this idea admittedly sounds a little odd, given the playfulness of PB and the sheer heaviosity of Apocalypse 91.

Trying to find where I had gleaned the idea of BB influencing PE, I found this in wikipedia:

Later in a VIBE interview of all three Beastie Boys, Chuck D of Public Enemy was quoted as saying that the "dirty secret" among the black hip-hop community at the time of release was that "Paul's Boutique had the best beats."[11]

So it sounds like the Beastie Boys were getting a lot of props, but the notion of any sort of direct influence is hard to establish.

It's funny, I seem to remember at the time, the Beastie Boys were considered little more than a spent novelty band, and many people didn't know what to make of Paul's Boutique... it only really became this semi-legendary album in retrospect, a process which began around the time its follow up, Check Your Head (a HUGE album for me as a hip hop and metal loving teenager... I mean, it sampled Venom!) was released. It's one of those records often considered a lost classic, but given its risen stock nowadays should perhaps more accurately be dubbed a 'reclaimed classic', fished out of the garbage can of pop history.

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