Everybody loved “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys right from the moment it was released. Eschewing some of the trappings of their more recent albums, the Beasties picked up some guitars and drum sticks and rapped over rock and roll. With Ad-Rock on guitar and lead vocals, MCA on bass, and Mike D on drums, the band proved they could pull it off live on Letterman in 1994.
Ill Communication was one of the Beastie’s most successful albums thanks to “Sabotage”, entering the charts at #1. The track was used in an episode of Futurama, two Star Trek movies, and a Weird Al cover on American Dad.
Live on Letterman, filled out with record scratching and organ breaks, “Sabotage” really comes to life. The Beastie Boys always had a confident swagger, and they managed to maintain that vibe even when playing live as a band on national television. This version of “Sabotage” kicks!