Posts Tagged ‘Beastie Boys’

Beastie Boys Not Amused by ‘Girls’ Parody

November 26, 2013

This post first appeared on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.


It seems that parody will get you nowhere with the Beastie Boys. The hip-hop group is not amused by the use of its song “Girls” in a viral advertising video by GoldieBlox, a San Francisco-area start-up that designs toys encouraging girls to explore science and engineering. (You’ve probably seen the video — it’s the one with the adorable little girls who built an incredibly cool Rube Goldberg contraption.)

GoldieBlox, say the Beastie Boys in an open letter, has the right to fight to encourage girls to become engineers, but not to use their music for commercial purposes.

The toy company, on the other hand, thinks it has every right to put out a parody version of the song, whose original anti-feminist lyrics speak of girls who do the dishes and laundry (in the GoldieBlox version, the girls build spaceships and code apps).

It seems the start-up knew Beastie Boy members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (third member Adam “MCA” Yauch died in 2012) would not approve of its use of “Girls.” The company filed a preemptive lawsuit last week against the Beastie Boys, their record label and producer, asking the California federal court to classify the video as an example of fair use.

Here’s some of what the musicians had to say about GoldieBlox’s actions:

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


Make Some Noise, and Wallpaper

October 18, 2013

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.


Beastie Boys' Mike D's 'Brooklyn Toile' wallpaper

Beastie Boys’ Mike D’s ‘Brooklyn Toile’ wallpaper

Beastie Boys rapper and drummer Michael “Mike D” Diamond didn’t have to fight for the right to design his own custom wallpaper pattern.

The rapper is following the footsteps of other celebs, including fellow Jewish musician Lenny Kravitz, who designed several bold geometric wallpaper patterns with Flavor Paper.

So Diamond headed over to the Flavor Lair, the company’s groovy headquarters where they design their funky, quirky bespoke wallpapers and met owner and creative director Jon Sherman.

“Mike lives near here and he comes by,” Sherman recalled in a conversation with The Times of Israel. “He’s used our products before. He has our Elysian Fields wallpaper in his master bathroom.” That pattern is an intricate floral, but in an irreverent twist, it has bats and carnivorous plants instead of robins and roses.

“We take tradition and kind of turn it on its head,” Sherman explained. “We like to make it funky enough so that it just turns that corner.”

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.