Things That Make Us Feel Old: The Year 1989
As another year begins, record labels start unleashing commemorative editions of classic albums to take advantage of anniversaries of release dates and more importantly, yo' money. We already got wind of the impending Pearl Jam reissues a few weeks back. Now we get word that the Beastie Boys polished up their sampling-as-art opus Paul's Boutique for re-release on January 27.
The new edition of the 1989 classic was lovingly remastered by the Beasties, and will include expanded artwork and a code to download the band's track-by-track commentary for each song. Hopefully they can clue us in as how they managed to put at least half a dozen samples on each track alone, with no repeats.
It's hard to believe that Paul's Boutique is now almost legal drinking age. This album brought us the Dust Brothers and, thanks to the "Hey Ladies" video, the early-'90s '70s revival. The hyper-sampling paved the way for guys like Gregg Gillis' Girl Talk to sample like beat-crazy meth heads.
1989 was a banner year for music, the early spores of grunge and other hip-hop groundbreakers including De La Soul's 3 Feet High And Rising, the Pixies' Doolittle, Nirvana's Bleach, and David Hasselhoff's Teutonic breakthrough Looking For Freedom. We also got the debut records from Green Day, the Stone Roses, Nine Inch Nails and Technotronic.
If I remember correctly, the Technotronic album was just that "Pump up the Jam" song about 14 times in a row, with a special remix thrown in as a bonus track. - Craig Hlavaty
[Note: In 1989, this writer's favorite artist was George Strait and was the only kid in first grade at his Christian private school with a mullet and a Max Headroom T-shirt. He also hated his little brother's guts.]