6. Beastie Boys- Check Your Head

Mark Morriss ‘

After the disappointment of Paul’s Boutique (sales-wise, not the mind-humping dynamism of it’s content) it felt like it was make or break time for the Beastie Boys career when this came out in 1992. What they delivered was a lesson in back to basics brilliance. Mixing real playing, the new sounds of gangsta rap and an unstoppably funky circle of friends and collaborators, Check Your Head is the sound of a group aiming high. And it shits all over your favourite hip-hop record. 

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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