On January 16th, 1987 The Beastie Boys became the first act ever to be censored on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Although this story starts before The Beastie Boys even hit the stage. The Beastie Boys were given four $800-a-night Villas at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angles, seeing as how the show was paying for the rooms and all expenses the Beastie Boys decided to have a little fun. They went from room to room without using the doors, they climbed out windows and went through side doors. they also racked up hefty T.V. and phone bill. The boys pestered room service numerous times, asking for pointless favors such as “Hey man can I get a glass of water?”. On the second night in L.A. they rented the hotel’s Rolls Royce and refilled the car’s minibar multiple times.

The Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys

In the words of their manager at the time, Russel Simmons “By the end of their stat the rooms looked like they had been hit by a tornado or something”.  Simmons explains that once they “dragged” the band down to American Bandstand the band was “in bad shape” due to the nights of partying prior to the performance. The Beastie Boys made it a point not to edit them selves and would even insulted the make-up of a woman who they would later learn was Dick Clark’s wife at the time. Simmons later stated that “the Guys (Beastie Boys) sent Mrs.Clark a bundle of flowers with an apology card”. Up until this point, no artist had ever be censored on American Bandstand and most artists performed edited versions of their songs, with the exception of The Doors, who had the infamous performance of “Light my Fire” when Jim Morison “accidentally” sang the lyric “Girl we couldn’t get much higher”. That Doors incident along with the story of The Beastie Boys go down in rock folk lore as classic acts of disobedience and rebellion. The whole experience and story can be summed up in the words of Dick Clark himself “Oh, the Beastie Boys were pretty memorable”

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