Hello Nasty

by Beastie Boys

Original Release Date: 1998-07-14

Hello Nasty

Hello Nasty was the sound of a band that either had nothing to prove or realised there was no point trying to prove it. Their biggest hits (“Fight for Your Right”, “Sabotage”) had been jokes, and their most ambitious statements (Paul’s Boutique) had been flops—what did they know about the music industry that they didn’t learn by embarrassing themselves? Part of the album’s success could be chalked up to public profile: In 1996, the band hosted the first Tibetan Freedom Concert, drawing in a diverse, socially conscious audience that probably hadn’t given them a second thought since Licensed to Ill, not to mention reasserted (ahem) their true identity as a group of smart, passionately curious dudes you could grow and learn with. It also reflected a broadening sense of what alternative music was and could be. Beck, Cornershop, DJ Shadow, Luscious Jackson, Bran Van 3000—it was a funkier moment, more global, more inclusive and eclectic. Most of the time, Hello Nasty doesn’t even sound like one band. But in its range—the psychedelic boom-bap (“Intergalactic”, ”Body Movin’”), the Buddhist bossanova (“I Don’t Know”), the jazzy mixed-grill instrumentals (“Song for Junior”, “Sneakin’ Out the Hospital”)—lay a sense of discovery and experimentation that doubled as a rallying cry, proof that maturity has more to do with exploring what you don’t know than persisting in what you think you do. Remembering an interview in which he was asked if “Song for the Man”—a lounge-y call-out of sexual harassment—was hypocritical in the wake of their past, Ad-Rock, in the Apple TV+ documentary Beastie Boys Story, said, “I’d rather be a hypocrite than the same person forever.” So here they were, mostly back in New York now, jamming in lower Manhattan sub-basements, pressing record with one hand and rushing over to their instrument just in time for the cue, doing what they’d always done: change.


  1. Super Disco Breakin'
  2. The Move
  3. Remote Control
  4. Song For The Man
  5. Just A Test
  6. Body Movin'
  7. Intergalactic
  8. Sneakin’ Out The Hospital
  9. Putting Shame In Your Game
  10. Flowin’ Prose
  11. And Me
  12. Three MC’s And One DJ
  13. The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Movin')
  14. Song For Junior
  15. I Don’t Know
  16. The Negotiation Limerick File
  17. Electrify
  18. Picture This
  19. Unite
  20. Dedication
  21. Dr. Lee, PhD
  22. Instant Death

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_Nasty
Format Vinyl 2× LP Album Reissue Remastered (180 gram)
Label Capitol Records
Catalog Number 509996 94239 18
Notes Gatefold packaging sleeve design, pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
Discogs URL Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty