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New Beastie Boys Video: 25 Years Of Fighting To Party

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New Beastie Boys Video: 25 Years Of Fighting To Party

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

In the early days of MTV, one of its most popular videos was "Fight for Your Right," the song that introduced the Beastie Boys to the world. In it, the three Beastie Boys crashed a party and trashed an apartment. And now, the boys are 25 years older.

And as Jacob Ganz says, a new video sequel out today is a sneaky display of their maturity.

JACOB GANZ: In the first "Fight for Your Right" video, the mayhem created by Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D was of the juvenile prankster variety.

(Soundbite of video, "Fight for Your Right")

BEASTIE BOYS (Musical Group): (Singing) Party.

GANZ: Punch got spiked. A TV got smashed with a sledgehammer. Many, many whipped cream pies were thrown.

The new 22-minute-long film picks up right where the original ended, with the Beasties sneaking out of the party they've just trashed. Now, though, they're played by younger film stars: Elijah Wood as Ad-Rock, Danny McBride as MCA and Seth Rogen as Mike D.

(Soundbite of video, "Fight for Your Right Revisited")

Mr. SETH ROGEN (Actor): (as Mike D) Where did you get that sledgehammer? I don't know what you guys brought. Did you guys bring the sledgehammer?

Mr. ELIJAH WOOD (Actor): (as Ad-Rock) I did not bring a sledgehammer.

Unidentified Man (Actor): (as character) I brought the pies.

(Soundbite of laughter)

GANZ: The mayhem, once the three punks hit the street, is as messy and irreverent as ever.

(Soundbite of video, "Fight for Your Right Revisited")

BEASTIE BOYS: (Rapping) Here we go again, give you more, nothing lesser. Back on the mic is the anti-depressor. Ad-Rock, no pressure. Yes, we need this. The best is yet to come...

GANZ: And then our heroes run smack into another version of themselves, sent from the future, and played by Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

(Soundbite of video, "Fight for Your Right Revisited")

Mr. JOHN C. REILLY (Actor): (as Mike D) Break it down, Ad-Rock.

Mr. WILL FERRELL (Actor): (as Ad-Rock) We bring a super-fresh, old-school throw-down dance contest from the future.

GANZ: These are paunchy, gray-haired versions of the "Fight for Your Right" Beasties, who just kept fighting for their right to party, unchecked, for 25 years.

The thing is, in that time, the real Beastie Boys have actually grown up. They've advocated for the rights of women at their shows and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert.

So take the new video as the group's statement that even though their music has stayed vibrant, playful and young, the men behind it are happy to have grown up.

As MCA raps...

(Soundbite of video, "Fight for Your Right Revisited")

BEASTIE BOYS: (Rapping) My rhymes, they age like wine as I get older.

GANZ: My rhymes, they age like wine as I get older.

For NPR News, I'm Jacob Ganz.

(Soundbite of video, "Fight for Your Right Revisited")

BEASTIE BOYS: (Singing) Make some noise if you're with me.

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