"Michael [Jackson, who owned the rights to "I'm Down" by the Beatles] said something to Quincy Jones to the effect of, 'I hate the record, and I hate them'; so it doesn't look too hopeful" - Michael Diamond, 1987
"There have been a couple of songs that we haven't been able to put out, and a couple of radio spots we made that haven't been aired, things like that. But I gotta say this - if I ever see Michael Jackson, I'm gonna light his Jeri curls on fire. I'm gonna sneak up on him with a can of lighter and go to work. I think if they had a 3-D movie in Disneyworld of Adrock punching Michael Jackson's face, they'd get a good draw." - Michael Diamond in East Coast Rocker, January 21, 1987
"Who does he think he is? I could understand it if Paul McCartney said no, because it's his song, but Michael Jackson! I guess everybody should wear that stupid-ass glove." - Michael Diamond in East Coast Rocker, January 21, 1987
"I just don't know what makes him (Michael Jackson) think that he can decide what the rest of the world can hear. He's on this whole campaign, like he's holier than thou. I don't think he really knows what the fuck is going on in the world." - Michael Diamond in East Coast Rocker, January 21, 1987
"Michael Jackson, who owns the Beatles' catalog, refused to grant [Beasties Boys] permission to include their surf-guitar/doo-wop version of 'I'm Down' on [Licensed to Ill]" - Creem, May 1987
"After a long pause, he (Michael Diamond) responds to a question about Michael Jackson, who as owner of the publishing rights to the Beatles' songs , refused the Beasties permission to put their own customized version of the Fab Four's 'I'm Down' on their album. 'What would I do if I met him?' Mike D says. 'I'd unplug his oxygen tent, rip off his surgical mask and spit in his face.'" - Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1987
"Beastie Boys are openly annoyed at [Michael] Jackson, who recently filed a cease and desist order against Los Angeles radio station LROQ for playing the Beasties'
unreleased rendition of the Fab Four's 'I'm Down.' Jackson had earlier refused to allow the Beasties to include that version on Licensed to Ill." - Playboy, 1987