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The Check Your Head Cast of Characters
What makes all the Beastie Boys' albums enjoyable to listen to is that they all exhibit different styles of music. One can listen to an album and hear the variety in the songs. Check Your Head is no different, as the styles of the music ebb and flow with each passing track. One of the reasons for the variety in the music is the cast of characters that the Beastie Boys surround themselves with. Up to and during the recording of Check Your Head, such people as Money Mark, Mario Caldato Jr., DJ Hurricane, the Biz Markie, and a slew of others influenced the recording of the music either by being present in the studio, G-Son, or being in the lives of the Beastie Boys, such as Tamra Davis or Ione Skye. These people left an indelible mark on the sound of Check Your Head and have been immortalized in the liner notes. Inspired by the liner notes of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band we have created a key to each person/thing in the liner notes collage. It is recommended that you get out your copy, as the diagram below is a bit small to see the details.
# Information Money Mark Mike D circa 1989 Adam Yauch's Cadillac (later auctioned online for the Milarepa Fund) Mario Caldato Jr in High School Adam Yauch, Ricky Powell, and others backstage at a concert, perhaps 1987 Mike D and Adam Yauch circa 1989 Max Perlich in some sort of old car Adam Horovitz DJ Hurricane circa 1987 Ricky Powell circa 1989 Cey Adams and Dave Scilken Michael Diamond Digital Underground (Shock G and Money B) alongside of Adam Yauch and Adam Horovitz 1989 Tamra Davis? Circa 1987 Maybe is Dave Scilken in a red fever shirt (like Horovitz wore in So What'cha Want) along side of Diamond, Yauch and Rick Rubin Ione Skye and Adam Horovitz Adam Yauch circa 1989 Adam Horovitz circa 1985 A goat, may be in reference to the line "My man MCA's got a beard like a billy goat" from Shake Your Rump Beastie Boys Records flag that was flown from the top of the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles, CA when the band was signed to the label. Adam Yauch on a ski trip at Mountain High Resort in San Bernardino, California. Hippi Steve Truck which happens to have sign saying "Mike Diamond" on it Member of Bad Brains? Member of Bad Brains? Adam Horovitz Adam Yauch circa 1987 Mike D playing live Adam Yauch in the outdoors Possibly Ricky Powell Day Montague wedged behind milk crates of albums in Brooklyn in 1986 Lee Quinones (a graffiti artist in Wild Style) A page out of the Kama Sutra Adrock and Cey Adams playing up with Cey's child, Eric. Dr. Dre and Yauch circa 1989, perhaps during the filming of Yo MTV Raps Money Mark draped with a towel and wearing a shower cap David Scilken on the left and Art Africano both of the Young and the Usless Johnny Ryall on the stoop with the Captain and Mike D at Mike's old place on Barrow Street in New York, NY. "He was a bum who spent a great deal of time hanging out on our stoop. I came up with this theory that he was a big Rockabilly star from back in
the day. Hence the song." -the Captain
Mike D and Adrock live Dave Scilken Adam Yauch Adam Yauch wearing the wig from the Hey Ladies video Mike D with a basketball and the caption: "As I became more comfortable on the court, I became more "Clyde," the well dressed man-about-town." Probably is Juanito Vazquez who played Congas on the album see credits Possibly Adam Horovitz and his mother. Wendell Fite aka Dj Hurricane circa 1987 Adam Horovitz Member Bad Brains?? Adam Horovitz Ricky Powell Adam Horovitz Adam Yauch Mike Diamond Harry Houdini with drawings of marker all over Cey Adams Adam Horovitz Lisa Ann Cabasa Adam Horovitz Adam Yauch Adam Yauch Adam Yauch Bosco and Tom Cushman of Big Fat Love Adam Yauch Mike Diamond Russell Simmons along with Mike D and Yauch at Lyor's wedding which was held in the Dominican Republic Dave Scilken Run of Run DMC Adam Yauch and Lisa Ann Cabasa