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Since the winter of 1986-87, when the Beastie Boys first started appearing on television with some regularity, fans have made an effort to record and preserve these interviews and performances. Ten years later (1996-97), fans began trading VHS video cassettes thanks to the burgeoning use of the internet. Compiling various clips was a challenge because in the USA video cassette recorders are NTSC formatted, whereas in Europe they are set to either the PAL or SECAM formats. This difference in formats required footage acquired from overseas to be converted with expensive international VCRs.

Around the turn of the century (1999), there was a great deal of talk regarding VCR to DVD recording possibilities. However, many DVD recorders were not compatible with other DVD players. Therefore a DVD+R or DVD-R that had been recorded on one machine may not be recognized when play was attempted in another DVD player. This opened the door for VCDs (video compact discs) to briefly be the media of choice among Beastie Boys video collectors/traders. It was not long though until DVD recorders came down in price and manufacturers ironed out the compatibility issues. In 2003, fans began to digitalized and archive their old clips either with stand alone DVD recorders or with computer software and in-tower CD/DVD burners. With high speed internet connections in most homes, trading digitalized footage became as simple as the click of a mouse. File sharing had largely replaced the old days of buying blank VHS tapes or DVDs, packaging the media up, and standing in line at the post office for hours.

In 2006, everything changed again. With the advent of YouTube, fans could upload digital footage of the Beastie Boys for others to see, but not necessarily download. In the past, only a select few had access to these old television interviews and performances. The popularity of YouTube and similar video streaming sites has had fans questioning the context: the who, what, where, when, and why of when a particular Beastie Boys interview was conducted. Even during the old days of VHS tape trading, footage was often labeled inaccurately or not labeled at all. So the challenge for us at was to find a way to organize these television clips chronologically and when possible provide as much information as we can about them. If you have footage which he have not yet included or more information about an appearance please email us here at the following address staff at Beastiemania dot com.

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Date Show Country
31 Oct 2018 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon United States
19 Jun 2009 The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien United States
16 Jun 2009 VH1 United States
30 May 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Japan
25 May 2009 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon United States
14 May 2009 30 Rock United States
25 Feb 2007 Video Hits Australia
23 Feb 2007 JTV Australia
1 Aug 2006 Dose Canada
31 Jul 2006 CTV:eTalk Canada
26 Jul 2006 MTV: Overdrive Canada
24 Jul 2006 KTLA: Morning News United States
31 Mar 2006 United States
18 Mar 2006 NBC: Carson Daly Show United States
15 Mar 2006 Unidentified United States
2006 IFILM United States
2006 IFILM United States
Dec 2005 IGN Solid Gold Hits Track By Track
27 Sep 2005 MTV: Urban United States
27 Sep 2005 MTV: MTV News United States
22 Jul 2005 MTV2 United States
Jul 2005 NBA Street V3 Promotional Ad United States
28 Jan 2005 Channel V Australia
16 Jun 2004 Music: Beastie Boys Spotlight Special Canada
15 Jun 2004 MTV Live From the Five Boroughs United States
14 Jun 2004 VIVA: Mixery Live Deluxe Germany
12 Jun 2004 Viva Germany
9 Jun 2004 MTV 2 Sucker Free Sunday United States
4 Jun 2004 Aftonbladet United States
Jun 2004 VH1: And You Don’t Stop: 30 years of Hip Hop United States
Jun 2004 MTV Japan
16 May 2004 MTV The Netherlands
2004 VH1 News United States
2004 NHK: Japanese TV Japan
2004 MTV Direct Effect United States
2004 MTV 2 Uncensored United States
2004 MTV 2 Platinum Club United States
2004 MTV United States
2004 Japan TV Yahoo! Music Japan
2004 ARTE: Tracks France
Mar 2003 MTV 2 News United States
2003 VH1 Greatest Album Covers United States
2003 MTV 2 Wrap United States
3 Oct 2001 BBC I Love 1987 England
13 Sep 2001 MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) United States
13 Sep 2001 MTV: Club MTV United States
26 May 2001 CNN Headline News United States
13 Jan 2001 MTV: MTV News United States
2001 VH1: Presents the 80s United States
2001 VH1: Presents the 80s United States
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