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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 Beastiemania.com 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
2001 VH1: Before they Were Rock Stars United States
2001 MTV: 20 Grab the Mic – A Hip-Hop History United States
2001 BET United States
3 Nov 2000 MTV’s Choose or Loose Votefest 2000 United States
Nov 2000 VH1 : 100 Greatest Albums of Rock and Roll United States
Oct 2000 Much Music: Much On Demand Canada
Aug 2000 The Learning Channel (TLC) Stand and Be Counted United States
27 Jul 2000 MTV: MTV News United States
Jul 2000 MTV: MTV News United States
Jul 2000 MTV: MTV News United States
Jul 2000 MTV United States
29 Jun 2000 MTV: MTV News United States
27 Jun 2000 MTV Total Request Live United States
18 Dec 1999 MTV: MTV News United States
Dec 1999 VH1: Behind the Music Russell Simmons United States
Nov 1999 MTV: MTV News 1515 United States
Nov 1999 MTV Total Request Live United States
Nov 1999 Channel 4 Beastie Boys This Time It's Serious England
22 Jul 1999 CNN Headline News United States
13 Jun 1999 MTV News 1515 United States
8 May 1999 Futurama United States
3 May 1999 MTV UK Scotland
1 May 1999 Belgium
29 Apr 1999 Z TV Music News Sweden
Feb 1999 MTV: 25 Large United States
28 Jan 1999 MTV: MTV News 1515 United States
1999 Space Shower TV Japan
1999 MTV : 1999 MTV Video Music Awards United States
1999 HBO: Reverb United States
1999 E! Hollywood Spirituality United States
1999 United States
18 Dec 1998 MTV News United States
Nov 1998 Saturday Night Live United States
Nov 1998 MTV United States
Oct 1998 MTV: Club MTV United States
10 Sep 1998 MTV: MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show United States
10 Sep 1998 MTV: MTV Video Music Awards United States
15 Aug 1998 Much Music Canada
11 Aug 1998 MTV News 1515 United States
11 Aug 1998 MTV News 1515 United States
Aug 1998 Much Music Canada
31 Jul 1998 MTV: MTV News 1515 United States
Jul 1998 TCI Cable Access United States
Jul 1998 Best Buy's Inside the Tracks United States
16 Jun 1998 CSPAN United States
15 Jun 1998 MTV Ultrasound United States
15 Jun 1998 MTV News 1515 United States
14 Jun 1998 CNN Headline News United States
14 Jun 1998 ABC News United States
Jun 1998 MTV Ultrasound United States
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