Some fans of the Beastie Boys dig
through crates looking for vinyl records. Other fans dig
through album liner notes looking for insight and information.
Both groups of fans have historically been puzzled over
a particular name credited both on the Polly
Wog Stew Ep and also on the Some
Old Bullshit release: Dave ID.
It turns out that the Dave ID was actually David Hahn,
who although now deceased lives on in Punk/Hardcore infamy
for his many contributions to the scene. As a musician,
Hahn played drums for the shock performance
punk band The Mad. This group formed in 1978 and was fronted
by Screaming Mad George, who went on to become famous for
his movie and music video special effects company.
In addition to lending back up vocals
on the Polly Wog Stew EP, David Hahn also sang back
up on the Bad Brains 1989 album Quickness.
Hahn had previously played a larger role as the Bad Brains
manager and production coordinator. In fact it was Hahn
who reportedly convinced the ROIR label to put out New
York Thrash Compilation in 1982. The New York Thrash
Compilations significance is often overlooked
by collectors of the Beastie Boys. It features two songs
by the band: Beastie Boys and Riot Fight.
The ROIR compilation album came out
just before Ratcage Records released Polly Wog Stew,
so in the baseball card collecting world it would be viewed
as the Beastie Boys true rookie card. Original copies
of the New York Thrash Compilation are bought and
sold fairly often through online auctions. However if you
would like to own a little bit of Hahns handiwork
without going broke, compact discs of the album can be purchased
through ROIRs website. In addition to the Beastie
Boys, the album features songs by the Bad
Brains, Even Worse, and
Hahns band The Mad.