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Having entertained legions of fans for years, the Beastie Boys are household names and living legends.

Yet, many of the people they have interacted with are not nearly as recognizable. Beastiemania.com feels that the more one knows about band, the more one can truly appreciate all that went into the creation of their music. From the various DJs to various percussionists, the Beastiemania.com Who's Who is an attempt to include everyone who has in one way or another contributed to the Beastie Boys creative spirit.


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Fab Five Freddy

Fans of the Beastie Boys will always remember Fab Five Freddy from his reign as host of Yo! MTV Raps. Specifically the appearances that Freddy filmed in New York with the Beastie Boys while on location in Chinatown. Those episodes aired on MTV following the release of Paul’s Boutique in 1989, and helped to push the album to sales of 500,000 units ... more

Fatboy Slim

Riding high on the success of his album, Fatboy Slim was approached by the Beastie Boys to remix one of their songs from Hello Nasty (1998). The result was a remix that was so good that the band chose it for the music video in place of their original lp version ... more

Cathy Fitzsimons

Cathy Fitzsimons and Dave Parsons were a high profile couple during the height of the NYHC movement and together ran the Ratcage Records store. Although Cathy is remembered by many who were part of the NYHC scene, in print she has been largely overlooked ... more

Flophaus Society Orchestra

The Flophaus Society Orchestra was yet another one of Mike D’s many side-projects. The group consisted of Mike D on drums, the ubiquitous David Sparks on washboard, Paul Henshaw on bass, Jay Wako on piano, Jeff Baker on trombone, a clarinet player in a Sear sucker suit named John Bartles, Eric Hubel on mandolin, and Bosco supplying vocals, hot cornet, & musical direction ... more

Glen E. Friedman

The photography of Glen E. Friedman is legendary amongst Beastie Boys fans. Glen was there to photograph the band during the wild days of Licensed to Ill and then returned to the foreground with his Check Your Head album cover photo ... more


As you may or may not be aware, the Check Your Head song "Time for Livin'" was not an original Beastie Boys composition. In fact, it was a combination of lyrics from Sylvester Stewart (Sly and the Family Stone) and music originally written by a New York band called Frontline ... more

Futura 2000

Futura 2000 started his career as a New York graffiti artist in 1970. But it wasn't until the 1980s that graffiti (as well as the hip hop lifestyle) came to the surface for the mainstream public to appreciate ... more