Jack Rabid enters into the Beastiemania.com
Whos Who for a couple of reasons. First off, he along
with John Berry comprised part
of the original line-up for the band Even
Worse. Second, he booked the Beastie Boys their first
paying gig. Prior to this the Beastie Boys had performed
live at the A7 club in New York City, but that was an unadvertised
plug in and play setting.
First concert performance that the Beastie Boys actually
got paid for was held at club called the Playroom. It was
formerly called Trude Hellers and was located at 9th
Street and 6th Avenue. The other acts on the bill were Use
of Force, Regan Youth, and Even Worse as the headliner.
Each of the four bands was given their share of the money
which had been taken in at the door. Rabid recalls that
the Beastie Boys, although they hadnt really brought
in any fans to the show, were not exactly full of thanks
for their twenty-five percent of the gate. I kinda
thought they were funny. I thought they had a funny attitude
and I liked John a lot. But, they really couldnt play
their instruments very well. And their songs werent
anything special in my opinion. But then again I was used
to a much higher standard of punk than what hardcore came
to allow. My favorite bands were the Buzzcocks, the Damned,
the Sex Pistols and the Clash
the Avengers and the
Weirdoes. These bands were fantastic. And then my favorite
bands while we were playing were the Undertones, the Ruts,
and the early Stiff Little Fingers. That was the standard
that I held most of the New York bands up against. I thought
that the Beastie Boys were one of the lesser bands in the
scene and certainly at that time in terms of draw and their
position on the bills
"But I thought they got a lot better as they went
along, and I started to like them by the time they put out
their first EP on the Ratcage label a year or two later.
And of course, I always loved John as a free-spirit personality,
and got along with the Beasties pretty well. I know my Even
Worse band mates were really good friends of theirs in fact.
Kate (Schellenbach) even later took my place in a post-Even
Worse lineup with all three of them. In fact, Adam
(Yauch) was there when we did our first ever Even Worse
reunion shows at CBGB last month (June 2002). Hadn't seen
him out and around at a club probably in 20 years..."
Even Worse and the Beastie Boys both appeared together
on the New York Thrash compilation which ROIR released in
1982. Initially it was put out on cassette and since has
continued to sell on compact disc. However, that was not
the pinnacle of Rabids music career. From 1988 to
1994, Jack Rabid played drums in the group Springhouse.
In addition to putting out two albums on the Caroline label,
Springhouse toured the country four times and jumped into
MTVs rotation with the music video for their song
Layers. When asked about this period Jack Rabid
said, We got our picture in Rolling Stone magazine
and were reviewed favorably in Melody Maker and Select...for
a short time we were a buzz band, and then the buzz faded.
Throughout the years though has Rabid has maintained success
as the driving force behind the music magazine The Big Takeover.
The Big Takeover, both in print as well as online, provides
readers with coverage that just can not be found in other
The following except was taken from bigtakeover.com:
"It's a bitch to proofread," laughs Rabid, who
still writes the bulk of Takeover's text, "but at least
it pays for itself after all this time. We lost money for
the first ten years, broke even for the next three, and
have made a profit in the last nine years. We've stayed
honest by avoiding the music 'business' as much as possible.
The musicians have been the most supportive, and I'll still
spend my own money on records I think are worthwhile.
Beastie Boys fans, who miss Grand Royal magazine, may find
comfort in reading the Big Take Over which is released biannually.
Unlike Grand Royal which never offered subscriptions, Jacks
magazine can be ordered for only $20 a year