But what of Fight For Your Right? It was released w/e 28 February 1987 – I was a spotty 17 year old at sixth form, jut the target audience for the Beastie Boys. It grew slowly, entering the UK Singles Chart at 36 and progressing steadily to its peak at number 11 in the w/e 28 March. Fight For Your Right was the first single by the group and was taken from their debut album, Licensed To Ill and was backed by Time To Get Ill. It was classic generation gap stuff, with lyrics bemoaning the fact that Mom insists you go to school, or that Dad says you can’t smoke whilst himself smoking two pack(ets) a day. You know the drill.
I bought it on 6th April – a Monday, no doubt it offered some respite to difficulties I was experiencing in one A Level class or another. To be brutally, and somewhat disappointingly, frank with you I never experienced any of the sentiments expressed in the song. Yes I had the odd run in with me Dad, but apart from his forcing us to listen to Jim Reeves in the car whenever we went out anywhere there were never any seismic rifts.
Anyway, back to the Beastie Boys. If you don’t like them, or think that you might not like them, look away now… For the rest of you, here’s a little taster: