an expert from an interview with luscious jackson from grand royal
OK. EMBARRASSING BEASTIE BOYS STORIES FROM WHEN THEY WERE 13 YEARS OLD...AFTER ALL, IT'S THEIR PUBLICATION
Jill: I've got one. This is not that embarrassing. Adam Yauch and I used to have this game in my house. We'd run around the house screaming and throwing pillows at each other. Like ALL around the house, down the hallways, into the living room. And my father's like a really peaceful guy, and he always reads in the living room.
WAS HE LIKE A PROFESSOR?
Jill: No, he's a writer. Anyway, we would just go like maniacs all over the house screaming, and one time it got so out of control that Adam like heaved this pillow at me and it broke one of our best lamps. [Groan]
Jill: And my father had to scold him. Like a child.
HOW OLD WAS ADAM?
JILL:I'd say he was like 16. And he was so embarrassed, and he felt so bad, and my father still remembers this.
Gabby: I have an Adam Yauch story! I've got a funny Adam Yauch story. The first time I ever met him. I went with this girl, Joanne, and her boyfriend to his house, in Brooklyn. We were about 13, he was wearing a mod shirt. He used to have a long trench coat, tan-
Jill: With "White Riot" written on the back.
Gabby: Was it? So anyway, I was only 13, so I had never really been around guys that much, OK? And we're sitting there! and I don't know what the situation is supposed to be, so all of a sudden my friend and her boyfriend start making out! And I'm looking at him, and I'm like, if you fucking-
Gabby: If you dare, you know, try to do anything, I will KILL ya'! And he's just sitting there like [folds hands and makes polite, well-behaved face].
Gabby: That was like my first experience with another guy. Nothing happened of course, but I just was like, 'Oh my God, what am I supposed to do now?'
WHAT DID HE DO, THOUGH?
Gabby: He didn't do anything. We just both sat there while they made out! And we were like [straight face]. And they were like 'neeyyea, yea, yea' [kissy face].
Jill: We all used to sleep at Adam Yauch's house sometimes. ALL of us! We used to have like 10 people.
Kate: His parents would go away a lot. Um, I have a good Adam and Michael slept over at my house, once, story. And uh, [Laughter]
Kate: Adam came into my room to tell me that there was like three inches of water on the bathroom floor because the water heater bottom dropped out while he was there. And I don't know if this is the same story, but Mike slept over one time, and he left such a mess in the bathroom, there was so many towels and so much water all over the place, that I got screamed at SO bad by mother! She couldn't believe it-
Jill [Mom voice]: 'Those guys just wreak havoc!'
Gabby: John Berry, the original guitarist, smashed my guitar. I lent Adam Horovitz my Pignose amp and he never gave it back!
Gabby: I am a bitter woman. But he lent me his guitar for the video, so we're even!
Jill: Totally out of tune, we tried to tune it. Where'd you get that yogurt?
YEAH, WERE DID YOU GET THAT YOGURT?
Vivian: Haight Street.
Kate: Mike Diamond used to sing in a British accent.
Jill: And an H.R. accent also.
Kate: Well first it was H.R., and then he got into some-
Jill: The British stuff. It kind of worked for him, though. Have to say, he pulled it off... [Thoughtful silence]
Jill: Do we have any more stories?
Gabby: I like the John Berry story!
I WAS GONNA SAY, WHAT'S UP WITH JOHN BERRY? ISN'T HE BACK IN NEW YORK?
Jill: He's playing in Ike The Dyke now.
Kate: He s a rock dude now.
Jill: He's a blues-rock guy now.
Kate: It's a real good band.
[They wonder if there's a John Berry wedding story or Screaming Trees story worth telling but determine there isn't. I turn to Vivian. I have promised my friend, Cole, who is in the room, that I will ask her to marry me.]