I think I've mentioned a few times how I avoided the album through early adulthood, mostly due to an extreme dislike of Fight for Your Right to Party (because of overexposure in high school).
But it's a really good album.
I finally bought it in September.
Anyway, Jeffro over at Last Second Comeback posted an item that hit the feed about a Beastie Boys Annotated site, so I checked it out.
One thing that always made me feel a little funny (and that's "uncomfortable"-funny, not "climbing the rope in gym class"-funny) was this bit from Paul Revere:
I said, "I'll ride with you if you can get me to the borderNow, see, all this time, I've thought this was an unpleasant reference to the Glen Ridge Rape Case, where three upper-middle-class NJ teenagers were convicted of sexually assaulting a mentally-retarded 17-year-old girl, including with a bat of some sort (I remember reading it described as a fungo bat -- I still don't know what a fungo bat is.)
The sheriff's after me for what I did to his daughter
I did it like this - I did it like that
I did it with a whiffleball bat"
It's only now, that I realize I forgot one simple, obvious thing:
The Glen Ridge rape case was in 1989.
Licensed to Ill came out in 1986.
Of course the whiffleball bat lyric couldn't be a reference to Glen Ridge.
I just figured this out today.
It's kind of like how I first thought the big shootout in Michael Mann's 1995 Heat was based on the North Hollywood bank robbery shootout of 1997 (when it quite possibly was the other way around).
Could it have been life imitating art? Hard to say.
Anyway, I owe the Beastie Boys an apology for maligning them psychically via the thoughts in my head.