“I’m Down” – The Beastie Boys

After giving high praise to the Beatles’ original, here’s the lost, molar-rattling, rude, and punk-as-hell Beastie Boys cover that was supposed to be included on their legendary Rick Rubin-produced 1986 masterpiece “Licensed to Ill,” but was left off for legal reasons.   Rumor has it that Michael Jackson, by then the copyright owner, put the kabosh on it.  He felt fine licensing the Beatles’ most political song “Revolution” to Nike but … well … that’s another story.   All I can say is … thank God for YouTube.

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