Remember back in December, when Beastie Boys fan LeRoy McCarthy petitioned for the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street to be renamed “Beastie Boys Square”? Unsurprisingly, a Manhattan community board ruled against that petition yesterday, despite McCarthy’s original plea that, Because of the album cover photo, and [because] the Beastie Boys were ever-changing NYC artist, the location of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street would be a great place to honor Beastie Boys with a corner co-naming.
The vote was practically unanimous at 24 to 1 (that one must have been a major Beastie Boys fan) and prevents McCarthy from filing this application for at least five years.
Explaining the decision, the board’s chairwoman Gigi Li explained to DNAInfo, “My decision was based on the fact that it did not meet the criteria and the fact that previously our most recent group of co-namings held each application to the high standard of meeting every single criteria we set out for co-namings.”
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When you were a kid, the sky was the limit. You could hope to be an astronaut, eat ice cream for dinner, or maybe even have a landmark building or street named after you. For the Beastie Boys, that last dream may just come true. LeRoy McCarthy has petitioned for the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street, where the album art for Paul’s Boutique was shot, to be titled “Beastie Boys Square.” Launched in September, the petition has gathered only 234 supporters, and will be presented to Manhattan’s Community Board 3 and New York City’s Council in January.
A portion of the petition reads, “In the panoramic photograph it captured the vibrancy of the ever-changing life on the streets of NYC. The album, released July 25th 1989, was groundbreaking, and it encompassed these Boys from NYC, rapping about life and times from their point of view. Because of the album cover photo, and the Beastie Boys were ever-changing NYC artist, the location of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street would be a great place to honor Beastie Boys with a corner co-naming.”
Earlier this year, McCarthy proposed a similar idea for Biggie Smalls, but was denied.
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“GoldieBlox achieved and continues to achieve additional publicity, press coverage, and, upon information and belief, greater sales of its products, as a direct result of the Beastie Boys’ perceived affiliation with the GoldieBlox Advertisement. Unfortunately, rather than developing an original advertising campaign to inspire its customers to create and innovate, GoldieBlox has instead developed an advertising campaign that condones and encourages stealing from others¦ The Beastie Boys Parties have suffered and will continue to suffer injury in an amount not presently known¦ [and] are entitled to recover from GoldieBlox the damages and lost profits they have sustained as a result of GoldieBlox’s unlawful acts of copyright infringement and to recover from GoldieBlox the gains, profits, and advantages GoldieBlox has obtained as a result of the wrongful conduct alleged herein.”
So goes a portion of the lawsuit filed by lawyers for the Beastie Boys against the toymaker GoldieBlox, who, as you likely know by now, used a ‘parody’ of the band’s song “Girls” in their recent popular commercial.
The group had previously contacted GoldieBlox to inquire about the use of their song (essentially saying, hey, you know you didn’t get permission and really can’t use this, right?) and the company responded by filing a preemptive lawsuit claiming fair use (again, they didn’t use the band’s track, but instead recorded a new version with changed lyrics). They then apologized and dropped the suit, saying, We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.
The Beasties have now called BS on this whole thing, noting that the company has already reaped the benefits of their questionable actions, with the original viral hit, plus the subsequent publicity.
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YouTube and music have gone hand in hand for a while now, helping break new stars (Gotye), and giving music lovers one more place to stream poor quality versions of their favorite songs. But perhaps YouTube’s greatest contribution to the music industry all started with the Chinese Backstreet Boys and their hilarious rendition of “I Want It That Way,” the video that spawned a sensation.
Six and a half years later, YouTube is no longer just a teenager, but hilarious lip syncing videos can still win over the crowd. Another sports team has lip synced another top 40 gem and have become mini-superstars themselves.
We did a little round up of some of the best/funniest/most clever music-centric vids on the web, read on for the rest: