“Egg Raid on Mojo”: In January 1984, the Beastie Boys appeared on a NYC public access TV show

By and on October 22, 2018

In late January of 1984, the Beastie Boys made one of their very first TV appearances on The Scott & Gary Show,” a public access TV show taped at Metro Access’s studios, located at 110 East 23rd Street in Manhattan. Watch it now on Night Flight Plus!

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The Beastie Boys — Adam Yauch, Michael Diamond, Kate Schellenbach and Adam Horowitz, credited onscreen as “Adam, Michael, Kate, Adam” — were still several years away from the release of their groundbreaking album, License to Ill (the first rap album to hit #1 on the Billboard pop charts) and they were still more of a hardcore punk band at the time, too.

You’ll see them playing three of their early songs, including “White Shadow,” the story of their search for TV reruns of The White Shadow,” a show about a white basketball coach in South Central L.A., and “Egg Raid on Mojo,” a song about them tossing eggs at a bouncer who wouldn’t let them into a NYC bar.

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Below, we’ve asked The Scott & Gary Show host Scott Lewis to tell us about some of his personal memories about the taping of the show, which was their second episode ever, airing on January 29, 1984 (it was considered their “Valentine’s Day” show, which is why you see the backdrop of hearts behind the band).

Scott Lewis:

“As a fan of the Dead Kennedys, I enjoyed a slam dance or two, at least until über-ggressive testosterone lunkheads joined the party. Anyhow, I had seen the Beastie Boys open for the DK’s in NYC and the crowd was really into them.”

“There was buzz about the band, it was around the time of ‘Cooky Puss‘ (about a Carvel Ice Cream treat), which was getting airplay.”

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“One of the intents of our show was to feature new exciting and interesting sounds, whether it was my listening pleasure or not. Through a friend of friend I was able to contact the Beastie Boys, and they were into it.”

“On the day of the shoot, being that we were a first class operation, we agreed to give them a lift to the studio, so went to Adam Yauch’s home on Hicks Street in swanky Brooklyn Heights to pick up a couple of them.”

“I gotta say, I was very impressed by the amount of film/video equipment laying around. Very interesting ride.”

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“As we motored in Gary’s ’69 Buick to Manhattan we were regaled with the high-falutin’ opinion from the Beasties that they “should not have to do a show like ours,” that they “should be doing real shows,” stuff like that. I think it was mostly Mike D. who the most vocal of this opinion.

“After a flow of similar comments, and that the show was on our dime, I turned to the rear, where they were sitting, and said, ‘You know, if you don’t want to do the show, you don’t have to. I’d be glad to cancel the studio time if you not into it.’

‘No… it’s okay… we’ll do it,’ came the reply.”

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The Beastie Boys’ first EP, Polly Wog Stew

“Once we got to the studio everything went pretty smooth, considering it was only our second episode! While slightly guarded, they got into the spirit of the show.”

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“At this juncture, the band included Kate Schellenbach (later of Luscious Jackson) on drums and she was fun and easy to work with. The BB’s played their fractured NYC ’80s hardcore on the episode, but during breaks in taping the band rapped, sounding like an incubator for their later influential sounds.”

“This has led to Gary and me to go scour our old tapes to see if any of this footage exists. So far no luck! It was clear that the band was very confident with a strong belief in what they were doing.”

Read more from Scott Lewis below.

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Scott continues:

“A few years later, we were contacted by VH1 to appear on an episode of ‘Before They Were Rock Stars’ to discuss the Beastie Boys appearance and ’80s music. It was a blast: make-up room*, green room, 3-camera shoot in a big studio, and Danny Fields was next up to be interviewed!”

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“We were great and funny (at least I think so) and the shoot lasted about 45 minutes. The producer — Pat Twist, a cool name I will never forget — said we did a great job and would be very interested in using us for other stuff.”

“I was seeing stars, as I thought I would soon be one of those people you see on VH1 who you never heard of, cracking witty about pop music.”

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“Alas, this was not to be. Like many a sad show biz tale, we were never contacted again. We were promised a copy of the raw footage which was never sent, calls not returned.”

“We were not even alerted as to when the episode would air, so we never saw it! Luckily our good pal Jeff Krulik (of Heavy Metal Parking Lot fame) managed to tape a chunk of it.”

“A word of advice to future film/video makers — always keep the tape rolling!”

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(*I encouraged the make-up artist to give Gary an eye patch, I thought this would make him more macho.)

Thanks, Scott!

Read more here about The Scott & Gary Show,” and watch full 30-minute episodes of the show over on Night Flight Plus!

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.