Pennywise's Tribute to the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Is Punk as Fuck

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See also:
*Our review of KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta
*Shiny, New Pennywise: Even without Jim Lindberg, their latest set is as fresh as ever
*We Remember Adam Yauch, MCA of Beastie Boys, Dead at 47

We recognize it was a nice gesture. But Coldplay's tribute to the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night, a rendition of "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" is everything the song isn't: earnest, delicate, a little whiny (sorry, it is).

If MCA hadn't died earlier that day, we might've thought it was a joke. Considering the Beasties wrote the song as a parody of party rock songs, maybe Chris Martins singing the song as a spoof would've been a more inspired tribute.

But the iconic song lives on un-ironically in most of our heads, and that's why Pennywise's version of the song at Saturday's KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta was great.

As covered by Pennywise, the song's on speed, a loud, obnoxious, crank-fueled "fuck you" -- and it gives us the same buzz we felt listening to the Beastie's back in 1987, when we were too young to know what porno mags were.

Which version do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

See also:
*Our review of KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta
*Shiny, New Pennywise: Even without Jim Lindberg, their latest set is as fresh as ever
*We Remember Adam Yauch, MCA of Beastie Boys, Dead at 47

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prpldsy
prpldsy

Can't stand Coldplays version. It wasn't good at all and frankly was not in the spirit of the song at all.  I was sick of KROQ overplaying it in the days after the concert. The Pennywise version was AWESOME!!!

Wendy
Wendy

I wonder what it would have sounded like with Jim Lindenbergh on vocals. :( COME BACK JIM COME BACK!!!!

Cristy Leyva
Cristy Leyva

it gives us the same buzz we felt listening to the Beastie's back in 1987, when we were too young to know what porno mags were.

Raphd10
Raphd10

Was always an in your face hardcore song not some poofy ballad so for me definately pennywise = for life!

Leticia
Leticia

I was there and I gotta say I liked Pennywise version better. I like Coldplay's version too but Pennywise rocked it & that song is meant to be rocked not to leave people crying and sad. 

Rasdfasde
Rasdfasde

the cover of colplay is worth to hear. it's really good.  i'm not a fan of them, but they played it as they know, soft song, but great song.

KRG
KRG

A tribute is a tribute -- what Coldplay did was meant to honor the band and that's it. Hard to criticize that, I'd say. 

MeToo
MeToo

If I drop a turd in the punch bowl and call it a tribute is it still a tribute? or just a turd in a punch bowl? If you are going to pay tribute than do it justice. No half measures otherwise and you come off like a douche.  

J Edwin Gay
J Edwin Gay

^ that. Chris Martin is AIDS. A flowery statement on coldsuck.fairtrade/lame or w/e would have sufficed

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