Beastie Boys ‘Paul’s Boutique’ Mural Channels Album’s Freewheeling Legacy

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.28.14 in News

Last week, on the 25th birthday of the Beastie Boys‘ sample-spilling classic Paul’s Boutique, Wondering Sound contributor (and For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul’s Boutique co-author) Dan LeRoy noted that despite the prevailing view the album could never happen again today, it’s best seen “less as a closed door than and more as a gateway for what followed.” After a stalled proposal to rename the New York City intersection featured on the 1989 LP’s cover as Beastie Boys Square, the restaurant Wolfnights on the iconic Lower East Side corner allowed artist Danielle Mastrion to mark the anniversary by painting a mural on its 99 Rivington wall. As Mass Appeal points out (via SPIN), Mastrion finished the work in one day, and you can check out images and video footage of it below. As a creative way of working around bureaucratic BS, the mural — featuring a sure shot of the trio’s members — represents another fitting tribute to Paul’s Boutique‘s legacy.

In other Beasties-related developments, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz is acting in James Murphy-scored Noah Baumbach film While We’re Young, and the Boys won $1.7 million in their (somewhat ironic?) copyright lawsuit against Monster Energy.