Thursday, January 19, 2006

Licensed to Ill (On Tatooine)



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Licensed to Ill, the 1986 debut from the Beastie Boys. First rap album to reach number one on the Billboard charts. Only rap album I've ever heard that name-checks Secaucus. As usual, I started the album after the second drumroll in the 20th Century Fox fanfare.


- The phrase "suckas run" in "The New Style" is heard seconds before we see the droids scurrying across the hallway of the Tantive IV where the main battle is occurring.

- The line "and in case you're unaware, I carry a gun" in "The New Style" is heard as we see a shot of a stormtrooper carrying a gun.

- As the stormtroopers are searching the desert of Tatooine for the droids, we hear the line "they got a committee to get me off the block" in "Slow Ride."

- The infamous "Kick it!" before "Fight For Your Right (To Party)" is heard as C-3PO is introducing himself to Luke.

- When one of the Beasties says, "best porno mag" in "Fight For Your Right (To Party)," Luke points to Leia's hologram, perhaps indicating that that is his best porno mag (I imagine porn is pretty scarce on Tatooine).

- We see a shot of a Tusken Raider mounting a Bantha as the line "I had a little horsey named Paul Revere" in "Paul Revere" is heard.

- During the part of "Paul Revere" where the beat drops out and all we hear is the backwards noise, Luke and Threepio look around, almost like they want to know where the beat went.


Every time R2-D2 wobbled instead of rolling somewhere, it looked like he was moving to the beat. That was pretty cute. Yeah, I think things are cute sometimes. Big deal. You wanna fight about it?


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