05:58 AM EDT 07/10/2016
Originally posted 07/28/2014 11:00AM
When the Beastie Boys released Paul's Boutique in July of 1989, expectations were high. But after the success of their commercial breakthrough, Licensed to Ill, the group's relationship with both their label, Def Jam (and by extension, the label's founder, Rick Rubin) and their fans had deteriorated. "They were sick of screaming 'Fight for Your Right (to Party)' to inebriated frat boys," Dan LeRoy writes.
Originally posted 07/11/2014 04:55PM
Despite what Public Enemy may have said, 1989 wasn't just "another summer". Though history is rarely that neat, the final summer of the '80s saw the slow fade of many of the decade's icons, as well as the launch of some of the '90s' most enduring pop-culture institutions.
In terms of cultural legacy, the summer of '89 might not be able to compete with its predecessor of two decades prior – Woodstock and Bryan Adams will do that – but 25 years later, we're still feeling its impact.
Whether you remember it or not, relive the summer of acid wash, hair metal and Do the Right Thing below.
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