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Cancer Bats Apologizes for Beastie Boys Cover

Canadian metalcore band the Cancer Bats, has issued a public apology for their recent cover of the classic Beastie Boys song, "Sabotage." The band has received much criticism from fans of the legendary rap group, as well as the majority of people in the world who have working ears, claiming that the cover was an "insult" to the Beastie Boys and one not to be taken as lightly as the video tried to convey.

"We sincerely apologize for any hurt feelings and eardrums we may have caused with this release," says a statement from the band, "It was our intention to pay tribute to a group we respected and loved, though in hindsight, perhaps some things are better left alone."

Beastie Boys rapper Ad Rock commented: "Whether you like the Beasties or not, there's no denying that we are original when it comes to our music and especially our videos. I thought that video the Bats did was really lame y'know? I know the whole point is that since they're covering us, they're gonna reference us as much as possible, but I tought it would have been much better if they'd had tried to pay tribute to us by doing their own take on what a Beastie Boys video should be, not just copying us."

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1. XxSorrowxX writes:

i love the beastie boys! they have some great concerts! seen them 5 times! i dont think any1 will remake any of their song well! so just dont!

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

They are lucky the hit squad hasn't cought up to them yet. Metalcore performing classic Beastie Boys? "Some things are better left alone". Yeah, and some people are better off looking over their shoulder every time they leave the house!!! Cancer Bats fvcking tune down to suck, when they try not to suck when they are sucking.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. DeathCrush writes:

Well, time heals all stupid covers, so maybe in the future I will eventually forgive them

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^Why would anyone even consider forgiving this band for anything? Have you ever HEARD them? You're starting to get on my nerves DeathCrush.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Hammerheart writes:

"hurt feelings and eardrums"

LMFAO. I've never listened to these guys, though, so I couldn't tell you my opinion of them, honestly.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 12:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. metalrox555 writes:

I love April fools day on this site but I have no idea which posts are real and what aren't.

I honestly really like the Cancer Bats and love that cover. I like how they honored a band they love with that cover and I thought it was pretty good and very unique. Like it wasn't like the original at all which was good.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 1:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. metalmayhem writes:

Cancer Bats are certainly not "metal-core" at all. The don't even play breakdowns...which is awesome. I really dig that band. I can't see how they would produce a bad cover of Sabotage. This article has to be a joke.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Anonymous writes:

I lost so much respect for the Beastie Boys after reading this. So what if they didn't change up the song? They played a tribute to the Beastie Boys, they made a stupid video just for kicks, they don't deserve the bad rep it's been getting them.

I didn't know the Beastie Boys were such douchebags that they get mad at a little cover. And here I believed they made music for music's sake, not to make money. Oh well. I guess they're just like the rest of them.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 5:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Blindgreed1 writes:

To all of you who are not "in the know" my flame war with DeathCrush today was an April fools joke. Please know that I have the utmost respect for him as a writer on the MU staff and as the best kisser on DB's payroll. lol. I'm outta here!

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 6:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. n0thinghead writes:

B-boys > bats w/ std's.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 7:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. n0thinghead writes:

B-boys > bats w/ std's.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 7:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. deathfreak writes:

Really they needed to cover a song that was fine in the first place? You guys just runined The besti boys for me.
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# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. deathfreak writes:

Beastie*

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. beefarena writes:

I thought this version was hilarious! I've always been a beastie boy fan, but Yo, Adam , yer joking right? Just wanted to make sure.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 4:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. beefarena writes:

Oh, an April fools joke. I get it.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 4:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Issit writes:

lol.. this got to be a april fools joke! XD

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 6:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. jac writes:

So I'm in Australia and this just came on Rage (our late night music show on the ABC, our public broadcast channel) . I was in the other room and was naturally compelled to see what the hell was going on with the cover of my favourite beasties song. So sure, it's not great musically, nor is the video original, YET... it is so obviously an homage to the Beasties, let's respect it as that, and hopefully it will lead people to look it up, find out it's a cover, and find not only the original song and video, but the whole Beasties back catalogue. This song is 16 years old!! Let's take any chance we have of letting the next generation finding this great sh** whatever way they can - if it takes a really facile cover from a Canadian hard rock band, so be it, they are obviously fans themselves. We can all be purists, so choose what's on your own iPod, in the meantime, let people and bands pay (even lame) tributes, if it lets the listener/watcher find great music and bands from before their current Top 40, friends, or wherever else they get music from, be happy their finding it. And let's remember, at the end of the day The Beasties are making royalties from even the sh**iest covers, and any income that keeps them free to make music and not bus tables is Fantasitc!!! At the end of the day, judge them, that's fine, but if you don't like it, don't listen to it and throw on the original, but in the meantime, remember things in your past that you've heard from current bands in your life that have been covers, or interviews where your fave bands have referenced other musicians and bands and led you to find

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 12:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. jac writes:

great music you may never have come across otherwise - God knows in my case, the references I've got from bands I love, whether they be covers or them talking about their influences and music they love has brought me to so many things I would not have come across otherwise.
So yes, I have been drinking for a while, but I do think there's alot of validity in this (these two LOOONG) posts. Let it go if you have this cover, or this band, and remember that a f*ckload of their fans will now find if not a great band in the Beasties, at least a very, very, very, good song and video with Sabotage.
(And did I mention the guys getting royalties?! Awesome!)
Chonk on!

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 1:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. jac writes:

And a quick look at Wiki shows us this:
"In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked "Sabotage" #475 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at number 46 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, and was ranked #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s list."
Plus, this is a Spike Jonze video, and what the above list fails to mention is that surely it's gotta come in top lists of videos made, it truly is brilliant :)
Like, seriously, up there for me with Metallica's One and Aphex Twin's Come to Daddy (which at 36 can still not watch because it is sooooo f*cked up!) as exceptional and timeless videos.
Aghhhhh! I'll let you all go, thanks if you actually read this far! :) x
So to recap, sure it's not a great cover, nor an original video, but they are obviously fans, are probably hoping people will go check out the original and, with that, another generation of music fans will find something that is GOLD in the song and the band that is the MIGHTY MIGHTY BEASTIE BOYS. This is so obviously a (pedestrian) tribute, so at least give them props for that (it's not like Vanilla Ice stealing Under Pressure and passing it off as his own) they are willing, inviting their fans to check out the original, not pretending it's theirs in any way, so don't hate them for that. Good night, Happy Easter and Happy Year and Years to come of loving music and caring enough to notice and be sh**ty, but to let it go for the greater good of kids finding old stuff through new bands.
Whew! :) xxx thanks again if you read this far!

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 1:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Blindgreed1 writes:

jac: It's an April fools joke. Please don't take yourself so seriously.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Diamond Oz writes:

It's not like Sabotage or the Beasties are underground. I think everyone thats heard the Cancer Bats would have heard Beastie Boys. I really doubt they're introducing many people to the Beastie Boys.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. jac writes:

Oh, and I've tried to find apology, can't on their webpage or MYspace, but let's assume this (the apology) is legit, good on them, though I don't think it's necessary, it just serves to highlight haw much this song and the Beasties mean to them that they're gonna cover their arses this way by acknowledging other fans' displeasure. I also just checked out the beginning of the video, they mention the Beasties in the first six words, then repeat it several times, the Beasties are the focus, on their pages it's is referred to as a Beasties cover before being a new single, to the extent that they even note the Beasties before the link to buy the track on iTunes.
Seriously had not heard of this band until tonight. Didn't really like the cover , but did make me want to pull out my old Beasties CDs, so at the very least, thanks for the inspiration :) (Oh and whether the apology is real or not,

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 1:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. jac writes:

it's true, some things really are best left alone - this song and clip are perfection. Plus, the ad-Rock comment about covers is so true - if you're going to treat a cover like a karaoke version of the song, save it for karaoke, don't bother paying for studio time to not even try to make it your own take of the song. This goes for everyone, not just the Cancer Bats. If it's so great a song you want to cover it, it's because the original is obviously that good, so rework it, find a new angle that gives the lister a different perspective, if you can't do that, leave it alone. But listen to songs like Cohen's Hallelujah - covered soooo many times, made original by so few. It's hard, but it's the job, do it or don't.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 1:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. jac writes:

just read some of the responses so:
Blindgreed1 - if it's an April Fools joke, why is it on tv on April 2nd? (Or have I misunderstood, and the thread is a joke? Honestly, I heard it and had to track down exactly who these guys were and what the hell they thought they were doing, reverential as it is, by covering this track and trying to redo their college version of their video. As much as it doesn't work for me, and can really see they are Beasties fans, so as much as I'm not going to download their version, I respect them paying tribute.) Also, trying to (yes, drunkenly verbosely) get a point across about covers, that are so often sh**, opening new worlds to other people, and that we should appreciate that aspect, rather than focus on our purist, "the original was so much better, you can't touch it" attitude.
But, yes, you're right, I do sound really serious, and quite possibly preachy and pretentious, really not my intention, but fair point.
Oh, and the April Fools point, if you can enlighten me on this, please do.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 2:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Jac writes:

And to Diamond Oz, never would I suggest the Beasties are underground, the point I was trying to make was more an age/generational thing. Never heard of the Cancer Bats till tonight, don't know if they're one or ten years old, but they are around now, releasing music now and, as such, will have fans who are Gen Y, be they 22 or 14. My point, though possibly not clear was that these Cancer Bats fans, due to their age, what they hear on radio and see on whatever the superseder of proper MTV (wow, not only does that show my age, but really does sound pretentious!!)

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 2:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Diamond Oz writes:

This whole thing is a joke Jac. That's why it was posted yesterday. We just haven't got around to sorting them into the Just For Fun section yet.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 2:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Blindgreed1 writes:

jac: Oz wrote the damned story. I'm pretty sure that makes him an authority on this subject. Again, please don't take yourself so seriously.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 2:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. jac writes:

so MTV equivalent, may not have any other way (nor necessarily look for) of finding out about music, and music history. So yes, though the Beasties are not underground, they may not be something some younger Cancer Bats fans have heard, and this cover will hopefully lead them to check them out - surely that's a good thing?
Unfortunately, not everyone cares or knows about music the way I, and obviously you, do. Anything that leads them to new (however old!) and wonderful things is a good thing. So I'm just trying to find the positive in this cover from that angle. Also, if some CB fans find the BBs this way and like them (as surely anyone with ears would) they may then open themselves up more, in so far as noting down a band someone they like mentions, or they read about in the paper, or see referred to in a blog - God knows, I have ended up finding great bands and musicians I may never have heard otherwise if I hadn't learnt to be open, aware and respectful of what other people lead me to. Sure, I don't like all of it, but I sure as h*ll make sure to check everything out I can, particularly when referred by people I respect, because it's a damn quagmire out there of so much music, independent and big labels and all in between, so whenever there's a signpost I take it and try it out. For me, music is the food of the soul and my life would not be worth living without it, so I better make sure I try everything on the menu (plus the things out the back they

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 2:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. jac writes:

haven't bothered noting down, but because the staff know you, they let you in on the option, so you order it because you trust them and either it's a great dish, or it needs work, but you're not in the dark or left wondering. Wow, did that analogy drag on, or what?!)
So, underground they're not, but we do need to accept that bands we know well, and are famous, may not be know by others, so any chance they have of being introduced to them should be recognised as a good thing. (Not to mention that when they hear the original they're gonna drop the CBs and start exploring and original, cross genre, and pivotal band in modern music history. (While, of course, feeding their soul with some pretty substantial sh*t).

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 2:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Blindgreed1 writes:

jac: How old are you and where do you hail from?

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. jac writes:

Oh, Oh, Oh, I've just got it. So sorry. The joke is the apology they should be making for their ordinary cover of a classic and much loved, never to bettered song, right? And here I am defending a band I hadn't heard of until an hour or two ago. Oops.
Sorry guys, carry on without me (sigh of relief from the stalls).
Once again, Happy Easter, hope you all get a nice four day long weekend like we do here is Australia, and it's spent with friends, family, great music and booze (though I would suggest not logging on and writing ridiculously long drunken posts after that :), at best you'll sound like a fool who takes themselves too seriously and can't grasp a joke, even after people tell you that's what it is, at worst, you just sound like a pretentious tool who's taking up the internet's equivalent of ink and screwing up someone's previously light-hearted, April Fools thread).
Sorry again if this has bummed anyone out, thanks for being so calm and understanding about southern hemisphere foolishness.
(i do hope though, CBs aside, there was something slightly coherent in what I did post about being frustratedly patient with ordinary covers for both bringing new people to the original tracks and bands and for tasty royalties making to the people that really deserve it.)
Thanks again guys :)

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 2:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Diamond Oz writes:

No worries. Perhaps sleep off that drunken state eh?

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 2:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. jac writes:

Blind Greed - I'm 36, Sydney Australia.
Just found you guys through a google search on this very cover, because I found it weird that someone would cover it and was looking for info and a BB reaction, your's was one of the search results, and here I came, stumbling foolishly into your otherwise peaceful thread. (Though on reading back, either I wasn't the only person who didn't get the joke, or you crazy kids have a whole flame each other/the topic/target thing going on that had I known your site and the posters involved I would have hopefully picked up on sooner.)
I will now, check out the rest of the site and ideally will, at the very least, find some fun stuff to read and, at best, find some references to some good music to check out. (And if you're half as good as Metal Sludge used to be back in the day when I religiously checked that site, I'm going to be pleasantly surprised.) There are obviously at least of few of you who have that funny bone, satirical drive and topical know-how to deliver great sh*t.
Oh, and you now need to declare age and location yourself.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 3:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. KORNDOGG writes:

What the f*** is wrong with this "jac" retard?? I want the last 15 min of my life back for reading through his retardedness. After reading it all, I still dont believe he f***ing knows the whole thing is a joke. Sorry if thats mean, no offense jac, but WTF!!!!

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 3:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Blindgreed1 writes:

jac: I'm 43 and in Arizona. It's all good in the hood buddy. Oz is one of the funniest guys you'll ever read. We've got a lot of good stuff around here and our members for the most part have great taste and knowledge in metal, so enjoy and welcome to the Mighty MU.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 3:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Blindgreed1 writes:

KD: Sup man? He gets it now.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 3:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. jac writes:

Blindgreed, thanks, I look forward to checking out the site, nice to see Steel Panther here, it's a very good sign! And on Arizona, have had a long time wish to travel the south-west, I've only been to the Grand Canyon so far, but from that moment have wanted to find six months a vehicle (Winebago or Classic Muscle Convertible) with aircon and good stereo, start in NM at the OK border then through AZ, to Joshua Tree then back up to Zion, Monument, etc, and just enjoy what is truly beautiful country.

KornDogg, just 'cause I wrote it didn't mean you had to read it, though serious dedication to follow the whole thing through, thanks I guess. Sorry for the 15 minutes, I'm sure you can make it up somewhere - possibly by avoiding such rambling posts in future? This can be a cautionary tale for you :)
And by the way, it's she.
(And the cautionary tale for me is to stay away from ANYTHING to do with this bloody Canadian Bat band -I'm going to find a way to blame all of this on them! :) Despite the long Easter drinking session, this all did start because the b*stards covered Sabotage.... Yeah, yeah, you're right, I'll take half the responsibility if I can get away just that :)
Not retarded just yet, will make sure to get doctor to screen for this at next check up!) No mean vibes taken from your comments, understand your frustration, particularly as this does seem to be a member/friend thing and I've been the crazy, time consuming interloper (with possibly one or two valid points if you read it from my very wrong initial thought that it wasn't a joke???) Note to self, check what's going on before posting anything anywhere and work on conciseness; if theoretical physicist finds and allocates me spare 15 minutes, be sure to forward to KornDogg, who not only earnt it, but will probably use more productively.
:)

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 4:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Blindgreed1 writes:

jac: Well done young lady. Well done. I like your style. You should become a member.

# Apr 2, 2010 @ 5:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. brandedcfh420 writes:

JAC, register and hop in the action!!

We here at M.U. are always looking for good debates/chats/discussions, and it seems you love to type long responses! I think you would fit right in here at M.U.!

# Apr 4, 2010 @ 12:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Jj900 writes:

I'm dissapointed the beastie boys were so pety about this, the cover is nothing like the original so how can they say they were simple being copied? They're saying this doesn't live up to the standards of their originality but i fail to see how thats true! I think they could have just had a laugh at this quite extreme but talented cover and reconised that the cancer bats meant no harm, I love the beastie boys but in this instinc I think they've just made themselves look a little pathetic.

# Apr 5, 2010 @ 10:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^LMAO!!! People are still falling for this sh!t.

# Apr 5, 2010 @ 11:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. RTB writes:

I tripped out for a second...i thought OZ had ESP/ a crystal ball with this story for a moment...if that would have happend, we would all have to start calling him "SIR OZ".......
KD, we get a new kid on the block, and your ready to cyberbbq him...damn dude..take er eazy...
Jac hope the boys here didnt scare you away...the more the merrier.....do they still refer foster's as cat pizz still down under?
Happy easter bg,...missed you at the sunrise mass yesterday morning...you feel that quake yesterday via mexico? Have a good day guys

# Apr 5, 2010 @ 1:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Blindgreed1 writes:

RTB: I didn't feel it, but I was pretty drunk. I did see the water in the pool sloshing around though and thought it was odd since nobody was in it, but I had more beer to drink and a ham to BBQ so I just kind of raised an eyebrow and kept on truckin. lol.

# Apr 5, 2010 @ 1:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. RTB writes:

SH!T...sounds like bg to me...ya i was working (work in a hospital)...on my feet most of the day, i didnt feel a fahqn thing...anyways good stuff

# Apr 5, 2010 @ 2:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Dominic Copeland writes:

To be honest here cancer bats have done nothing wrong, they've brought forward a popular song by The Beastie Boys and turned it into their own style of music. A cover can be a cover it doesnt have to sound exactly the same, and as far as the video goes to me it sounds like the beasties are just being picky just because they can be picky

# Apr 19, 2010 @ 7:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Blindgreed1 writes:

Oh for fvck sake Dominic... Look at what day the story posted ya fool!!!

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