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Sabotage

1993        Beastie Boys


9.22/109 ratings

directed by:
Spike Jonze


Sabotage is an homage and parody of 1970s crime drama television series like Hawaii Five-0, The Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T., Baretta, and Starsky and Hutch. In the video, the band members appear as the show's characters. Each band member is introduced as a fictional actor and the character he plays.


genres:

Rap rock


top lists:

Goliath's Greatest Music Videos of All Time
Parade's Best Music Videos of All Time
TimeOut Best Music Videos of All Time
VMA Video of the Year Nominee
Yardbarker Most Influential Music Videos of All Time

Critics’ Takes:

“There would be no Anchorman, no Wes Anderson, no Lonely Island, and no channel called Adult Swim if this video did not exist.” – Amy Poehler, Beastie Boys Book

“The song’s frenetic grunge-rap energy pairs harmoniously with the kooky visuals, a combination that helped propel its parent album, Ill Communication, to triple platinum status.” – Bryan Kerwin, TimeOut

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