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Soundcheck Smackdown: Ace Of Base; Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication' At 20; John Fullbright Plays Live

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication' featured the giant hit 'Sabotage' and its Spike Jonze-directed video. Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication' featured the giant hit "Sabotage" and its Spike Jonze-directed video. (Youtube)

In this episode: Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham, co-hosts of Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM, debate the merits of Ace Of Base's huge hit, “The Sign” -- the Swedish pop nugget from 1994.

Then: In May 1994, the Beastie Boys released its fourth studio album, Ill Communication, and took the country by storm on the bill of the Lollapalooza festival. Grantland staff writer Amos Barshad looks back at “Get It Together,” “Sure Shot” and the legendary Spike Jonze-directed video for “Sabotage.”

And: The Oklahoma native John Fullbright picked up a Grammy nomination a few years back for his debut album From The Ground Up. Now he’s back with a new album, simply called Songs. Hear him perform in the Soundcheck studio.


Amos Barshad, Mario Correa, Julia Cunningham and John Fullbright

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