BEASTIE Boys co-founder Adam Horovitz has apologised for inspiring bombastic dirge-metallers Rage Against the Machine.
The Beastie Boys’ fusion of hard rock and rap spawned a legion of imitators, including RATM, whose 1992 single Killing In The Name made Horovitz wish he had never picked up a microphone.
He said: “None of us knew when we started out that we would one day inspire some self-important trustafarians to make the some of the worst music of the 90s.
“I hate the fact that I am responsible for songs that are like being shouted at by a pubescent Noam Chomsky while moshers spray you with warm beer and saliva.”
Henry Rollins, ex-frontman of Black Flag, added: “RATM took our alienated anger and turned it into protest songs for teenagers whose parents wouldn’t let them have a telly in their bedroom.
“They are posturing hypocrites with an idiotic name. And that’s coming from me, a guy who once released a song with a band called Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel.”
Meanwhile, punk-reggae outfit Bad Brains have issued an unreserved apology for inspiring the Beastie Boys.