Words From A Waldman: Sum 41 Drummer Frank Zummo Helps Rank Beastie Boys’ Album Catalog

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Frank Zummo is the biggest hustler that I ever met. Not only does he drum full time for Sum 41, but he also has a growing solo career, plays in and manages Street Drum Corps, rocks out at various drum clinics for SJC Drums, and is a loving father and husband. I just read that sentence out loud and I’m still out of breath. But that’s not why we’re here. Frank and I ranked Beastie Boys’ extensive catalog and it was ill by definition.
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8. Hot Sauce Commitee Part Two:

SW: Ok. Ready to make some noise?

FZ: Dope song.

SW: Dope power trio. It’s dope that the boys included  Nas on this album.

FZ: This feature kind of me reminded of what Q-Tip did on “Get It Together”.

SW: More on that album later…

FZ: Definitely. Another feature that rocked on this record was the Santigold one.

SW: Crazy ass shit.

7 – To The Five Boroughs

FZ: Oh word?

SW: Hey Fuck You.

FZ: Haha. We’re from close to the five Burroughs.

SW: I’m a little closer to the crawlspace: I’m from Nassau County.

FZ: Suffolk Strong Island. Back to this record: “Ch-check it out” is one of my favorite songs and it is always on my Sun 41 backstage pre-show mix.

SW: Speaking of a mix, let’s give it up for Mix Master Mike!

FZ: Much respect to Mike. Street Drum Corp played an event for him and he was kind/ridiculously talented.

6. The Mix Up

SW: This album was dramastically different than the others.

FZ: What I loved most about this album is that the band attempted an old school approach in the studio and got decked out to record.

SW: Respect. It’s like they were at a gala event or something.

FZ: Biscuits and butter.

SW: I think Italian gala events are different than Jewish ones.

FZ: (laughs) Overall, props to the boys for doing something so different in a way that worked. They truly pushed the envelope.

5. Hello Nasty

SW: Agreed. Oh, hello nasty.

FZ: Hey.

SW: From a fan’s standpoint, this album felt like it took forever to make, but it was definitely worth the wait.

FZ: I saw The Beastie Boys on tour for this record at Nassau Coliseum. “Intergalactic” sounded huge.

SW: Well Mr. Zummo, it literally is a galaxy.

FZ: Fair. “Body Movin’” was another strong single.

SW: It worked.

FZ: It worked.

4. Paul’s Boutique

SW: “Paul’s Boutique” certainly worked as ahead of its time.

FZ: “Looking Down The Barrel Of Gun” has a nasty groove.

SW: Dude, we just talked about “Hello Nasty.” Let it go.

FZ: Fine! Then let’s talk about how insane “Hey Ladies” and “Shake Your Rump” are as songs.

SW: As recordings too!

FZ: Amazing production.

SW: The Dust Brothers.

FZ: The end.

3. Licensed To Ill

SW: The beginning.

FZ: My high school cover band covered half of this album.

SW: It must have been fun drumming to “Girls”.

FZ: Actually, I rapped these songs.

SW: WOW. All three parts?

FZ: Slow and low.

SW: Nice. (pauses) Rick Rubin went to my high school.

FZ: (pauses for what feels like a slow ride) Cool.

SW: Cool. “Rhymin And Stealin” is a cool opener.

FZ: Agreed.

SW: I wish I could’ve caught the group opening for Madonna on this tour.

FZ: That would’ve been cool.

2. Check Your Head

SW: Check your head. The boys showcased insane and diverse instrumental talent on this album.

FZ: “Pass The Mic” is one of my favorite Beastie Boys songs. The drums sound huge. Learning how they recorded the song from the recent autobiography and actually how the band got the sounds was fascinating.

SW: I need to read that book. Pass the book.

FZ: Is that whatcha want?

SW: (pauses in admiration) I love you. (pauses again) What a funky record.

FZ: Funky boss?

SW: Get off my back.

1. Ill Communication

FZ: This is my favorite hip hop record of all time.

SW: Thanks for the update.

Thanks for reading. Strong Island gets a bad rap from the five burroughs, but we hope that Beastie Boys dig this list. Enjoy this mix too. Word.