The Beastie Boys licensed a song for an advertisement for the first time over the weekend. During Sunday Oct. 18’s Steelers/Browns game, an ad for Joe Biden for President, centering around the need to support music venues featured the rap group’s “Sabotage.”
According to a report in Variety, “a Biden campaign spokesperson said the Beastie Boys, who had ‘never licensed music for an ad until now,’ agreed to the use of ‘Sabotage’ in the spot ‘because of the importance of the election.'”
The ad in question centered around The Blind Pig, an Ann Arbor, Mich. club that has been shuttered during the pandemic.
“Everywhere I go, people have a story about the Blind Pig,” said Joe Malcoun, co-owner of the Blind Pig, in the commercial. “The Blind Pig has been one of those clubs that attract artists from all genres. For 50 years, the Blind Pig has been open and crowded, but right now, it’s an empty room. This is the reality of Trump’s COVID response. We don’t know how much longer we can survive without any revenue.
In the late Adam Yauch’s will, it is stipulated that music he created or worked on could not be used in product advertisements. According to Variety, “the group has sued Monster Energy and GoldieBox for using their songs in the past. They have allowed “Sabotage” to be used in trailers for “Star Trek” and the “Destiny 2” videogame.”
Watch the advertisement below (“Sabotage” begins around 40 seconds in).