When does your mom throwing away your best porno mag take on an epic level of melancholy and despair? When it’s covered by Coldplay, of course! While many pop stars took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the Beastie Boys‘ Adam “MCA” Yauch, Coldplay delivered a more musical tribute with a cover of “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party),” which works about as well as it could when accompanied by mournful piano, which makes it sound more like you gotta fight for your right to cry alone in your room instead. (But an acoustic “Intergalactic” would probably be even more impossible.) Do you think it’s a fitting tribute?
It was an odd fit, to be sure, but also maybe a nod to the Beasties’ long track record of twisting punk, classic rock and hip-hop into something new. Martin did switch up the lyrics just a bit, singing “I said mom you’re just jealous, it’s the Beastie Boys / So we’re sending all our love to the Beastie Boys.” (It’s not a knock to say that Martin couldn’t improve on Yauch’s best verses).