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  1. Are you joking? Pauls Boutique wasn’t a commercial success initially, but I remember at the time it came out it was lauded as a huge accomplishment in the music press, considering the departure from their first album. I’ve seen Pauls Boutique on many musician ‘top 10′ lists in popular magazines. I owned it when it was new and thought it was great, and I still think it is now.

    You might have considered it a flop when it came out, but I think you were probably in the minority. Most everyone I knew when it came out thought it was the shit. Just sayin’.

    Comment by The Belt — 09/25/2004 @ 07:16:19 PM

  2. When I say “flop”, I just about always mean in the commercial sense, not a creative sense. Personally, I loved Paul’s Boutique pretty much from the start, and loved it more each time I played it.

    Boutique did fall well short of the sales numbers of Licensed to Ill, and produced no hit singles. Again, part of this is the sophomore jinx every new act experiences; but the rather drastic (although not complete) departure from their debut material accounted more for it. Looking back now, it’s no big deal, but plenty of acts have failed to recover commercially from a poorly-recieved followup, and basically dropped from the public eye because of that. That could have happened with the Beasties, but it didn’t, and fortunately so.

    Comment by CT — 09/25/2004 @ 08:05:08 PM

  3. I gotcha, yeah it was definitely not commercially well recieved. Even if they had just made ‘licensed to ill part II’, with similar sounding songs, I don’t think it would have been a success. Their major impact was being a white rap group and creating buzz about themselves with the 40 foot penis onstage and whatnot. I don’t think they could have replicated their sales numbers from Licensed to Ill that way.

    It was better to take the high road, creatively, for sure. It gave them much more credibility in the long run and allowed them to continue making music.

    Comment by The Belt — 09/27/2004 @ 11:32:20 AM

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