The Beastie Boys are having a little fun with us. You may remember the rap trio was supposed to release an album called “Hot Sauce Committee” last year but that it was delayed when Adam Yauch learned he needed to undergo treatment for cancerous tumors. More than a year later, the Beastie Boys are back on track and getting ready to release the long-awaited … “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2”?
Wait, it gets weirder. Let’s quote the statement released today by the group’s label, Capitol:
“In what can only be described as a bizarre coincidence, following an exhaustive re-sequence marathon, Beastie Boys have verified that their new ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part 2’ will be comprised of the same 16 tracks originally slated for inclusion on ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part 1.’ The record (part 2 that is) will be released as planned in spring 2011 on Capitol. The tracks originally recorded for ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part 2’ (which now are actually back on Part 1) have now apparently been bumped to make room for the former ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part 1’ material.”
In other words, “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2” is coming out on time, but “Hot Sauce Committee Part 1” is still indefinitely delayed. And the tracks from each album have been swapped.
"I know it’s weird and confusing, but at least we can say unequivocally that ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part 2’ is coming out on time, which is more than I can say about Part 1, and really is all that matters in the end." the statement quotes Yauch as saying. "We just kept working and working on various sequences for part 2, and after a year and half of spending days on end in the sequencing room trying out every possible combination, it finally became clear that this was the only way to make it work. Strange but true, the final sequence for ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part 2’ works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part 1.’ So we’ve come full circle.”
Unfortunately, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" isn't coming out until spring. For now, kick this old-school jam: