The Hot Rats Do the Beastie Boys One Better


We know what you’re thinking: "Come on, dude, it’s just about closing time on a Friday, I’m trying to get into the correct party-don’t-stop mentality, and all Right-Click’s got for me is an early Beastie Boys cover from a semi-obscure Britpop band’s side project?" First of all, you should take a deep breath, and maybe a few steps back. Second, trust us, it's way better than that sounds. The Hot Rats, the covers-only band made up of Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey of Supergrass, bring an urgent, pleading energy to “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” that shakes off all of the song’s original cheekiness. Instead, we get an honest, slightly sad ode to the importance of, you know, partying (also, standing up for yourself). Coombes’s clear-eyed croon makes it certain he cares about the words to this song way more than Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D ever did. Watch the Hot Rats reimagining on Letterman below.