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Beastie Boys are an American hip hop trio from Brooklyn, New York. The group consists of Mike D (Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch), and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz). The Beastie Boys began as a hardcore punk band in 1979, first appearing on the compilation cassette New York Thrash before releasing their first EP, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 release of their experimental hip-hop 12″ Cooky Puss, they made the transition to hip-hop in 1984 and a string of successful 12″ singles followed by their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986 which received international critical acclaim and commercial success. As of 2010, they have sold 22 million albums in the United States alone and 40 million albums worldwide. They are one of the longest lived hip-hop acts worldwide and continue to enjoy commercial and critical success in 2010, more than 30 years after the release of their debut album. On September 27, 2007, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2009, the group released digitally remastered deluxe editions of their albums Pauls Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. The Beastie Boys came together in 1979 as a hardcore punk band. A teenaged Adam Yauch had the idea to start a band and approached friends John Berry, Kate Schellenbach, Harald Bakke and Michael Diamond (who were locally known to be musically inclined), asking them to join him. The name “Beastie Boys” was suggested by original guitarist John Berry. The name “Beastie” stands for “Beings Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence,” but this was an afterthought once the bands name was already Beastie Boys. The bands original line-up consisted of Adam Yauch on bass, Kate Schellenbach on drums, John Berry on guitar, and Michael Diamond on vocals. Their first gig was at Berrys loft at 100th Street and Broadway on Yauchs 17th birthday.