Up to this point, around 1994, Spike Jonze was known mostly around the skateboarding circuit for promo and highlight videos he made for skateboard companies and enthusiasts. It was on one fateful assignment, where he was sent to photograph the Beasties for Dirt magazine, that Jonze took a liking to the boys. According to an article in Empire magazine, Jonze really enjoyed what the band was doing with their music: They were operating outside the record label, doing whatever they wanted to do. They would just have an idea and make it.
Later, Jonze agreed to work with the Beastie Boys on Sabotage. The now iconic send-up of ’70s cop shows became incredibly popular with MTV fans and helped push the Ill Communication album to the top of the charts. The band, as well as DJ Hurricane, played multiple characters, all with terrible mustaches and wigs. Later down the road, on the group’s Beastie Boys Video Anthology, they donned the costumes again when they were interviewed in character by Jonzes then-wife Sophia Coppola.
Directed by: Spike Jonze