Beasties Address War On Iraq In New Song

Veteran rap trio the Beastie Boys have made a new song, "In a World Gone Mad," available for free download from their official Web site. The cut, the first new Beasties song to be released in more tha

Veteran rap trio the Beastie Boys have made a new song, "In a World Gone Mad," available for free download from their official Web site. The cut, the first new Beasties song to be released in more than four years, addresses the looming U.S.-led war with Iraq. "This song is not an anti-American or pro-Saddam Hussein statement," group member Adam Horovitz said in a statement. "This is a statement against an unjustified war."

Over a basic backing track with a peppy beat akin to some of the Beasties' early favorites, the group offers tongue-in-cheek advice to President George W. Bush ("You and Saddam should kick it like back in the day / With the cocaine and Courvoisier") and suggests that there are more pressing issues to address here at home: "We need health care more than going to war / You think it's democracy we're fighting for?"

The group says its disgust with the potential war shouldn't be viewed as unpatriotic: "Now don't get us wrong 'cause we love America / But that's no reason to get hysterica / They're layin' on the syrup thick / We ain't waffles we ain't havin' it."

The new song was written amid work on the Beasties first Capitol album since 1998's "Hello Nasty," according to group member Mike D. "Being together, writing and recording," he said, "We felt it would be irresponsible not to address what's going on in the world while the events are still current. It didn't make sense to us to wait until the entire record was finished to release this song." A spokesperson says "In a World Gone Mad" is likely to appear on the as-yet-untitled new set.

As previously reported, the Beasties will headline the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 26 in Indio, Calif., marking just their third live date since the 1999 Tibetan Freedom Concert in East Troy, Wisc. The trio is also expected to perform at a revived version of that event in April in Japan.