The Young Aborigines

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The Young Aborigines
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresHardcore punk
Years active1978–1981
Associated actsBeastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Mix Master Mike, DJ Hurricane, BS 2000, Q-Tip, the Latch Brothers, the Roots, Nas, Cypress Hill, Biz Markie, Luscious Jackson
Past membersMichael Diamond
John Berry
Adam Yauch
Kate Schellenbach
Jeremy Shatan

The Young Aborigines were an experimental-hardcore band started in 1978 by Michael Diamond on drums, Kate Schellenbach on percussion, Jeremy Shatan on bass and John Berry on guitar.[1]

When Jeremy Shatan left the Young Aborigines in 1981, Adam Yauch replaced him on bass. Schellenbach moved to drums, while Diamond covered vocal duties. The band changed their name to the Beastie Boys. The Beastie Boys would later achieve success as a hip hop band.

On the 1992 single Skills to Pay the Bills by Beastie Boys, Mike D raps "I'm the original Young Aboriginal/Continued evolution of an individual."


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2008-08-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)