“Sabotage,” a 1994 hit song by the Beastie Boys, has one of the most iconic music videos in pop-culture history. As such, many have imitated it, to varying success.
They have all been topped by a group of middle-aged, female librarians. Musical crime-fighting may never be the same again.
Chicago’s comedy musicians Mike Ferbrache and Duane Freeman (of “The Mike and Duane Show”), are responsible for the hilarity that ensues when a bunch of librarians play the parts of the cops for “Sabotage.” These mostly grey-haired library ladies swing into action when evil-doers disrespect the library. They run rampant through the halls in bad wigs. They still books.
They probably even have the nerve to speak above a whisper.
Although the entire video is rather brilliantly made — it’s practically a shot-for-shot remake of the original — one of the best parts is the inclusion of “credits.” Copying the Beastie Boys video, each of the characters has a name. These are of course appropriate monikers for the library setting — “Storytime,” “Late Fee,” “Dewey” and “Book Worm” feature.
In case you need a refresher, here is the original Beastie Boys video for “Sabotage.”