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First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers. Recorded at Mario G's, mixed at Record Plant. Engineered by Mario Caldato, assisted by Allen Abrahamson. Originally released on Capitol Records.
Behind the Beats and Lyrics...
- "Brave & Strong" by Sly & the Family Stone from the album There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
- "Feel Good" by Fancy from the album Wild Thing (1974)
- A live ping-pong game
- Dragnet - classic 1960's police drama television series
- Mr. Roper - the landlord on the television series Three's Company, portrayed by Norman Fell
- The Yankees - New York Yankees, a major league baseball team
- Miss Crabtree - a teacher on The Little Rascals/Our Gang
- Spanky - a character on The Little Rascals/Our Gang
- BMW - German luxury automobile
- "Proud Mary" - a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Ring Ding - a popular snack food
- "Do Wah Diddy" - a song by Manford Mann
- Bob Dylan (1941- ) - Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist known for his folk rock protest songs and harsh delivery
- Cheeba - slang for "marijuana"
- "Mothership Connection" - a song and album by Parliament
- Harley - Harley Davidson motorcycle
- Hollywood - a section of Los Angeles, California, considered the center of the show business industry in the United States
- Sorry Charlie - a commercial slogan used by Starkist Tuna
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac - beat author and what is considered his greatest work
- PCP - a hallucinogenic drug
Sample & Reference Breakdown
- Beginning and ending beat samples are from "Brave & Strong" by Sly & the Family Stone
- Drum beat sample is from "Feel Good" by Fancy
- "Roses are red, the sky is blue" - refers to the timeless poem "Roses are red, violets are blue"
- "I got my barrel at your neck so what the fuck ya gonna do?" and "my nine's by my side" - lyrics refer to Adam Yauch's interest in guns
- "Because you know why a you see H" - Adam Yauch is spelling out his last name phonetically (Y-A-U-C-H)
- "Are you experienced little girl" - refers to "Are You Experienced" by Jimi Hendrix
"There actually was a ping-pong table in the recording studio...We actually did overdub playing ping-pong. We put up two mics, and I think it was me and E.Z. Mike [Mike Simpson], if I'm not mistaken, just kind of volleying back and forth with the ball. We were trying to keep it to the beat, but I don't think we did stay on the beat very well." - Adam Yauch on Paul's Boutique-20th Anniversary Edition audio commentary, 2009
"The boys reference vintage TV favorites from 'Our Gang' to 'Dragnet' to 'Three's Company' slyly salute disparate musical inspirations (John Fogerty and George Clinton); compare themselves to a Big Apple sports team (the Yankees); bemoan their bad reputation while also threatening gunplay; and of course, make pit stops for girls and weed. The rhymes never reach the level of the two most famous writers cited - Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan, who both had a better knack for such breakneck lyrical bric-a-brac - but they do provide an effective three-minute Cliff's Notes version of the disc." - excerpted from the 33 1/3 Series book Paul's Boutique by Dan LeRoy, 2006
No Known Performances in Concert.