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3-Minute Rule Click for Lyrics

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...

Samples

  • "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

References

  • 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

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"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

Press

"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

 

Released Versions:

3-Minute Rule
3-Minute Rule (Demo)
3-Minute Rule (Instrumental)

Live:

No Known Performances in Concert.

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