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Body Movin'

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First Appearance: Hello Nasty LP 1998
Written by: Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato and engineered by Mario Caldato. Recorded at G-Son Studios (Los Angeles, CA), The Dungeon (New York, NY), The Tree House (New York, NY), Ted Diamond's House of Hits (New York, NY), Soho Music Studios (New York, NY), Dessau Studios (New York, NY), RPM Studios (New York, NY). Second engineers: Steve Revitte and Sue Dyer at RPM Studios, mixed at RPM Studios (New York, NY). Mastered by Howie Weinberg and Andy van Dette at Masterdisk (New York, NY). Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix) remixed by Fatboy Slim, engineered by Simon Thornton at The House of Love

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Oye Como Va" by Tito Puente from the album Oye Como Va: the Dance Collection (1997)
  • "Modern Dynamic Physical Fitness Activities" by Ed Durlacher
  • "Fido" by the Byrds from the album Ballad of Easy Rider (1969) [in Fatboy Slim Remix]


  • Krush Groove - a 1985 film starring the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC
  • The Freak - a dance step
  • Bon-Bon - a chocolate treat
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape - a French red wine
  • Creme de la creme (French) - the very best; choicest parts or members; the expression is also used in "That's It That's All"
  • Defender - a popular 80's arcade video game

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Ready? will do this four times with the left, four with the right, then eight times with both, then repeat" / "Stand erect, arms down. Swing left arm big, same with the right" / "Left arm ready and one, and again, stand erect" / "You will do eight hops on the left, eight on the right. Four left, four right, two left, two right, then one each. Left, right, left, right; start and land on the balls of the feet. Left foot, ready, it's one, two, thress, four, five" - samples from "Modern Dynamic Physical Fitness Activities" by Ed Durlacher
  • "We be gettin' down and you know we're crush groovin'" - refers to Krush Groove, a 1985 film starring Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Kurtis Blow, the Fat Boys, and Beastie Boys
  • "All of y'all/Get off the wall/Have a ball and get involved" - lyrics are similar to those in "Slow and Low" (First of all/get off the wall/it's time to party so have a ball)
  • "MCA, where have you been? Packed like sardines in the tin" - refers to the cover of Hello Nasty, which features the band lying in a giant sardine can
  • "And if you play Defender I could be your Hyperspace" - Defender was a popular video game in which you could transport your fighter spaceship into another area of the game (Hyperspace) to avoid impending doom



"...[an] ecstatic, organ-driven dance track" - The Worcester Phoenix, July 1998

" excellent steel-drum sample; another funky track" - Boston Globe, July 1998


Released Versions:

Body Movin'
Body Movin' (Acappella Wet)
Body Movin' (Acappella)
Body Movin' (Album Edit)
Body Movin' (BGSA Remix)
Body Movin' (Body Workin' Day and Night)
Body Movin' (Deep in Kent [Anti-Vocal] Mix)
Body Movin' (Erick Sermon Remix)
Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Mix CC Edit)
Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim R-Mix Edit)
Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix - Radio Edit)
Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix with Sound Effects)
Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)
Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix-Edit)
Body Movin' (G-Rated Version)
Body Movin' (Green Mix)
Body Movin' (Instrumental)
Body Movin' (Kut Masta Kurt Remix Instrumental)
Body Movin' (Kut Masta Kurt Remix)
Body Movin' (Live)
Body Movin' (Movin' In Kent Mix)
Body Movin' (Movin' in Kent [Vocal] Mix)
Body Movin' (Shawn J. Period Remix)
Body Movin' (Video Version)
Body Movin' I Did It Again (Beastie Boys vs. Britney Spears)
Genius of Body Movin' (Beastie Boys vs. Tom Tom Club)
Groovy Body Movin' Train (Beastie Boys vs. the Farm)


Performed in 179 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
20-Jun-1998 : , Lorely, Germany

Last known Performance:
12-Jun-2009 : Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN, United States

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