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First Appearance: Ill Communication LP May 31, 1994
Written by: Beastie Boys/Hall/Mark Nishita/Mario Caldato
Performed by: Beastie Boys/Mario Caldato/Mark Nishita
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, recorded and mixed at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village CA and Tin Pan Alley, New York, NY. Engineered by Mario Caldato and assistant engineer Settly. Sequenced at Bundy's Playhouse, mastered at Futuredisc by Tom Baker

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

References

  • "Do It, Fluid" - a 1974 song by the Blackbyrds
  • Stonehenge - monumental circular setting of large standing stones in Wiltshire, England
  • Druids - the learned class among the ancient Celts, thought to have built Stonehenge
  • Son of Sam - David Berkowitz (1953- ) - a notorious serial killer who terrorized New York City in 1976-1977
  • Phone Fiber Optic Distraction - the major phone companies' competitive introduction of fiber optics in the transmissions of signals
  • Information Superhighway - a large-scale communications network providing a variety of interactive services
  • Manhattan - a borough of New York City
  • Westchester - Westchester County, New York
  • Coney Island - an area in southern Brooklyn with an amusement park and beach
  • L.E.S. Manhattan Island - Lower East Side, the eastern section of Manhattan, in New York City, lying to the east of 5th Avenue
  • Detroit - a city in southeast Michigan
  • Ellis Island - an island in Upper New York Bay, southwest of Manhattan; also a former U.S. immigrant examination station
  • Richter scale - an instrument that measures the magnitude of earthquakes
  • Luke Skywalker - a character in Star Wars movie series; son of Darth Vader
  • Darth Vader - an evil Dark Lord in the Star Wars movie series; father of Luke Skywalker; also referenced in "Crawlspace"
  • Elvis Costello (1954- ) - an influential musician of the post-punk 70's scene
  • Abe Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th president of the United States
  • Billy Joel (1949- ) - a musician, singer, and songwriter
  • "We Didn't Start the Fire" - a 1989 song by Billy Joel
  • Glendale Boulevard - a street in Los Angeles, California

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Like the Blackbyrds, I'm a do it fluid" - refers to the 1974 song "Do it, Fluid" by The Blackbyrds
  • "Building rhymes like buildings, like a Stonehenge Druid" - The Druids were believed to have built the massive stone structure Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England
  • "Falls brings the winter (yeah) and on back to springtime" - possibly a reference to the Beach Boys song "Fall Breaks and Back to Winter" on their 1967 album Smiley Smile
  • "Check it out because my head is like a sieve" - lyrically similar to "Earache My Eye" by Cheech and Chong ("My teacher's talking to me and she tells me how to live, but I don't listen to her 'cause my head is like a sieve")
  • "Got rhymes gallot" - Double Trouble boast the same in "Double Trouble at The Amphitheatre" on the Wild Style soundtrack (1983)
  • "I've got attractions like I'm Elvis Costello" - refers to Elvis Costello's band The Attractions
  • "My brain is flowing honest like Abe Lincoln" - Abraham Lincoln's nickname was "Honest Abe"
  • "Why did Billy Joel say 'We didn't start the fire'?" - refers to the 1989 song "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel

Commentary:

Press

"...the tight and tidy 'Do It' dish[es] out the snarly, clever raps and stripped-down grooves that recall Licensed to Ill and their last album, Check Your Head, which was three years in the making" - Impact, June 1994

 

Released Versions:

Do It
Do It (Clean Version)
Do It (Instrumental)
Do It (Live)

Live:

Performed in 93 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
28-May-1994 : Radio Music Hall, Washington, United States

Last known Performance:
10-Jun-2009 : Orange Peel, The, Asheville, NC, United States

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