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Hey Ladies


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First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys/Matt Dike/John King/Mike Simpson
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. Demos at Matt Dike's house, mixed at Record Plant. Originally released on Capitol Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Samples

  • "Party Time" by Kurtis Blow from the album The Best Rapper on the Scene (1983)
  • "Machine Gun" by the Commodores from the album Machine Gun (1974)
  • "Shake Your Pants" by Cameo from the album Cameoisis (1980)
  • "Holy Ghost" by the Bar-Kays from the album Money Talks (1978)
  • "Jazzy Sensation" by Afrika Bambaataa and the Jazzy Five from the single ""Jazzy Sensation" (1981)
  • "Hey DJ" by Malcolm McLaren and the World Famous Supreme Team
  • "The Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet from the album Desolation Boulevard (1974)
  • "War" by Edwin Starr from the "War" single (1970)
  • "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown from the album Reality (1974)
  • "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang from the album Wild and Peaceful (1973)
  • "So Ruff, So Tuff" by Zapp & Roger from the album All the Greatest Hits by Zapp & Roger
  • "Dance Floor" by Zapp from the album Zapp II (1990)
  • "Come Let Me Love You" by Jeanette "Lady" Day from the single "Come Let Me Love You" (1981)
  • "Change the Beat" by Fab 5 Freddy from the single "Change the Beat" (1982)
  • "Pumpin' It Up" by P-Funk All Stars from the single "Pumpin' It Up/Pumpin' It Up (Special Club Mix)" (1983)
  • "Shake Your Pants" by Cameo from the album Cameosis (1980)

References

  • Sadaharu Oh (1940- ) - a Japanese baseball player
  • Tom Thumb - PT Barnum's famous little person
  • Tom Cushman - a friend of the Beastie Boys
  • Tom Foolery - tomfoolery is a foolish action or statement
  • Chuck Woolery - a host of TV's Love Connection
  • Grand Canyon - a gorge of the Colorado River in Arizona, one of the natural wonders of the world
  • Moccasins - skin shoe worn by indigenous people of North America
  • The Kid - Adam Horovitz' nickname
  • Welcome Back Kotter - an American television show (1975-1979), starring Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta
  • James at 15 - an American television show (1978-1979), starring Lance Kerwin
  • Chachi in Charge - a cross between Scott Baio's television show Charles in Charge and his character's name of Chachi on the television show Happy Days
  • Sassoon - brand of designer clothing
  • Coup de Ville - Cadillac Coup de Ville automobile
  • Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) - a Dutch painter
  • Beatnik - a member of the Beat Generation who rejects or avoids conventional dress, behavior, etc.

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Hey ladies!" - a sample from "Party Time" by Kurtis Blow
  • Main musical sample is from "Machine Gun" by the Commodores
  • "Date women on TV with the help of Chuck Woolery" - refers to the game show "Love Connection," in which the contestant chooses a date partner after asking them several questions; the show was hosted by Chuck Woolery
  • "Get funky" - a sample from "Hey DJ" by Malcolm McLaren and the World Famous Supreme Team
  • "All the ladies in the house...the ladies, the ladies" - a sample from "Jazzy Sensation" by Afrika Bambaataa and the Jazzy Five
  • Guitar and synthesizer under "All the ladies in the house...the ladies, the ladies" - a sample from "Shake Your Pants" by Cameo
  • Sample after the first chorus is from "Holy Ghost" by the Bar-Kays
  • "Tune in, turn on to a tune that's live" - refers to psychedelia guru Dr. Timothy Leary's coined phrase of "Tune in, turn on, drop out"
  • "Ain't it funky, brother" - a sample from "Funky President" by James Brown
  • "Well, take my advice at any price, a gorilla like your mother is mighty weak, man" - refers to lyrics in the Magilla Gorilla theme song ("Take our advice at any price, a gorilla like Magilla is mighty nice")
  • "She thinks she's the passionate one" - a sample from "The Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet
  • "Good God!" - a sample from "War" by Edwin Starr
  • "Baby, baby, baby" - a sample from So Ruff, So Tuff" by Zapp & Roger

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"As to why this became the first single or where 'Vincent Van Gogh go and mail that ear' came from, your guess is as good as mine." - Michael Diamond, 1999

Press

"...clever and hilarious bullshit: Who can be put off by claims like 'I got more hits than Sadaharu Oh'?" - Rolling Stone, 1989

"Where else [but a Beastie Boys record] will you hear Japanese baseball superstar Sadaharu Oh and dismal TV game-show host Chuck Woolery linked in the same breath?" - People, 1989

"...hyperventilated funk" - Melody Maker, August 1989

"The Beasties have never sounded as slick, sexy and dynamic as on the cowbell-chiming strut 'Hey Ladies'" - New Musical Express, 1999

 

Released Versions:

Hey Ladies
Hey Ladies (Acappella)
Hey Ladies (BS2000 Mix)
Hey Ladies (Fred C Remix)
Hey Ladies (Green Mix)
Hey Ladies (Instrumental)
Hey Ladies (Paul Nice Remix)
Hey Ladies (Video Mix)
Hey Ladies + Shake Your Rump (Ultimix Remix)
Hey Ladies Let's Dance (Beastie Boys vs. David Bowie)
Ladies Night Have Fun (Beastie Boys vs. Kool & the Gang vs. Cyndi Lauper)

Live:

No Known Performances in Concert.

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