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No Sleep till Brooklyn


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First Appearance: Licensed to Ill LP 1986
Written by: Beastie Boys/Rick Rubin
Performed by: Beastie Boys and Kerry King (lead guitar)
Production Notes: Produced by Rick Rubin, co-produced by Beastie Boys. Engineered by Steve Ett, mastered by Howie Weinberg. Originally released under Def Jam Recordings, a division of CBS/Columbia Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Samples

  • "TNT" by AC/DC from the album High Voltage (1976)

References

  • The Garden - nickname for Madison Square Garden, located in New York City; it is considered the world's most famous arena
  • Brooklyn - a borough of New York City
  • L.A. - Los Angeles, California

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Another plane, another train/Another bottle in the brain/Another girl, another fight/Another drive all night" - similar to the lyrics in "We Are the Road Crew" by Motörhead from the 1981 album No Sleep Till Hammersmith ("Another town, another place/Another girl, another face/Another drug, another race")
  • "Like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon" - similar to lyrics in "Superrappin'" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five ("He takes a lime from a lemon and a lemon to a lime")
  • "'Cause I'll be rockin' this party eight days a week" - a possible reference to "Eight Days a Week" by The Beatles

Commentary:

Press

"...a fantastic rock star rave-up" - Creem, 1987

"...an enormous excess-imbibing rave-up" - excerpted from Stairway to Hell by Chuck Eddy, 1991

"Set alight with as un-minimal a gesture as a guitar solo, [No Sleep till Brooklyn] utilizes an almost identical style of chorus -- a simple three chord guitar motif is ruptured by three shouted voices declaiming the title -- but the lyrics switch this time to what the band gets up to on the road." - excerpted from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998

"...the greatest song Motörhead never wrote" - Everett True, 1999

"...put the Shabbas back in Black Sabbath, forging a rap/metal fusion" - excerpted from The Vibe Story of Hip-Hop by Alan Light, 1999

"We just got signed to Def Jam, and we were in the same studio, and Rick Rubin was working with both of us. And he just came down and said, 'Hey, what do you think about doing the lead down the hallway?' That was about all there was to it. It took five minutes. It might have taken two takes, because it wasn't supposed to be anything intricate. They were spoofing metal, so to speak, on 'No Sleep Till Brooklyn,' so I just went in and did something, out of tune in parts, and [with] feedback - was just one of those totally spur-of-the-moment things, I didn't think about it at all" - Kerry King, excerpted from The Skills to Pay the Bills by Alan Light, 2005

 

Released Versions:

No Sleep till Brooklyn
No Sleep till Brooklyn '04
No Sleep till Brooklyn (Demo)
No Sleep Till Brooklyn (Instrumental)
No Sleep Till Brooklyn (Live)

Live:

Performed in 76 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
26-Dec-1986 : Ritz, The, New York, NY, United States

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

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