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Tadlock's Glasses

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First Appearance: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, April 2011
Written and Produced by: Beastie Boys
Published by: Brooklyn Dust Music/Universal-Polygram International Publishing Inc. (ASCAP)
Recorded by: Beastie Boys, Jon Weiner, and Andre Kelman at Oscilloscope Laboratories
Mixed by: Beastie Boys and Philippe Zdar at Electric Lady Studios, NYC; Assistant Mix Engineer: Pet Bischoff
Mastered by: Vlado Meller at Universal Mastering Studios, NY; Assisted by Mark Santangelo

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Sun Creations" by Rasheed Smith


  • Molto Mario - a cooking television show, featuring American chef Mario Batali, that aired from 1997 to 2007
  • Quick fire challenge - a term used on the television show Top Chef, where each chef is asked to cook a dish with certain requirements
  • Hijiki - a brown sea vegetable that grows in Asia
  • Excuse our dust - an expression often used when a site is being remodeled or under construction

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Nice in the cut" and "I'm the slicer" - both phrases refer to scratching a record
  • "I hate the game, I hate the player" - a play on the lyrics in the song "Don't Hate The Playa" by Ice T ("Don't hate the player, hate the game")
  • "Freak the hijiki" - "Freaky Hijiki" is the name of a song that appears on the Beastie Boys album The Mix Up
  • "You've got a bagel in your pants" - in the video for "Alive," Mike D appears in a Shazam outfit with a bagel stuffed at his crotch
  • "And you don't stop, the body rock" - refers to "Together Forever" by Run-DMC ("It's like that y'all/and we don't stop the body rock")
  • Before Hot Sauce Committee was completed, its tentative title was Tadlock's Glasses. In 2009, Adam Yauch explained the origin of the title: "We had a bus driver years ago who used to drive Elvis' back-up singers. His name was Tadlock, and Elvis gave him a pair of glasses which he was very proud of. So for some reason that title, Tadlock's Glasses', has just been bouncing around."



"...with its heavy synths and static-infused vocals, 'Tadlock's Glasses' shows off the Boys' taste for experimentation the song sounds almost as if it's being played underwater while being simultaneously sped up and slowed down. The result isn't entirely satisfying, but it's definitely the work of a band that's never stopped evolving" - Megan Gibson, Time, May 2011


Released Versions:

Tadlock's Glasses
Tadlocks Glasses (DJBC Remix)


No Known Performances in Concert.

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