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First Appearance: Ill Communication LP May 31, 1994
Written by: Beastie Boys/Mark Nishita
Performed by: Beastie Boys/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


Beastie Boys

"The guitar is definitely the Funkadelic guitar--that sound. That's my cut, though. You hear Yauch messing around [on the upright bass] and then you hear Mark [Nishita]. And if you listen, you can hear Mike walk up to the drums, sit down, pick his sticks up. And whap-uh-uh-uh-uh." - Adam Horovitz, July 1994

"That was just something we played together, after not playing together for a few months. It was just a mood and a moment. At the same time, it definitely comes from a lot of different shared influences that we all have." - Michael Diamond, July 1994

"That shit is dope. That's the way it happened. Me and Mark [Nishita] were jamming, and Mario [Caldato] turned on the DAT. That's just recorded direct to two-track." - Adam Yauch, July 1994


"...forms a kind of benediction to [Ill Communication], it's a jam recalling the funky, acid-damaged space-rock of Funkadelic's 'Maggot Brain'"- Pulse, July 1994

"...[a] slick, funk-inspired instrumental" - Time, 1994

"The Boys loosen up on their instruments, especially in [this] subzero cool [track]..." - Rolling Stone, 1998

"The Beastie Boys have sampled us [a late 70's NYC funk/hip-hop group called ESG], the Beastie Boys have stolen from us - they insist that a tune called 'Transitions' is their record when it's really just a rip-off of 'UF' (one of the most sampled tracks in hip-hop history)." - Carol Cooper, ESG's manager


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Performed in 9 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
25-May-2007 : Crocodile Cafe, The, Seattle, WA, United States

Last known Performance:
24-Aug-2007 : Warfield, The, San Francisco, CA, United States

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