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Funky Music Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Real Men Don't Floss EP 1982
Written by: The Young and the Useless
Performed by: Art Africano (bass), Adam Trese (drums), Dave Scilken (acoustic guitar), Adam Horovitz
Production Notes: Recorded and mixed at Moogy Klingman's Hi-Five Studios, New York. Recorded by Tim Crich, mixed by Jay Dublee. Produced by Jay Dublee & T.Y.A.T.U.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Sample & Reference Breakdown:

  • "Say, say dont push me, I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head" is quite similar to a line from Grand Master Flash's the Message: "Don't push me, cause I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head"
  • "Play that funky music white boy, Play that funky music right, Play that funky music white boy, Lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die" is nearly identical to the Wild Cherry song "Play That Funky Music (White Boy)"
  • "Hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop you don't stop" is verbatim to a line from the Sugar Hill Gang's song "Rapper's Delight"

Commentary:

Beastie Boys:

On the breakup of The Young and the Useless: "We fell apart really bad. The drummer went to military school in New Jersey." - Adam Horovitz, June 1994

"After [Polly Wog Stew] came out, my band, The Young and the Useless, started covering Beastie Boys songs. When John Berry went AWOL, I took his spot. I came up from the minors." - Adam Horovitz

Family & Friends:

"When Adam [Horovitz] was 14 years old, he wrote and produced a record. He produced a record called 'Real Men Don't Floss,' and it sold 10,000 copies in New York City." - Israel Horovitz, 1989
[Note that less than 800 copies of the 7" were actually pressed, so selling 10,000 copies is a slight exageration]

Press & Print Media:

"The Beastie Boys and The Young and the Useless played gigs around Manhattan's punk cellars during the first eighteen months of the 1980s. Venues such as A7, CBGB's and Max's Kansas City provided them with their first footings in live performance." - excerpted from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey

"The Young and the Useless had opened gigs for the Beasties on several occasions, and not only did Adam's [Horovitz] guitar style seem suitably rudimentary, his band had even covered some Beastie Boys songs, so he didn't require much tutelage." - excerpted from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey

"When the 'Polly Wog Stew' EP finally came out on the Ratcage label in early 1982, the Beasties performed a few half-hearted 'reunion' gigs, until guitarist John Berry grew tired of the whole enterprise and left. Adam Horovitz's band, The Young and the Useless, were now calling themselves "the Beastie Boys copy band," so he was a natural replacement." - Record Collector, December 1998

 

 

Released Versions:

Funky Music

Live:

Performed in 1 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
20-Nov-1982 : CBGB's, New York, NY, United States

Last known Performance:
20-Nov-1982 : CBGB's, New York, NY, United States

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