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AWOL Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP, July 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys
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. Originally released on Capitol Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Good Times" by Chic from the album Risqué (1979)
  • "Good to Go" by Trouble Funk from the album Drop the Bomb (1982)


  • DJ Hurricane - Beastie Boys' DJ
  • Cey City - nickname for Cey Adams, a friend of the Beastie Boys
  • Dust Brothers - Beastie Boys' producers
  • Mike Gee (Michael Small) - a member of the rap group Jungle Brothers
  • Jazzy Jay (John Byas) - old-school New York DJ who was also a former member of Afrika Bambaataa's Soul Sonic Force
  • Bad Brains - influential hardcore band from Washington, D.C.
  • Hollis Crew - Run-DMC posse based out of Hollis, Queens
  • Whodini - a 1980's rap group
  • Original Concept - a four-piece band from Long Island

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • Opening scratches - a sample from "Good Times" by Chic
  • "Take the A Train" - a song by Duke Ellington



"...a selection of snippets of New York life loosely bound together by their shared brevity; it forms a sort of final summary of what Paul's Boutique is all about" - paraphrased from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998


Released Versions:

AWOL (Instrumental)


Performed in 2 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
16-Sep-1992 : Budokan, Tokyo, Japan

Last known Performance:
24-Jan-1996 : Todoroki Arena, Kawasaki, Japan

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