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Flute Loop Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Ill Communication LP May 31, 1994
Written by: Beastie Boys/Mario Caldato/Al Kooper
Performed by: Beastie Boys
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

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Flute Loop contains the sample "music to rock the nation", which is sampled from "Dub Revolution", the first track off Lee Perry's Revolution Dub.


  • "Flute Thing" by The Blues Project (Al Kooper) from the album Projections (1966)
  • "I Spy Cops" by Richard Pryor from the album Craps (After Hours) (1971)
  • "Dub Revolution" by Lee Perry from the album Revolution Dub (1975)


  • Victoria - Victoria's Secret, a lingerie company
  • Al Goldstein (1936-2013) - publisher of Screw magazine
  • Pat Ewing (1962- ) - a professional basketball player who spent most of his career with the New York Knicks
  • Grape Ape - a 70's Hanna-Barbera cartoon character
  • Don Cornelius (1936-2012) - creator and host of Soul Train, television's first black-oriented music variety show
  • Subwoofer - a loudspeaker component designed to reproduce only extremely low bass frequencies
  • Robert Perlman - a publicist with Set to Run Public Relations who helped do press for Paul's Boutique; Perlman, who is a funk/soul record collector, gave Beastie Boys several records that they used on Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty; he is credited with drum programming on Hello Nasty
  • Dante - Dante Ross, longtime hip-hop producer
  • SD50 - Stimulated Dummies, a hip-hop production trio of Dante Ross, Geeby Dajani, and John Gamble

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "I ain't goin' no place/Move? Me?!" - a sample from "I Spy Cops" by Richard Pryor
  • "Music to rock the nation" - a sample from "Dub Revolution" by Lee Perry
  • "I'm like Al Goldstein, I'm all about screwing" - Al Goldstein is the publisher of the adult magazine Screw
  • "Peaks of AK" - mountain peaks of Alaska



"...[Flute Loop's] titular sound weave[s] a high-pitched web around a wall of gnarly guitar" - Boston Herald, August 1998


Released Versions:

Flute Loop
Flute Loop (Clean Version)
Flute Loop (Instrumental)
Flute Loop (Live)


Performed in 149 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
22-Jun-1994 : Astoria Theatre, London, England

Last known Performance:
09-Jun-2009 : Rams Head, Baltimore, MD, United States

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