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Heart Attack Man Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Ill Communication LP May 31, 1994
Written by: Beastie Boys/Amery Smith
Performed by: Beastie Boys/Amery Smith
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...


  • "Kentucky Skank" by The Upsetters from the album Double Seven (1973)
  • "Sucker MC's" by Run-DMC from the album Run-DMC (1984)
  • "Noise the Show" radio show


  • Hefty - a brand name of trash bags
  • Six pack - a set of six canned drinks, usually beer or soda, which are sold as a single unit
  • Spam - a canned meat product made mainly from ham
  • Heart Attack Man - Sean Callahan; the song is loosely based on Callahan's exploits in the fabled Atwater Basketball Association

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Okay, okay, let's take it from here" - a sample from "Kentucky Skank" by The Upsetters
  • "Laugh with all your buddies because it's a man's man's world" - refers to "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," a 1966 song recorded by James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome
  • "Step back or catch a heart attack" - a sample from "Sucker MC's" by Run-DMC
  • "Oh, what do we know about partying or anything else?" - a sample from Tim Sommer's "Noise the Show" radio show on WNYU-FM; Tim originally took this line from the Black Flag song "Six Pack"



"Even during the pugilistic machinations of 'Heart Attack Man,' you'll hear Run warning 'Step back or catch a heart attack'" - Bomb, July/August 1994

"...the hilariously frenetic 'Heart Attack Man' harken[s] back to their hardcore punk roots" - Impact, June 1994

"While [this] track has visceral power, [it] ultimately shows the Beasties to be punk classicists, unable to transcend the now reactionary sounding influences of 80's thrash pioneers like Black Flag, Minor Threat and the Germs. Indeed, if the Beasties gave their hardcore the same sonic complexity they give their funk, they would prove truly dangerous" - Rolling Stone, 1994

"...[a] stale punk-influenced song" - Time, 1994


Released Versions:

Heart Attack Man
Heart Attack Man (Clean Version)
Heart Attack Man (Live)
Heart Attack Man (Unplugged)


Performed in 175 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
28-May-1994 : Radio Music Hall, Washington, DC, United States

Last known Performance:
12-Jun-2009 : Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN, United States

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