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Tadlock's Glasses

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First Appearance: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, April 2011
Written and Produced by: Beastie Boys
Published by: Brooklyn Dust Music/Universal-Polygram International Publishing Inc. (ASCAP)
Recorded by: Beastie Boys, Jon Weiner, and Andre Kelman at Oscilloscope Laboratories
Mixed by: Beastie Boys and Philippe Zdar at Electric Lady Studios, NYC; Assistant Mix Engineer: Pet Bischoff
Mastered by: Vlado Meller at Universal Mastering Studios, NY; Assisted by Mark Santangelo

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Sun Creations" by Rasheed Smith


  • Molto Mario - a cooking television show, featuring American chef Mario Batali, that aired from 1997 to 2007
  • Quick fire challenge - a term used on the television show Top Chef, where each chef is asked to cook a dish with certain requirements
  • Hijiki - a brown sea vegetable that grows in Asia
  • Excuse our dust - an expression often used when a site is being remodeled or under construction

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Nice in the cut" and "I'm the slicer" - both phrases refer to scratching a record
  • "I hate the game, I hate the player" - a play on the lyrics in the song "Don't Hate The Playa" by Ice T ("Don't hate the player, hate the game")
  • "Freak the hijiki" - "Freaky Hijiki" is the name of a song that appears on the Beastie Boys album The Mix Up
  • "You've got a bagel in your pants" - in the video for "Alive," Mike D appears in a Shazam outfit with a bagel stuffed at his crotch
  • "And you don't stop, the body rock" - refers to "Together Forever" by Run-DMC ("It's like that y'all/and we don't stop the body rock")
  • Before Hot Sauce Committee was completed, its tentative title was Tadlock's Glasses. In 2009, Adam Yauch explained the origin of the title: "We had a bus driver years ago who used to drive Elvis' back-up singers. His name was Tadlock, and Elvis gave him a pair of glasses which he was very proud of. So for some reason that title, Tadlock's Glasses', has just been bouncing around."



"...with its heavy synths and static-infused vocals, 'Tadlock's Glasses' shows off the Boys' taste for experimentation — the song sounds almost as if it's being played underwater while being simultaneously sped up and slowed down. The result isn't entirely satisfying, but it's definitely the work of a band that's never stopped evolving" - Megan Gibson, Time, May 2011


Released Versions:

Tadlock's Glasses
Tadlocks Glasses (DJBC Remix)


No Known Performances in Concert.
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