59 Chrystie Street 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...
- "Burundi Black (Pt. 2)" by Burundi Stephenson Black from the album Burundi Black(1971)
- "Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)" by Run-DMC from the single "Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)" (1985)
- "Are You Experienced?" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience from the album Are You Experienced (1967)
- "Change the Beat" by Fab 5 Freddy from the single "Change the Beat" (1982)
- "My Philosophy" by Boogie Down Productions from the album By Any Means Necessary (1988)
- "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren & the World's Famous Supreme Team from the album Duck Rock (1983)
- 59 Chrystie Street - a Chinatown loft located between Canal and Hester Streets on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, situated atop a sweatshop and brothel; Beastie Boys rented and used it as a practice space in the early 80's
Sample & Reference Breakdown
- Drum beat - a sample from "Burundi Black (Pt. 2)" by Burundi Stephenson Black
- "Ah, yeah" - a sample from "Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)" by Run-DMC
- "Wick-wick-wack!" - a sample from "My Philosophy" by Boogie Down Productions
- "Fresh!" - a sample from "Change the Beat" by Fab 5 Freddy
- "Ya know it" - a sample from "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren & the World's Famous Supreme Team
"... [59 Chrystie Street is] the building where the Beastie Boys first started their career" - Mike Diamond, 1989
"The floor [at 59 Chrystie Street] was blacktop. Somebody had actually rolled out tar across it. One time we were hanging out in the living room and we heard this really loud explosion in the kitchen. Our toaster oven had a hole in the top and a hole in the back. There was a hole in the wall behind it and a hole in the ceiling. Apparently, somebody upstairs fired a gun through the floor. We ran up there and there was nobody in the room but this old woman. We were like 'What happened?' and she didn't speak English. You know some crazy shit had just happened in that sweatshop and they had quickly covered it up. Dragged the body out." - Adam Yauch, 1998
"...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
"Built on a Burundi drum sample from Joni Mitchell's 'The Jungle Line' [this song] suggests a 'Lola'-esque encounter with a groupie, put plays titular homage to the address of the Beasties' old Chinatown loft." - excerpted from the 33 1/3 Series book Paul's Boutique by Dan LeRoy, 2006
No Known Performances in Concert.