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Benny and the Jets Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science LP 1999
Written by: Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Performed by: Biz Markie & Mark Nishita
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, engineered by Mario Caldato


Beastie Boys:

"Mark Nishita has been into this song since he was in high school. Periodically during the time that we've known him, he will just bust in with the first chord and start playing it. So one day when Biz was over at the studio, singing as we backed him on our instruments, it happened. We had been playing all the classics: 'Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog,''The Joker'...I guess it was fated to transpire at some point. Mark began to play and Biz began to sing. It was one of those moments when everything comes together. Magic was in the air. Years later, Biz jumped on stage with us at Madison Square Garden, and we had the great fortune of performing this Elton John classic to a packed house. So this one goes out, special dedication, to Elton himself." - Adam Yauch, 1999

Press & Print Media:

"...a rather bizarro version of Elton John's 'Benny and the Jets'" - Ottawa Sun, August 1998

"...Money Mark's sun-stroked melodicism" - Flipside, 1999

"...a tuneless Elton John cover" - New Musical Express, 1999

"The cover of Elton John's 'Bennie and the Jets' [has] the warmhearted glow of [a] tribute delivered by an overserved karaoke singer." - Rolling Stone, 1999


Released Versions:

Benny & the Jets


Performed in 7 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
15-Aug-1998 : Molson Park, Barrie, Canada

Last known Performance:
10-Jun-2009 : Orange Peel, The, Asheville, NC, United States

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