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The Brouhaha Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: To the 5 Boroughs LP, 4 June 2004
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys. Mixed by Supa Engineer "DURO" for No Question Ent./Loreal Inc. Recording engineered by Beastie Boys and Jon Weiner. Turntable Extraordinaire: Mix Master Mike. Recorded and mixed at Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

References

  • Bloodclot - an offensive Jamaican term; also used in "Eggman" on Paul's Boutique
  • Willis - Willis Drummond, a character on the television series "Diff'rent Strokes," portrayed by Todd Bridges
  • Glamour - a monthly women's magazine
  • Plutonium - a radioactive element
  • Hullabaloo - a clamorous noise or disturbance; an uproar
  • Brouhaha - an uproar, hubbub
  • Drown the Clown - a drinking game played with a deck of cards
  • Cirque de Soleil - an entertainment company based in Montreal, Canada, that draws heavily from the circus tradition and emphasizes the use of humans (not animals) as the performers
  • Cool Whip - a brand of whipped dessert topping
  • Mint julep - a drink made of bourbon mixed with crushed ice and sugar and flavored with sprigs of fresh mint
  • Hubbub a a loud, confused noise, as of many voices shouting or talking; an uproar
  • Bones McCoy - Dr. Leonard McCoy, a character on the television show "Star Trek," portrayed by DeForest Kelley
  • Sulu - Captain Hikaru Sulu, a character on the television show "Star Trek," portrayed by George Takei
  • Jon Vie - Jon Vie Pastry Shop, an old-fashioned pastry shop and cafe in Greenwich Village

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Whatcha talkin' 'bout Willis?" - Arnold Drummond's famous trademark phrase from TV's "Diff'rent Strokes"
  • "I'm like the freak for Cirque de Soleil/With the leg behind my head and a rhyme to say" - acts in the Cirque de Soleil include contortionists, jugglers, feats of strength, clowning, and trapeze artists
  • "Oh mais oui, you can catch me" - French and English for "Oh but yes, you can catch me"
  • "Ceci vela, oh n'est-ce pas" - French for "This and that, oh isn't it"
  • "Qu'est-ce-que c'est le brouhahaha" - French for "What is this brouhaha"
  • "You can dance if you want to leave your friends behind/But if they don't dance and then they won't dance they can kiss my fuckin' ass" - In 1983, one-hit-wonder group Men Without Hats hit the charts with the song "Safety Dance." Their original lyrics: "We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind/'Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance, well, they're no friends of mine"

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"It's kind of like, once all the fighting has died down, the warriors emerge victorious, in their togas and march through the village holding high aloft their flags. It's a real victory march for the band" - Beastie Boys, 2004

Press

"...the booming bottom ends of [this track] evoke shades of the group's classics like 'Shake Your Rump' and 'Root Down'" - Jonathan Cohen, Billboard, April 2004

 

Released Versions:

The Brouhaha
The Brouhaha (Acapella)
The Brouhaha (DJBC Remix)
The Brouhaha (Instrumental)

Live:

Performed in 6 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
11-Dec-2004 : Forest National, Brussels, Belgium

Last known Performance:
15-Jan-2005 : Aichiken Taiikukan, Nagoya, Japan

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