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Country Delight Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Country Mike's Greatest Hits LP
Written by: Country Mike and The Boys
Performed by: Country Mike and The Boys, Bucky Baxter (pedal steel), Mix Master Mike a.k.a. "Slim" (chicken fiddle)
Production Notes: Recorded and mixed in the Dungeon, engineered and produced by Country Mike and The Boys. Mastered by Howie Weinberg.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

References:

  • Rodeo - public exhibition of the skill of cowboys in various activities
  • Do-si-do - a figure in square dancing, in which two persons advance, pass around each other back to back, and return to their places

Sample & Reference Breakdown:

  • This track is an obvious tribute to the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight"; in addition to the similar rapping style and delivery of the lyrics, most of the lyrics are directly modeled after Sugar Hill's:
  • "Well I am Country Mike and I'd like to say hello/to the black, the white, the red and the green, the purple and yellow" - Country Delight
    "Ya see I am Wonder Mike and I'd like to say hello/to the black, to the white, the red and the brown, to the purple and yellow" - Rapper's Delight
  • "But first I gotta bang-bang, stomp my boots, movin' to the country beat" - Country Delight
    "But first I gotta bang-bang, to the boogie to the boogie say up jumped the boogie" - Rapper's Delight
  • "But so far ya heard my voice, yes it ain't no riddle/right now I'm gonna introduce my man Slim on the fiddle" - Country Delight
    So all you heard my voice but I brought two friends along/and next on the mic is my man Hank" - Rapper's Delight
  • "Well - ranch house, barnyard, at the ro-day-o" - Country Delight
    "Everybody go - hotel, motel, Holiday Inn" - Rapper's Delight
  • "Ranch house field hands actin' up c'mon, now do-si-do" - Country Delight
    "I say if your girl starts actin' up then you take a friend" - Rapper's Delight
  • "Say C-O-U-N-T-R-Y to all the people's delight" - Country Delight
    "I say M-A-S-T-E-R 'G' with the double 'E' " - Rapper's Delight
  • "I go by the unforgetable name of the man they call Country Mike" - Country Delight
    "I said I go by the unforgetable name of the man they call Master Gee" - Rapper's Delight
  • "My name is known all over the world, by the cityfolk and the cowgirl/I'm going down in history, as the baddest cowboy there ever could be"- Country Delight
    "My name is known all over the world, and all the foxy ladies and the pretty girls/and goin' down in history as the baddest brother there ever could be" - Rapper's Delight
  • "Just throw your hands up in the air, while you're dancin' to the beat shake your derriere" - Country Delight
    "You throw your hands high in the air, you're rockin' to the beat shake your derriere" - Rapper's Delight

Commentary:

Beastie Boys:

"[The Beastie Boys] are furious. They made this whole country album and Mike D's the singer on it, and I swear, those guys are off the hook. It sounds really good; they're good at all that shit" - Mix Master Mike, 1998

"At some point after Ill Communication came out, Mike got hit in the head by a large foreign object and lost all of his memory. As it started coming back he believed that he was a country singer named Country Mike. The psychologists told us that if we didn't play along with Mike's fantasy, he could be in grave danger. Finally he came back to his senses" - Adam Yauch, 1999

Friends of the Band:

"[The Beastie Boys] made a whole country record which no one has heard or may even hear – which is hilarious. They should just put this stuff out – you know – Grand Royal, on a small level. It is classic." - Jill Cunniff, 1998

"Mike (Diamond) told me that when they recorded the country album, that Adam (Yauch) and he were wearing full western outfits and Adam was wearing a giant cowboy hat and cowboy boots. And they spoke in a southern accent. They’d go out to the pizza parlor in their outfits. They’d go downstairs outta the studio in their outfits and order pizza with the accents, cause they wanted to stay in character." - Gabby Glaser, 1998

"I mean it is really something not everyone knows about ‘em…how incredibly funny they are, side-splitting humor. Country Mike that’s his name. Ask him to sing Sloppy Drunks." - Jill Cunniff/Gabby Glaser, 1998

 

Released Versions:

Country Delight

Live:

No Known Performances in Concert.

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