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Crawlspace 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. Mastered by Chris Athens at Sterling Sound.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Samples

  • "The O.J. Chronicles" - an episode of "The Joe Frank Show" by Joe Frank and David Cross

References

  • Ron Popeil (1935- ) - one of America's greatest inventors, founder of Ronco Inventions LLC
  • Bloopers - "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes," a television show hosted by Dick Clark and Ed McMahon that featured outtakes, flubbed lines, and practical jokes taken from the footage of filmed television shows
  • Beatsie Boys - another name for the Beastie Boys, possibly coined by Biz Markie; in addition to this song, the band refer to themselves as Beatsie Boys in "Root Down," "Putting Shame in Your Game," "All Lifestyles" and "Nonstop Disco Powerpack"
  • Herman Munster: a Frankenstein-ish character portrayed by actor Fred Gwynne on the television show "The Munsters" (1964-1966)
  • Dr. Spock - Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903-1998), world-famous pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care is one of the biggest-selling titles of all time; also referenced in "So What'cha Want"
  • Radio Shack - an American electronics specialty store
  • The Force - in the Star Wars films, the mystical energy that flows through all living things
  • Darth Vader - an evil Dark Lord in the Star Wars movie series; father of Luke Skywalker; also referenced in "Do It"
  • Steeple chase - a race on horseback across country in which obstacles are to be leaped
  • Tri-state area - New York's tri-state area of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut
  • 200 proof - the highest proof rating of alcohol (100% alcohol)

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "I got more product than Ron Popeil" - Ron Popeil's products (Food Dehydrator, Pocket Fisherman, Rotisserie and BBQ Oven, etc.) have pulled in more than $1 billion dollars in sales
  • "But don't sleep Cochese/I'm in your crawlspace" - Nathan Wind (MCA's cop alter ego) played the role of Cochese in the "Sabotage" video
  • "What was that about?" and "You know, maintenance needs" - samples from "The O.J. Chronicles," an episode of "The Joe Frank Show" by Joe Frank and David Cross

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"We were going for, like, EPMD and we wind up with MC 900 Feet Jesus? That hurts..." - Beastie Boys, 2004

Press

"...[a] squelchy dis track [that] has each man rhyming in an innovative conversational cadence" - Peter Relic, Cleveland Free Times, June 30, 2004

 

Released Versions:

Crawlspace
Crawlspace (Acapella)

Live:

No Known Performances in Concert.

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