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Dr Lee PhD Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Hello Nasty LP, 14 July 1998
Written by: Beastie Boys/Lee Perry/Mark Nishita
Performed by: Beastie Boys, Lee "Scratch" Perry (guest vocals), Mark Nishita (keyboards) and Eric Bobo (percussion)
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato. Engineered by Mario Caldato. Recorded at G-Son Studios (Los Angeles, CA), The Dungeon (New York, NY), The Tree House (New York, NY), Ted Diamond's House of Hits (New York, NY), Soho Music Studios (New York, NY), Dessau Studios (New York, NY), RPM Studios (New York, NY). Second engineers: Steve Revitte and Sue Dyer at RPM Studios, mixed at RPM Studios (New York, NY). Mastered by Howie Weinberg and Andy van Dette at Masterdisk (New York, NY)

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Dub Revolution" by Lee Scratch Perry


  • Black Ark - Lee Perry's legendary recording studio, destroyed by fire in 1979
  • Beastly Brothers - Beastie Boys

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Music to rock the Nation" - a sample from "Dub Revolution" by Lee Scratch Perry


Beastie Boys:

"[Perry] said he wanted to overdub and he just recorded some tracks coughing and going mrraangh and making all these pig sounds and ad-libbing. And Mario [Caldato] - he was really subtle about it - was like, 'I really like on your records when you do percussion stuff.' So Lee Perry got up, grabbed these shakers and rattle, and just started shaking tons of stuff" - Adam Yauch, 1998


"...Lee 'Scratch' Perry drops in for some chintzy organ playing and toasted non sequiturs" - Entertainment Weekly, 1998

"...began [in 1996] at early sessions in New York and grew slowly over time into five minutes of sweet and sticky dubbed-out bliss" - Rolling Stone, 1998

"In the studio, Lee 'Scratch' Perry listened halfway through the track; unrolled a tour poster on the back of which he'd already scratched out lyrics, theories and diagrams; and quickly got on the mike to celebrate voodoo, science, Jesus of Nazareth and 'the Beastly Brothers, and the Beastly Boys, with their beastly toys, they give ya some beastly joys'"- Rolling Stone, 1998

"...a serene-if-giggly, Yoda-like benediction" - The Worcester Phoenix, July 1998

"[Perry] provided an improvised vocal after turning up to the studio in a pair of mirrored shoes" - The Face, July 1998


Released Versions:

Dr. Lee PhD
Dr. Lee PhD (Dub Mix)


No Known Performances in Concert.
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