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Egg Man Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers. Recorded at Mario G's, mixed at Record Plant. Engineered by Mario Caldato, assisted by Allen Abrahamson. Originally released on Capitol Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Samples

  • "Superfly" by Curtis Mayfield from the Superfly soundtrack (1972)
  • Psycho: The Complete Original Motion Picture Score by Bernard Hermann (1960)
  • Cheech & Chong's Next Movie film (1980)
  • "You're Gonna Get Yours" by Public Enemy from the album Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987)
  • "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy from the album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  • "Get Off Your Ass and Jam" by Funkadelic from the album Let's Take It to the Stage (1975)
  • "Dance to the Music" by Sly & the Family Stone from the single "Dance to the Music" (1968)
  • "Drop It in the Slot" by Tower of Power from the album In the Slot (1975)
  • Jaws (Original Soundtrack) by John Williams (1975)
  • "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello and the Attractions from the album This Year's Model (1978)
  • "I'm Ready" by Commodores from the album Caught in the Act (1975)
  • "Sport" by Lightnin' Rod from the album Hustlers' Convention (1970)

References

  • Humpty Dumpty - a nursery rhyme character portrayed as a giant egg
  • Rastaman - a follower of Rastafarianism, a religious cultural movement that began in 1930's Jamaica
  • "Bloodclot" - an offensive Jamaican term
  • LA - Los Angeles, California
  • "Runny" Ray - Raymond "Runny" White, Run-DMC crew member
  • Dolemite - a 1974 cult-classic Blaxploitation film, full of nightclub rapping and kung-fu action
  • Taxi Driver - a 1976 Martin Scorsese film, starring Robert DeNiro
  • Haze - Eric Haze, a graffiti artist who did the lettering for the Beastie Boys' Check Your Head album
  • "Sam I Am" - a Dr. Seuss character and story
  • "Green Eggs and Ham" - a Dr. Seuss story
  • Yosemite Sam - Bugs Bunny's nemesis
  • Crack - a form of cocaine

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • Bassline sample from "Superfly" by Curtis Mayfield
  • "I'm on the move" - a sample from "Dance to the Music" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Humpty Dumpty was a big fat egg, he was playing the wall then he broke his leg" - refers to a character in a nursery rhyme and riddle who personifies an egg that fell from a wall and could not be pieced together again
  • "You're all gonna get yours!" - a sample from "You're Gonna Get Yours" by Public Enemy
  • "Yo, they just got my little cousin ese" - a sample from Cheech & Chong's Next Movie
  • "They come from a chicken, not a bunny, dummy!" - possibly refers to Cadbury chocolate Easter eggs
  • "Now they got me in a cell" - a sample from "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy
  • "We all dressed in black, we snuck up around the back, we began to attack, the eggs did crack on Haze's back" - a modification of the lyrics to "Egg Raid on Mojo," with "Mojo" being replaced with "Haze"
  • "Come Halloween, you know I come strapped" - refers to the popular pastime of egging during Halloween
  • "Come Halloween" scream - a sample of either Drew Barrymore from the 1982 film E.T. or the character Newt from the 1986 film Aliens

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"We have a long history of egg throwing." - Adam Horovitz on Paul's Boutique-20th Anniversary Edition audio commentary, 2009

"We became obsessed with throwing eggs at people. The Beasties were staying at the Mondrian hotel, on the ninth floor. Summer was starting and everyday all these people would line up in front of the Comedy Store across the street. It was just open season. Eventually, they got a very diplomatic letter from the hotel management, like 'We've had some reports of things falling out of your window. If there's a problem with your window, please let us know.' Then we started driving around in limos, throwing eggs at people. That's how we came up with the song." - Mike Simpson of Dust Brothers

Press

"...a nightmarish cartoon of shell-cracking hooliganism" - Rolling Stone, 1989

"...a jerky rap track about hurling eggs around" - New Musical Express, July 1989

"...largely bonkers" - excerpted from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998

 

Released Versions:

Egg Man
Egg Man (Demo)
Egg Man (Instrumental)
Egg Man (Live)

Live:

Performed in 86 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
16-Sep-1992 : Budokan, Tokyo, Japan

Last known Performance:
05-Sep-2007 : Brixton Academy, London, England

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