Eugene's Lament [ Click for Lyrics ]
First Appearance: Ill Communication LP May 31, 1994
Written by: Beastie Boys/Eric Bobo/Eugene Gore/Mario Caldato
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, recorded and mixed at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village CA and Tin Pan Alley, New York, NY. Engineered by Mario Caldato and assistant engineer Settly. Sequenced at Bundy's Playhouse, mastered at Futuredisc by Tom Baker
Behind the Beats and Lyrics...
"You listen to it, and you know it's going to fuck people up, because it's crazy, but I'm into it because it fucked me up." - Adam Horovitz, July 1994
"Here's another song that came out of a jam. It's kind of dark in a way but it's got a groove to it. There was a guy named Eugene who hung around the Boys and coincidentally, I went to school with at U.S.C., and he played violin. He wasn't there while we were jamming, but one of the Boys suggested adding him in on the violin. Like I said, the song is dark and eerie, so when he played the violin the way he did, it fit the song perfectly. We never played this song live." - Eric Bobo, March 2003
"[Eugene's Lament] was just a one-minute jam on the DAT, then we repeated a couple of sections of it and had Eugene Gore overdub violins. The rest of the music was straight to DAT. That's why it sounds kind of screwed up, but it came out nice." - Mario Caldato, 1994
"...tosses world-beat drones into a musical Cuisinart" - Entertainment Weekly, June 1994
"...features beautiful, dissonant and dramatic violin musings from Eugene Gore floating over trademark chunky rhythms" - Impact, June 1994
Performed in 3 known Concerts.
First known Performance:
29-Dec-1995 : Royal Melbourne Showground, Melbourne, Australia
Last known Performance:
29-Aug-1998 : Rivermead, Reading, England