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Finger Lickin' Good Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Check Your Head LP, 21 April 1992
Written by: Beastie Boys/Mario Caldato/Wendell Fite/Hill
Performed by: Adam Yauch (bass), Michael Diamond (drums), Adam Horovitz (guitar), Mark Nishita (D6, Clav, Organ, Wurlitzer), Drew Lawrence (tamboura, mridunga)
Production Notes: Engineered by Mario Caldato, produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato. Recorded and mixed at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village, CA. Sequenced at PCP Labs.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" by Bob Dylan from the album Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
  • "Breakout" by Johnny "Hammond" Smith from the album Breakout (1971)
  • "Three for the Festival" by Rashaan Roland Kirk from the album We Free Kings (1961)
  • "Dance to the Music" by Sly & the Family Stone from the single "Dance to the Music/Sing a Simple Song" (1979)


  • Finger lickin' good - advertising slogan for Kentucky Fried Chicken, a fast food franchise
  • Money Mark - Mark Nishita, Beastie Boys keyboardist
  • Paul Bunyon - legendary hero of lumber camps of the American Northwest
  • Ernie Anastos (1943- ) - New York City news anchor
  • Frugal Gourmet - TV chef personality
  • Pete the Puma - Warner Bros. cartoon character, nemesis of Bugs Bunny
  • Minnie the Moocher - a 1931 song by Cab Calloway
  • The Freak - a dance
  • The Patty Duke - a dance
  • The Spank - a dance

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Just give him some wood and he'll build you a cabinet" - a reference to keyboardist Mark Nishita's carpentry skills
  • "They'll even print my recipe for pasta with pesto" - refers to Grand Royal's publishing of Adam Yauch's pasta with pesto recipe in the debut issue of the magazine
  • "Goin back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough" - a sample from "Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues" by Bob Dylan


Beastie Boys

(Regarding how much the Bob Dylan sample cost) "Seven hundred bucks, but he asked for two thousand dollars. I thought it was kind of fly that he asked for $2000.00, and I bartered Bob Dylan down. That's my proudest sampling deal." - Michael Diamond, Boston Rock, June 1992


"...mixes live instruments with electronically sampled sounds and fluid tempos" - Newsweek, 1992

"[An] old-school-flavored track [that] underscores the group's rhyming skills" - Rolling Stone, 1992


Released Versions:

Finger Lickin' Good
Finger Lickin' Good (Government Cheese Remix)
Finger Lickin' Good (Instrumental)


Performed in 9 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
17-May-1992 : Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, United States

Last known Performance:
24-Nov-1992 : Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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