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I Don't Know Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Hello Nasty LP, 14 July 1998
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys, Miho Hatori (guest vocals), Richard "Sammy's Dad" Siegler (percussion), Jane Scarpantoni (cello), Brian Wright (violin, viola), Duduka (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)

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"The way that I feel about it is that if I'm on the air, if I'm getting that kind of attention, it's something that can be used towards a positive end" - Adam Yauch, 1998 on the song's lyrics

"[A song] could be an idea from here that sets the ball rolling or a sample from there or just a lyric and then we just mess around with it. That's why it takes us so long to make and release records, we try so much stuff out. Sometimes you get a song like 'I Don't Know' and it's fine, you don't have to mess with it." - Mike Diamond, 2001

Press

"...a bossa nova ballad..." - Rolling Stone, 1998

"...sounds like Thurston Moore singing Beck" - The Worcester Phoenix, 1998

"...a low-fi gem that demands repeated plays" - Boston Globe, July 1998

"...[a] hippie-acoustic, complete with bossa nova backing" - The Face, July 1998

"...a sublime Brazilian-flavored acoustic number sweetly delivered by MCA" - 1998

"...a candid helplessness you usually get from Elliott Smith" - Rolling Stone, September 1998

"...one of the best cuts the Beasties have ever written" - Sky Magazine, 1998

 

Released Versions:

I Don't Know

Live:

Performed in 1 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
18-Aug-2001 : Airport Niederreihn, Weeze, Germany

Last known Performance:
18-Aug-2001 : Airport Niederreihn, Weeze, Germany

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