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First Appearance: Pass the Mic 12" 1992
Written by: Beastie Boys and Mark Nishita
Performed by: Beastie Boys and Mark Nishita
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato. Recorded and mixed at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village, CA. Mastered by Tom Baker at Future Disc.
Behind the Beats and Lyrics...
- Netty's - Netty's Grill, a restaurant on Silver Lake Boulevard in Los Angeles
- Clown Water Balloon Game - an amusement park game in which players try to fill a "clown's mouth" with water to pop their balloon and win a prize
- Skee-ball - a game in which players roll balls up a sloping ramp, attempting to score points by making them drop into slots in a target
"This song was another moment of inspiration from the tiny 'studio G' at G-Son. It was recorded completely on a four-track cassette recorder and then mixed in our main control room. Mark Nishita had played this cheesy keyboard line, then we turned on the drum machine, and recorded that. Adam overdubbed some bass, and then I came with the pathetic falsetto vocals." - Mike Diamond, 1999
"The falsetto-soul ballad 'Netty's Girl' [has] the warmhearted glow of [a] tribute delivered by an overserved karaoke singer" - Rolling Stone, 1999