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Oh Word? Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: To the 5 Boroughs LP, 4 June 2004
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys. Mixed by Supa Engineer "DURO" for No Question Ent./Loreal Inc. Recording engineered by Beastie Boys and Jon Weiner. Turntable Extraordinaire: Mix Master Mike. Recorded and mixed at Oscilloscope Laboratories. Mastered by Chris Athens at Sterling Sound.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

References

  • Schnitzel - a German dish of deep-fried breaded veal cutlets
  • Bear Magazine - a lifestyle magazine for gay men
  • Creepy Crawler - small, sticky, rubbery toys that you throw against a wall and watch them "crawl"
  • Brooklyn - a New York City borough
  • Falafel - a Middle Eastern dish, falafel (or felafel) is mashed chickpeas or fava beans
  • Mr. Furley - the bumbling landlord played by actor Don Knotts on the TV sitcom "Three's Company" (1977-1984)
  • Aunt Shirley - Adam Horovitz' aunt
  • Murray's Cheese Shop - New York's oldest cheese shop (est. 1940), located on Bleecker Street in Manhattan
  • Ernest Shackleton - Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922), British Antarctic explorer born in Ireland
  • Ord-Lees - Thomas Ord-Lees served on the HMS Endurance with Ernest Shackleton during a legendary Antarctic voyage in the early 1900's
  • Pemmican - lean meat cut into strips, dried, pounded into paste with fat and a few berries, and pressed into cakes. Also a similar concentrated and nutritious food made from beef and dried fruits, used by Arctic explorers
  • Snidely Whiplash - a cartoon character and nemesis of Canadian Mountie Dudley Do-Right in the animated television show "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show"
  • Dudley Do-you-right - Dudley Do-Right cartoons were a part of "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show that featured the adventures of a clumsy Canadian Mountie and the archest of all cartoon villians Snidely Whiplash
  • Drake's - brand of pre-packaged snack cakes
  • Mr. Rourke - the suave, debonair, and mysterious island host on the television show "Fantasy Island" (1977-1984), portrayed by Ricardo Mantalban

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "My name's Adrock, made in New York" - Although the location of Adam Horovitz' birth is questionable (some say New York, others say New Jersey), he has lived his entire life in New York City
  • "The name's MCA, made in downtown Brooklyn" - Adam Yauch was born in Brooklyn on August 5, 1964
  • "My name's Mike D, made in New York" - Michael Diamond was born in New York City on November 20, 1965
  • "Yo, what the falafel, you gotta get up awful early to fool Mr. Furley" - The premise of the TV sitcom "Three's Company" was that Jack Tripper had to fool the landlord Mr. Furley into believing he was gay so that he could continue to live with his two female roommates
  • "You're on the corner and you're selling a hog's tooth/Don't mean to dis but I've got to point out/The hog's tooth belongs inside the hogs' mouth" - Since ancient Egyptian times, a hog's tooth was believed to cure ailments
  • "Like Ernest Shackleton said to Ord-Lees/I'll have dog pemmican with my tea" - In 1914, explorers Ernest Shackleton and Thomas Ord-Lees set sail on the HMS Endurance, bound for Antartica. The Endurance was eventually lost at sea and the remaining crew was forced to press on with just a few small lifeboats and supplies, while some of the dogs that were originally part of the expedition were made into pemmican (powdered beef with added fat). Thomas Ord-Lees kept a journal of his experiences; in a passage dated April 9, 1916, he wrote, "We had a quarter of a pound of dog pemmican and two biscuits each, in the boats for tea."
  • "This is not a fantasy, and I'm not Mr. Rourke" - Mr. Rourke was the white-suited island host on television's "Fantasy Island"

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"In terms of how we thought about this album, we still think in terms of 'Side A, Side B' - old school vinyl terms. So this is just a nice song to leave you on a weird note before you go get your packet of crisps." - Beastie Boys, 2004

Press

"The good news is that on the 11 tracks devoted to exuberant stupidity, the Beastie Boys remain masters of the game. Over minimalist break beats and a few nice string samples, they shout out lines that merge grade school, grad school and old school. On Oh Word? Horovitz raps, "You gotta get up awful early to fool Mr. Furley/And that's word to Aunt Shirley/And you could stick your head in the toilet, give yourself a swirley. Yauch swiftly follows: Like Ernest Shackleton said to Ord-Lees,/I'll have dog pemmican with my tea." - Josh Tyrangiel, Time, June 14, 2004

"[Beastie Boys] rock the party on tracks like the funky-fresh 'Oh Word?' which show[s] the Beasties are still at their best when at their brattiest." - Chuck Arnold, People, July 12, 2004

 

Released Versions:

40 Ft Word (Beastie Boys vs. Franz Ferdinand)
Oh Word?
Oh Word? (Acapella)

Live:

No Known Performances in Concert.

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