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Pop Your Balloon Click for Lyrics

Written and Produced by: Beastie Boys
Published by: Brooklyn Dust Music/Universal-Polygram International Publishing, Inc. (ASACP)

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

References

  • Je suis - French for "I am"
  • Wedgie - occurs when a person's underwear is pulled up and wedged between the buttocks
  • Noogie - the act of rubbing one's knuckles on a person's head so as to produce a mildly painful sensation
  • Electric Boogie - a variation of the Electric Boogaloo, a style of funk dance and hip-hop dance closely related to popping
  • Tour de France - an annual bicycle competition held in France and nearby countries
  • Echoplex - a device that uses an infinite tape loop with a fixed record head and a movable playback head that allows a producer to achieve the desired delay and echo at a particular moment on a tape
  • Hex - a sign, spell, or jinx that brings bad luck
  • Franz Harary (1962- ) - an American magician/illusionist and inventor
  • Cam - short for "camera"
  • Cat's in the bag - a play on the expression "cat's out of the bag," which means to reveal a secret
  • In the cut - refers to a location that is secluded or hard to find, or a place in the hood
  • In the pocket - refers to when a drummer plays a solid groove with a great feel
  • Press - refers to a record press, a machine for manufacturing vinyl records
  • Plates - refers to a dubplate, an acetate disc, usually 12, 10, or 7 inches in diameter, used in mastering studios for quality control and test recordings before proceeding with the final master and subsequent pressing of the record to be mass-produced on vinyl
  • Crates - refers to record digging (i.e., collecting)
  • Cap'n - Cap'n Crunch, a cereal produced by General Mills
  • Boo Berry - a cereal produced by General Mills
  • Count Chocula - a cereal produced by General Mills
  • Battle tank - a subgame in the video game "Tron"
  • Tron - a 1982 arcade video game made by Bally Midway that was based on the Walt Disney film Tron, released in the same year
  • Pawn - a chess piece of the smallest size and value

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Do your dance, Mike" - refers to a dance Mike developed during the Pageant Tour that delighted fans; "Do Your Dance" is a song by Rose Royce
  • "'Cause there ain't no sunshine when Mike D's gone" - a reference to the 1971 song "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers

Released Versions:

Pop Your Balloon
Pop Your Balloon (Clean)

Live:

No Known Performances in Concert.

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