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Ricky's Theme

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First Appearance: Ill Communication LP May 31, 1994
Written by: Beastie Boys/Eric Bobo/Mark Nishita
Performed by: Beastie Boys/Eric Bobo/Mark Nishita
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, recorded and mixed at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village CA and Tin Pan Alley, New York, NY. Engineered by Mario Caldato and assistant engineer Settly. Sequenced at Bundy's Playhouse, mastered at Futuredisc by Tom Baker


Beastie Boys

"I had these rough mixes on the album -- mixes that had no EQ; just pan, volume and a reverb send. Like 'Ricky's Theme.' That's basically the rough mix coming off the monitor section of this old board" - Mario Caldato, 1994

"This song came out of a jam where I was playing drums. I was playing, then Money Mark started with the keyboards. Soon after, both Ad-Rock and MCA joined in. Mike D. was on a business call while we were jamming. Whenever I could, I would jump on the drums. As always, Mario C. recorded the jam onto tape, and we figured out the song structure. I later overdubbed the percussion. The title came from Ad-Rock, from what I remember. The Ricky he was talking about was none other than Ricky Powell. I remember that the Rickster was pretty tripped out about the title. The vibe of the song seemed to fit Ricky perfectly. The song incidently was the first song that I had recorded with me playing drums. I also got to play drums when we would do the song live, which was cool with me." - Eric Bobo, March 2003


"The band bends the hip-hop tip into ambient textures on 'Ricky's Theme,' a quiet number with shimmering, loungey keyboards" - Impact, June 1994

"...[a] slick, funk-inspired instrumental" - Time, 1994

"...[a] downbeat instrumental [that was a] Beastly answer to alternative rock and acid jazz" - Entertainment Weekly, 1998


Released Versions:

Ricky's Theme
Ricky's Theme (Live)


Performed in 119 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
13-Jun-1994 : City Square, Milan, Italy

Last known Performance:
12-Jun-2009 : Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN, United States

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