Something's Got to Give
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First Appearance: Check Your Head LP, 21 April 1992
Written by: Beastie Boys/Mario Caldato/Mark Nishita
Performed by: Adam Yauch (bass), Michael Diamond (drums), Adam Horovitz (guitar), Mark Nishita (D6, Clav, Organ, Wurlitzer), James Bradley Jr (percussion)
Production Notes: Engineered by Mario Caldato, produced by Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato. Recorded and mixed at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village, CA. Sequenced at PCP Labs.
"[Something's Got to Give] is one of my all time favorites 'cause of all the elements inside; mixing live music with samples of our live music, live vocals with samples of our vocals, the lyrics and their sentiment, and the fucked-up bass. The music came from a tape of us jamming at Cole Practice Space. Maybe six months later we were listening back to a bunch of tapes and found this stuff. We looped like ten bars of music on Mike's sampler and put them in a song type arrangement. Yauch wrote some lyrics, and me, Adam, Mike and Mark sang them. Mario went in the other room with a cassette of the music and sang the fucked-up high-pitched sound on a four-track, and then looped that. There's no hidden message behind the lyrics; they're pretty direct. To me this song just sounds funky. And I really like that the main instrument making the music is a DX7. As a little footnote, the 'smile' with laughing I found in '89 or so. I was at this predominantly white mall (in L.A. or Texas) and in this crowded camera store there was this thing called 'the Smile Machine' or something like that. I pushed the little button and the batteries were all dead so it came out like the devil making fun of us all in the mall. It just stuck with me like the 'just say no' campaign. With how deep in America racism is, the image of the Smile Machine in the white mall fit nice in this song." - Adam Horovitz, 1999
"...atmospheric but stunted, suggesting something that U2 might have thrown out from the early takes of Achtung Baby" - People, 1992
"...almost gospel" - Boston Herald, 1992
"...where [the Beastie Boys] pick up instruments and create the guitar and keyboard funk sessions that are [Check Your Head's] true vibe" - The Source, 1992
"...moody psychedelia" - Boston Herald, August 1998
Performed in 147 known Concerts.
First known Performance:
17-May-1992 : Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, United States
Last known Performance:
12-Jun-2009 : Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN, United States