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To All the Girls Click for Lyrics

Written by: Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers
Performed by: Adam Yauch
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers. Recorded at Mario G's, mixed at Record Plant. Engineered by Mario Caldato, assisted by Allen Abrahamson. Originally released on Capitol Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Samples

  • "Loran's Dance" by Idris Muhammad from the album Power of Soul (1976)

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"We had been kicking around the idea for a while of doing some kind of dedication thing, and we were talking about it when we were with the Dust Brothers. And I think Matt Dike said, 'Oh, I got the perfect piece of music' and then he went over and dropped the needle on this ['Loran's Dance' by Idris Muhammad] and we were like 'yeeaahh.'" - Adam Yauch on Paul's Boutique-20th Anniversary Edition audio commentary, 2009

"Matt [Dike] played that record [Idris Muhammad] and it sounded amazing, so we were all like 'That was dope' and just recorded it. Yauch put some dedication over it, then I echoed it out and mixed it." - Mario Caldato

"You can hear him [Matt Dike] pick the needle up and bring it back to the beginning." - Bob Mack

Press

"...it creeps up on you like an alley cat: A quiet organ and snare fade up as a mellow DJ voice dedicates the ensuing set to (who else?) the girls of the world" - Rolling Stone, 1989

"...name-checks most of the people that helped the Beastie's return with such glory" - Melody Maker, August 1989

On the long fade-in: "There were these massive speakers, and everyone at Masterdisk was so proud of this room. And sure enough, the song worked like a charm: The record starts, the engineer could barely hear it, he turns it up, you could still barely hear it - he turns it up more...BOOM! The bass note kicks in, and tiles fall from the ceiling. It was incredible." - Mike Simpson, excerpted from the 33 1/3 Series book Paul's Boutique by Dan LeRoy, 2006

"[To All the Girls] says something about the complexities of Paul's Boutique - or at least, something about its creators' penchant for pranks - that even some of the slightest tracks have back stories worth recounting. One example is [this track], an apparently straightforward creation. Over a moody introduction to jazz drummer Idris Muhammed's 1974 song 'Loran's Dance,' Adam Yauch murmurs a dedication to women all over the world, his simple lyrics buoyed by clouds of electric piano from keyboardist Bob James." - excerpted from the 33 1/3 Series book Paul's Boutique by Dan LeRoy, 2006

 

Released Versions:

To All the Girls
To All the Girls (Instrumental)
To All The Girls (Live)

Live:

Performed in 19 known Concerts.

First known Performance:
13-Feb-1992 : I-Beam Club, The, San Francisco, CA, United States

Last known Performance:
29-May-1995 : Kitsap Fairgrounds, Bremerton, WA, United States

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