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What Comes Around Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP, July 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers
Performed by: Beastie Boys
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

  • "Put on Train" by Gene Harris from the album The Three Sounds (1971)
  • "Moby Dick" by Led Zeppelin from the album Led Zeppelin II (1969)
  • "It's Hot Tonight" by Alice Cooper from the album Lace and Whiskey (1977)

References

  • Skinhead - a person who affects a hairless head as a symbol of rebellion, racism, or anarchy
  • Geraldo Rivera (1943- ) - an American talk show host/reporter
  • Dolemite - a 1974 Blaxploitation film
  • G-Spot - nickname of the Hollywood Hills house rented by the Beastie Boys during the recording of Paul's Boutique, owned by Alex and Marilyn Grasshoff
  • Phil Rizzuto (1918-2007) - former Yankee shortstop and pitchman for TV's "The Money Store"
  • Doris the Finkasaurus - a cartoon dinosaur appearing on the Flintstones
  • Press-On Lee Nails - fingernail extensions
  • Rapunzel - a fairytale character with long hair
  • Funky Pam - Pam Turbov, a friend of the Beastie Boys

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • Guitar sample is from "It's Hot Tonight" by Alice Cooper
  • "Insecure born in the junkyard with the junk" - lyric is similar to the line "you insecure born junkyard motherfucker" from the 1974 film Dolemite
  • "Why you wanna beat that brat with a bat" - refers to lyrics in "Beat on the Brat" by the Ramones ("beat on the brat with a baseball bat")
  • "One man's ceiling is another man's floor" - refers to the title of a Paul Simon song
  • "You're all mixed up like pasta primavera/Yo, why'd you throw that chair at Geraldo Rivera, man?" - refers to a televised incident in 1988 when television journalist/talk show host Geraldo Rivera was struck in the face with a flying chair and had his nose broken by a disgruntled skinhead when a brawl erupted on his show "Geraldo"
  • Drum fill - a sample from "Moby Dick" by Led Zeppelin
  • Backing track of drums, bass, guitar, and piano - a sample from "Put on Train" by Gene Harris
  • "Funky Pam" fade-out - Pam Turbov explained: "I just walked into the studio one day, and they start freestyling and saying 'Funky Pam', and it ends up on the record. Pretty cool."

Commentary:

Press

"They achieve supreme poetic genuis with rhymes like, 'You're all mixed up like pasta primavera/Why'd you throw that chair at Geraldo Rivera'" - Melody Maker, August 1989

"...infectious - [What Comes Around] winds up with a wild Beastie version of scat humming" - Rolling Stone, 1989

 

Released Versions:

What Comes Around
What Comes Around (Instrumental)

Live:

No Known Performances in Concert.

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