Click for Lyrics First Appearance: Slow And Low 7" 1985 Written by: Joseph Simmons/Darryl McDaniels/Rick Rubin Performed by: Beastie Boys Production Notes: Produced by Rick Rubin, co-created by Beastie Boys. Engineered by Steve Ett, mastered by Howie Weinberg. Originally released under Def Jam Recordings, a division of CBS/Columbia Records.
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Behind the Beats and also Lyrics...

References

The Gong Show - a musical variety/game tv show (1976-1980) Cheech and also Chong - 70"s comedic duo of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong PCP - hallucinogenic drug via anesthetic properties, also known as "angel dust"LSD - potent artificial hallucinogenic drug COD - postal business acronym for "cash on delivery"

Sample & Reference Breakdown

"What you check out is what you get/And you ain"t seen nopoint yet" - lyrics are similar to those in "8th Wonder" by The Sugarhill Gang "First of all, get off the wall/It"s time to party so have a ball" - lyrics are reminiscent of those in "U Kcurrently What Time It Is" by Grandgrasp Flash & The Furious Five ("Just gain off the wall, let"s have actually a ball/The 70"s are gone, it"s the 80"s y"all")

Commentary:

Beastie Boys

"...I still think to day is just one of our hypest cuts. That one was the initially time we"d collaborated through Run-DMC too" -Mike Diamond, July 1994

"That beat ? That was Rick"s beat." - Mike Diamond, 1995

"I remember being in the studio while were recording vocals for among their songs, and also being dumbstarted by how significant they were. Anymethod, as soon as they finiburned the document and also sequenced it they decided to leave off one of our favorite songs. It was called "Slow and Low." Later as we were working on Licensed to Ill, we asked them if we might do a cover of it. We made brand-new music however preserved a lot of of their lyrics. In truth the just lines we changed were "D sees genuine well "reason he has 4 eyes" to "White Castle fries just come in one dimension," and "Run-DMC not Cheech and Chong" to "Beastie Boys not Cheech and Chong"" - Adam Yauch, 1999

Press

"...a dazzling complicated interplay between the three voices, with MCA, Mike D and Adrock taking portions of lines for themselves, hollering in unichild on rhyming words, taking the listener off at mad tangents and also primarily coming across prefer a cross between Kiss and also the Fantastic Five. Content-wise, the track is a glorious mixture of heavy-handed self parody, inverted rap cliches and also tales of adolescent beer-guzzling." - excerpted from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998

"Swinging simply choose the title claims it will certainly, the track pitches a sonic boom of a programmed bassline right into a sporadic melee of sounds including that many quintvital b-boy staple, cowbells, and a sample of a motor car accelerating ameans into the distance. A stabbing guitar powerchord is dropped into the mix preceded by a pair of scratch-prefer sounds, emphasizing the track"s hip-hop style at the same time as it presents itself as rock-flavored and more conveniently available." - excerpted from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998

"We videotaped "Slow and Low," we was gonna put it on our album. But favored it so much that they wanted to carry out it. Rick was pressuring us, "Yo, you gotta let my men have it." They put their names in there, their favorite stuff - prefer wright here we would certainly say, "We prefer McDonald"s," they put in "We choose White Castle."" - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, excerpted from The Skills to Pay the Bills by Alan Light, 2005

"Run-DMC offered the Beasties the lyrics for "Slow and also Low," not the track.


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We did the musical track the exact same way as the remainder of the album." - Rick Rubin, excerpted from The Skills to Pay the Bills by Alan Light, 2005

Released Versions:

Slow and also LowSlow and Low (Demo)Slow And Low (Live)Slow and Low (Mix Master Mike Version)

Live:

Perdeveloped in 121 recognized Concerts. First recognized Performance: 23-May-1986 : Starz Night Club, Virginia Beach, VA, USA Last recognized Performance: 04-Nov-2006 : Expocenter Espacio Riesco, Santiago, Chile
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