Album: Paul’s Boutique, 1989
Justification: Yes, it’s been a while. Look, I’ve been busy.
One of the reasons I’ve been so busy was what reminded me of this song, actually: it was the Time Out Sydney Bar Awards last Sunday and I was roped into DJing for the entire freakin’ day. Which was amazingly fun, since it meant I could basically play whatever I liked since it was just good choons in the background rather than keeping people on the dancefloor (‘No Parachute’ by April March went down a freakin’ treat, though, as did the mighty ‘Mary Joanna’ by the Stairs, of course, because it’s A PERFECT SONG).
This, however, was the track where people started dancing, and that’s because it’s unstoppable. And keep in mind that this came a few scant years after the Beastie Boys released the jock-rap bollocks of Ill Communication: the jump between albums one and two is downright extraordinary. It helps that they had the Dust Brothers on board, who were one of the first production teams to realise the creative possibilities of sampling (which others were also doing of course, such as Pop Will Eat Itself), building layered tracks over which the Beasties could drop bratty rhymes. And they get extra points for the use of the “she thinks SHE’S the passionate one!” sample from the Sweet’s ‘Ballroom Blitz’ – which remained the most unexpected sample I’d ever heard until Kanye dropped some King Crimson in ‘Power’. That floored me.
But this, friends, is an amazing song – and is never the wrong thing to play if you want to get the place moving. MCA, you’re missed.
Amazingly sweet video too.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010: The second coming of Suede was starting to pall with ‘Trash’.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010: The last truly magnificent Pixies single: the underrated and genius ‘Alex Eiffel’.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…
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