Girls (Beastie Boys song)
|Single by Beastie Boys|
|from the album Licensed to Ill|
|Released||May 6, 1987|
|Label||Def Jam, Columbia|
|Writer(s)||Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin|
|Beastie Boys singles chronology|
"Girls" is a song by American hip hop group the Beastie Boys, released in 1987 as well as the music video as the seventh and final single from their debut album Licensed to Ill. Like "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)", this song was never performed live and it is one of the few songs on the album that are not in the vein of their standard rap songs.
Song structure and lyrics
The song is the shortest on the album, lasting just over 2 minutes long. The song's instrumental is relatively simple, consisting of a drum beat being played over a vibraphone loop, with occasional pauses. The song contains many similarities to the song "Shout" by The Isley Brothers.
Lyrically, the song talks about the narrator (Ad-Rock)'s desire for women. He recalls a previous experience with a woman, who loves his "homepiece" MCA, who refuses to "give her play". He asks him if he can spend time with her, and after being given approval, they take a walk down to a bay, where she rejects his proposal to date her. She eventually moves away, but in the present day the narrator sees her again, "jocking Mike D to [Ad-Rock's] dismay".
- Ke$ha made a female version "Boys" using an electronic form of the same beat.
- In 2000 Charly Lownoise and Mental Theo released a happy hardcore cover versions.
- In 2005 Molotov released a cover version of "Girls" on their album Con Todo Respeto.
- In 2013 GoldieBlox used the song with alternative lyrics in a video of a Rube Goldberg machine made primarily out of traditional girls toys. In November 2013, GoldieBlox defensively sued the Beastie Boys and producer Rick Rubin, claiming the use of the song was a parody.
March 2014, Beastie Boys Settle Lawsuit Over 'Girls' Toy Commercial, Toy company GoldieBlox will issue public apology and payment to Beastie Boys-selected charity.
|New Zealand Singles Chart||27|
|UK Singles Chart||34|
- McGovern, Kyle (2013-11-22). "Toy Company Sues Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin Over 'Girls' Parody Commercial". spin.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
- Gardner, Eriq (2013-11-22). "Beastie Boys, 'Girls' Viral Video in Copyright Infringement Fight". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
- "Chart Stats - Beastie Boys". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
- GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg, & Beastie Boys "Princess Machine" (a concert for little girls) on YouTube
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