Hello Nasty

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Hello Nasty
Studio album by Beastie Boys
Released July 14, 1998 (1998-07-14)
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre Alternative hip hop, rap rock
Length 67:28
Label Capitol
Producer Beastie Boys, Mario Caldato, Jr.
Beastie Boys chronology
Ill Communication
(1994)
Hello Nasty
(1998)
To the 5 Boroughs
(2004)
Singles from Hello Nasty
  1. "Intergalactic"
    Released: May 12, 1998
  2. "Body Movin'"
    Released: November 5, 1998
  3. "The Negotiation Limerick File"
    Released: December 8, 1998
  4. "Remote Control / Three MC's and One DJ"
    Released: January 23, 1999

Hello Nasty is the fifth studio album by the Beastie Boys. It was released on July 14, 1998 via Capitol Records and sold 681,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart. The album took home two awards at the 1999 Grammys, in the categories of Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Intergalactic".

Background[edit]

Hello Nasty was released on July 14, 1998—four years after the band's previous album, Ill Communication—and marked the addition of DMC champion Mix Master Mike to the group's line-up.[1] "Song for Junior" features Miho Hatori on vocals, and "Dr. Lee, PhD" guest stars dub musician Lee Scratch Perry on both vocals and percussion.[2] Hello Nasty also marked Eric Bobo's last appearance as percussionist in the band, as well as the last time the Beastie Boys worked with a co-producer.[2]

The title for the album was allegedly inspired by the receptionist of their NY based publicity firm Nasty Little Man who would answer the phone with the greeting "Hello Nasty".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
The New York Times Mixed[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.5/10 [8]
Pitchfork Media 7.0/10 - Deluxe Edition[9]
PopMatters 7/10[10]
Robert Christgau A[11]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Select 5/5 stars[12]

Hello Nasty received mostly positive reviews upon release. Caroline Sullivan writing for The Guardian awarded the album "Pop CD Of The Week" claiming that it "fills a gap created by the current profusion of serious rock bands like Radiohead; elbowing its way up front, [and letting] rip with adolescent vigour."[6] She went on to summarize the record as "the perfect party soundtrack by the perfect party band."[6] Although Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine felt that the album's ending was "a little anticlimactic", he also saw Hello Nasty as a progressive step forward from the group's 1992 LP Check Your Head, and praised the input of the group's new recruit, Mixmaster Mike; "Hiring DJ Mixmaster Mike turned out to be a masterstroke; he and the Beasties created a sound that strongly recalls the spare electronic funk of the early '80s, but spiked with the samples and post-modern absurdist wit that have become their trademarks."[1] In his B+ rated review for Entertainment Weekly, David Browne highlighted the album's multi-genre sound, along with the group's use of a wide range of musical styles, as its most engaging aspect;[5]

Hello Nasty is a sonic smorgasbord in which the Beasties gorge themselves with reckless abandon. They dabble in lounge-pop kitsch (the loser put-down Song for the Man), make like a summit of Santana and Traffic (the Latin-flavored "Song for Junior"), and subtly incorporate a drum-and-bass shuffle into the mix ("Flowin' Prose"). The melange makes for a looser, more free-spirited record than their earlier albums; the music invites you in, rather than threatening to shut you out.[5]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Les Inrockuptibles France Best 50 Albums of the Year[13] 1998 44
Melody Maker United Kingdom Best 50 Albums of the Year[14] 1998 2
Mixmag United Kingdom Best 10 Albums of the Year[15] 1998 5
Musikexpress Germany Best 50 Albums of the Year[16] 1998 22
Muzik United Kingdom Best 75 Albums of the Year[17] 1998 2
NME United Kingdom Best 50 Albums of the Year[18] 1998 2
Q United Kingdom Best Albums of the Year[19] 1998 *
Rocksound France Best 50 Albums of the Year[20] 1998 17
Rolling Stone United States Best 5 Albums of the Year[21]
The Essential Recordings of the 90s[22]
1998
2
*
Select United Kingdom Best 30 Albums of the Year[23] 1998 13
SPIN United States Best 20 Albums of the Year[24] 1998 10
Technikart France Best 10 Albums of the Year[25] 1998 2
The Face United Kingdom Best 20 Albums of the Year[26] 1998 11
The Village Voice United States Albums of the Year Poll[27] 1998 9
Uncut United Kingdom Best 40 Albums of the Year[28] 1998 12

* denotes an unranked list.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Super Disco Breakin'"   2:07
2. "The Move"   3:35
3. "Remote Control"   2:58
4. "Song for the Man" (with Brooke Williams) 3:13
5. "Just a Test"   2:12
6. "Body Movin'"   3:03
7. "Intergalactic"   3:51
8. "Sneakin' Out the Hospital"   2:45
9. "Putting Shame in Your Game"   3:37
10. "Flowin' Prose"   2:39
11. "And Me"   2:52
12. "Three MC's and One DJ"   2:50
13. "The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Movin')"   3:01
14. "Song for Junior"   3:49
15. "I Don't Know" (with Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto) 3:00
16. "The Negotiation Limerick File"   2:46
17. "Electrify"   2:22
18. "Picture This" (with Brooke Williams) 2:25
19. "Unite"   3:31
20. "Dedication"   2:32
21. "Dr. Lee, PhD" (with Lee "Scratch" Perry) 4:50
22. "Instant Death"   3:22
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Length
23. "Slow and Low" (Mix Master Mike Version)  
Tour Edition bonus disc
No. Title Length
1. "Hail Sagan (Special K (rapper)"   4:06
2. "Body Movin'" (Fatboy Slim Remix) 5:34
3. "Intergalactic" (Prisoners of Technology Remix) 5:46
4. "Peanut Butter & Jelly"   2:16
2009 Remastered Edition Bonus Disc
No. Title Length
1. "Description of a Strange Man"    
2. "Dirty Dog"    
3. "Intergalactic" (Colleone & Webb Remix)  
4. "Dr. Lee, PhD" (Dub Mix)  
5. "Switched On"    
6. "Body Movin'" (Fatboy Slim Remix)  
7. "Auntie Jackie Poom Poom Delicious"    
8. "Putting Shame in Your Game" (Prunes Remix)  
9. "Stink Bug"    
10. "Peanut Butter & Jelly"    
11. "Piano Jam"    
12. "Happy to Be in That Perfect Headspace"    
13. "The Negotiation Limerick File" (The 41 Small Star Remix)  
14. "The Drone"    
15. "20 Questions Version"    
16. "The Biz Grasshopper Experiment"    
17. "Hail Sagan (Special K)"    
18. "Body Movin'" (KutMasta Kurt Remix)  
19. "Creepin'"    
20. "Learning Remote Control"    
21. "Oh My Goodness This Record's Incredible"    

Personnel[edit]

According to Allmusic:[29]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[54] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[55] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[56] 3× Platinum 300,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[57] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[58] Gold 25,000*
Sweden (GLF)[59] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[60] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[61] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[62] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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