No Sleep till Brooklyn

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"No Sleep till Brooklyn"
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Licensed to Ill
B-side "Posse in Effect"
Released March 1, 1987
Recorded Spring 1986
Genre Rap rock,[1] hard rock[2]
Length 4:09
Label Def Jam/Columbia Records
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"
(1987)
"No Sleep till Brooklyn"
(1987)
"Girls"
(1987)

"No Sleep till Brooklyn" is a song by Beastie Boys as well as the sixth single on their debut studio album Licensed to Ill. The title is a play on the Motorhead song No Sleep 'til Hammersmith [3]

Production and play[edit]

The guitar riffs and solo are played by Kerry King, guitarist for Slayer, who had also released an album produced by Rick Rubin in 1986 (Reign in Blood). The song interprets "T.N.T." by AC/DC (though tuned in a different way).[4] The video, directed by Ric Menello, is a parody of glam metal.

Later in their career, Beastie Boys continued to perform the song live, although with altered lyrics to reflect their more mature attitude towards women. "M.C.A.'s in the back because he's skeezin' with a whore," is changed to "M.C.A.'s in the back with the mahjong board",[5] and also from "Autographed pictures and classy hoes" to "Autographed pictures to nobody knows."[5]

The song features one of many homages to New York City's boroughs, and has been described as "joyful ranting."[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "No Sleep till Brooklyn" was co-directed by Ric Menello and Adam Dubin.[7][8] Menello and Dubin also directed the video for the Beastie Boys' preceding single, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)".[7][8] Kerry King, who plays guitar on this track, also appears in the video.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song is featured on the soundtrack of the Steven Seagal film Out for Justice.
  • The Canadian teen drama Instant Star named its second season premiere two-part episode after this song. The show is known for naming each of its episodes after a hit song.
  • Comedian Christopher Titus sarcastically referenced the song in his 2001 comedy special Norman Rockwell is Bleeding when describing an event from his youth in which he was on drugs and Licensed to Ill was playing "at a soothing billion-and-five decibels". He said of it, "Imagine that. A bunch of California white guys singing (in a mocking voice) 'No Sleep 'til Brooklyn'! Yeah, we rock."
  • The song is a playable track in the 2008 music video game Guitar Hero World Tour as the opening song for the bass career. and was released as downloadable content into the Rock Band series on August 2, 2011.
  • Rapper Tone Lōc sampled the riff for his song "Ace Is on the House", which was featured in the end credits and soundtrack of the 1994 film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
  • The song was used as part of the opening sequence for the 2010 movie Cop Out.
  • The song has been used in commercials to promote the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, which was held in Brooklyn.

Covers and parodies[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 28
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 22
Netherlands (GfK Dutch Chart)[13] 23
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 46
Irish Singles Chart[15] 17
UK (Official Charts Company)[16] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Grierson. "Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Died". About.com. Retrieved 2 July 2013.  "As a member of Beastie Boys, Yauch (who recorded under the name MCA) helped pioneer rap-rock with (...) classic tracks like "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn,""
  2. ^ Ken Tucker. "Rough-rapping Beastie Boys Cut A Path From Cult To Chart". Philly.com. Retrieved 2 July 2013.  "The Beastie Boys also pepper their music with bits of heavy metal and hard rock - the squalling guitar solo on "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," for example, is provided by Kerry King"
  3. ^ Craig Rosen. "Motorhead Between Rock 'N' Hard Place". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  4. ^ BeastieMania.com - Song Spotlight
  5. ^ a b Beastie Boys - No Sleep Til Brooklyn (8-9-07 - Brooklyn, NY) on YouTube
  6. ^ No sleep'til Brooklyn. M Forman - American Quarterly, 2002 - muse.jhu.edu
  7. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (2013-03-04). "Beastie Boys Video Director Ric Menello Dead At 60". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  8. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (2013-03-05). "Ric Menello, Beastie Boys Video Director, Dies at 60". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  9. ^ Osdorp Posse - Geen Slaap Tot Osdorp
  10. ^ Consequence of Sound Presents…Best Fest Covers
  11. ^ "No sleep till Brooklyn in Belgian Chart". Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "No sleep till Brooklyn Dutch Top 40 Chart". Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "No sleep till Brooklyn in GfK Dutch Chart". Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Beastie Boys / Single". Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  15. ^ "No sleep till Brooklyn in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 2 June 2013.  Only one result when searching "No sleep till Brooklyn"
  16. ^ "1987 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 13th June 1987". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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