Check Your Head
|Check Your Head|
|Studio album by The Beastie Boys|
|Released||April 21, 1992|
|Recorded||G-son Studios Atwater Village California, 1991-92|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop, rap rock, hardcore punk, rapcore, jazz-funk|
|Producer||Mario Caldato, Jr.|
|The Beastie Boys chronology|
Three years elapsed between the release of Paul's Boutique (the band's second album) and their recording of this album. Check Your Head was recorded at the G-Son Studios in Atwater Village, California in 1991. The album was re-released in 2009 in a number of formats and featured 16 b-sides and rarities as well as a commentary track. The album is extensively broken down track-by-track by Mike D, MCA, Ad-Rock, Mario Caldato Jr., and Money Mark in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.
In contrast to their previous album, Paul's Boutique, the Beastie Boys returned somewhat stylistically to their punk rock roots on Check Your Head, playing their own instruments for the first time on record since their early EPs (although they did provide live instrumentation on at least two songs on Paul's Boutique). Hence photographer Glen E. Friedman's idea to shoot photos with their instrument cases (one of which became the cover). Supposedly, a trading card with Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. from a set of Desert Storm trading cards was the inspiration for the title.
The album was their first to be fully co-produced by Mario Caldato Jr. Caldato was an engineer on Paul's Boutique and was credited as producer on that album's track "Ask for Janice". The album also marks the first appearance of longtime collaborator keyboardist Money Mark.
|Drowned in Sound||8/10|
|Entertainment Weekly (1992)||D|
|Entertainment Weekly (2009)||A|
|Rolling Stone (1992)|||
|Rolling Stone (2008)|||
Rolling Stone - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "…their most unconventional outing to date… Beneath the seeming chaos, the Beastie Boys have created a harmonious playground out of their musical fantasies."
Track listing 
- Marcel Hall - Vocals on "The Biz Vs. The Nuge"
- James Bradley, Jr. – Percussion
- Drew Lawrence – Percussion
- Money Mark – Organ, synthesizer, keyboards, clavinet, wurlitzer
- Art Oliva – Percussion
- Juanito Vazquez – Percussion, conga, cuica
Technical personnel 
- Tom Baker – Mastering
- Beastie Boys – Producer
- Mario Caldato, Jr. – Producer, engineer
- Glen E. Friedman – Photography
Partial list of samples 
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The following lists some songs and sounds sampled for Check Your Head.
- "Rockin' It" by Fearless Four
- "Fresh Is the Word" by Mantronix
- "Beat Bop" by Rammelzee vs. K Rob
- "Surrender" by Cheap Trick (Live version from Cheap Trick at Budokan)
- "I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're the Royal Macadamia Nuts)" by The Turtles
- "3rd Stone from the Sun", "Foxy Lady", "Happy Birthday", and "Still Raining, Still Dreaming" by Jimi Hendrix
- "Funky Worm" by Ohio Players
- "Under Mi Sensi" by Barrington Levy
- "Anywhere But Nowhere" by K.C. White
- "Acid" and "Bicentennial Nigger" by Richard Pryor
- "Duppy Conqueror" by Bob Marley & the Wailers
"Pass the Mic"
- "Choir" by James Newton
- "The Black Prince Has Arrived" by Jimmie Walker
- "Big Take Over" by Bad Brains
- "So Wat Cha Sayin'" by EPMD
- "Big Sur Suite" by Johnny "Hammond" Smith
- "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" by Johnny Jenkins
- "I Wanna Know If It's Good to You" by Funkadelic
- "Fatal Impact" by Dead Can Dance
"Finger Lickin' Good"
- "Aquarius" by The 5th Dimension
- "Breakout" by Johnny "Hammond" Smith
- "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" by Bob Dylan
- "Dance to the Music" by Sly & the Family Stone
- "Freaks for the Festival" by Rahsaan Roland Kirk
"So What'cha Want"
- "When The Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin
- "Just Rhymin' With Biz" by Big Daddy Kane featuring Biz Markie
- "I've Been Watching You" by Southside Movement
"The Biz vs. The Nuge"
- "Homebound" by Ted Nugent
"The Blue Nun"
- "On Wine: How To Select and Serve" by Peter M. F. Sichel and Sondra Bianca
- "Hector" by The Village Callers
"Live at P.J.'s"
- "Change Le Beat" by Fab Five Freddy featuring Beeside
"Mark on the Bus"
- Dialogue from the film Wild Style
- "Mr. Roberts #1" from National Lampoon's That's Not Funny, That's Sick! (1977)
- Dialogue from a bootleg recording of pioneering black metal band Venom's 1986 performance at City gardens, New Jersey
- Dialogue from Wild Style
- "Give It Up" by Kool & the Gang
- "Loose Booty" by Funkadelic
- "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Babe" by Jimmy Smith
Chart positions 
|1992||The Billboard 200||10|
|1992||Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||37|
|1992||So What'cha Want||The Billboard Hot 100||93|
|1992||So What'cha Want||Hot Dance Music/Max-Singles Sales||26|
|1992||So What'cha Want||Hot Rap Singles||18|
|1992||So What'cha Want||Modern Rock Tracks||22|
|1992||Pass The Mic||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||38|
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