Cooky Puss

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For the ice cream cake sold by American ice cream chain Carvel, see Cookie Puss.
"Cooky Puss"
Single by Beastie Boys
Released 1983
Recorded March 1983 at Celebration Recording, New York City
Genre Electro, old-school hip hop, comedy
Length 13:39
Label Rat Cage
Writer(s) Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Kate Schellenbach, Adam Yauch
Producer(s) Beastie Boys, Dug Pomeroy
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"Cooky Puss"
"Rock Hard"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

"Cooky Puss" is the debut single by the Beastie Boys. The song is their first hip hop recording, their first release featuring band member Adam Horovitz and their final release to feature drummer Kate Schellenbach. It was released in 1983 as a 12-inch single on Rat Cage Records. The title, title track, and lyrics are satirical references to the Cookie Puss ice cream treat.

All 4 tracks, along with the entire Polly Wog Stew EP, appear on the compilation album Some Old Bullshit.

The title track samples Steve Martin's "My Real Name", from his 1978 album A Wild and Crazy Guy, as well as The Beastie Boys' own "Beastie Boys" and "Transit Cop" from Polly Wog Stew. It also contains parts of various crank calls from the group to a local Carvel restaurant.

The airline corporation British Airways used a portion of "Beastie Revolution" (without the band's permission) in one of their television ads; the Beastie Boys contacted a lawyer and successfully sued British Airways for $40,000.[2] This money was then used to rent an apartment at 59 Chrystie Street in Chinatown, New York City. This apartment was used not only as a place to live, but also as a place for the group to rehearse and record. While living there, they honed their skills and transitioned from punk rock to hip hop. The apartment was remembered in "59 Chrystie Street", a song on 1989's Paul's Boutique LP.

Track listing[edit]

Side A

  1. "Cooky Puss" – 3:12
  2. "Bonus Batter" – 2:15

Side B

  1. "Beastie Revolution" – 5:00
  2. "Cooky Puss" (censored version) – 3:12


  1. ^ "Cooky Puss – Beastie Boys" at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  2. ^ "The Very First Sampling Lawsuit?!". Sampling Law (Annex). Archived from the original on August 26, 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.