Girls (Beastie Boys song)

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"Girls"
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Licensed to Ill
B-side "She's Crafty"
Released May 6, 1987
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1986
Length 2:14
Label Def Jam, Columbia
Writer(s) Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"No Sleep till Brooklyn"
(1987)
"Girls"
(1987)
"Hey Ladies"
(1989)

"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[edit]

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 experience from two years before with a woman who had an interest in the narrator's band mate MCA. MCA did not share her feelings and permitted the narrator to pursue her romantically. Ad-rock takes the woman for a walk near a body of water and asks for her hand. The woman rejects his proposal. She moves to a far away location but in the present day the narrator sees her back in town showing interest in his other band mate, Mike D.

Covers[edit]

  • Ke$ha's song "Boys" is based on "Girls", using a synthesized version of the song's beat, and the gender of the narrator changed.
  • In 2000 Charly Lownoise and Mental Theo released a happy hardcore cover version.
  • 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. The group accused the company of copyright infringement, and stated that Adam Yauch's last will prevented the use of their music in advertising. In November 2013, GoldieBlox countersued the Beastie Boys and producer Rick Rubin, claiming the use of the song was a parody.[1][2] In March 2014, the Beastie Boys settled out of court, with GoldieBlox issuing a public apology making a donation to a charity of the band's choice.[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
New Zealand Singles Chart 27
UK Singles Chart[4] 34

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