Sure Shot

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This article is about the Beastie Boys song. For other uses, see Sureshot (disambiguation).
"Sure Shot"
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Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Ill Communication
Released June 2, 1994
Format Vinyl, maxi single, CD, cassette
Recorded 1994 at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village; Tin Pan Alley, New York City
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 3:20
Label Grand Royal, Capitol Records
Writer(s) Beastie Boys, DJ Hurricane, Mario Caldato, Jr., Jeremy Steig
Producer(s) Beastie Boys, Mario Caldato, Jr.
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"Get It Together"
"Sure Shot"
"Root Down"
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"Sure Shot" on YouTube

"Sure Shot" is a song by American hip hop group Beastie Boys, released as the third single from their 1994 album Ill Communication. The single was released a few days after the release of the album, on May 31, 1994. The track features a sample from jazz flautist Jeremy Steig's "Howlin' For Judy", which provides the main instrumental part of the song.[1]


The CD and cassette maxi single (with a total of 7 tracks) features three remixes of the title track, one by Large Professor, one by Mike Nardone and Dred Scott, and a third by the Prunes.

It also features 3 new songs, "Mullet Head" (a punk rock style song; the title is a reference to the much-ridiculed mullet hair-style), "Son of Neck Bone" (an instrumental track) and "The Vibes", a more traditional rap song in the manner of "Sure Shot".

Uses in popular culture[edit]

In the 2010 film Shrek Forever After, the Pied Piper briefly plays the song with his flute

Track listing[edit]

  1. Sure Shot (LP Version)
  2. Sure Shot (Large Professor Remix)
  3. Mullet Head
  4. The Vibes
  5. Sure Shot (Nardone Mix)
  6. Son Of Neck Bone
  7. Sure Shot (European B-Boy Mix)


Chart (1994) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 27
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[3] 48


  1. ^ "Beastie Boys: Sure Shot (1994)". Discogs. 
  2. ^ "Beastie Boys Album & Song Chart History". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Beastie Boys - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 

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