That really is more than enough for a whole blog post I think, but we will do a little more. I love the Beastie’s lyrics and I have said before you can get an education just from the cool shit they reference and sample in their songs. Movie and book titles, all sorts of music references…. Panther Tits!
Below are some of my favorite lyrics from Check Your Head:
The tepid breeze tattooed my scrotum,
Eat shit, Tyler.
You know, those aren’t Beastie Boys lyrics, I think that is T.S. Elliot. No matter, what really strikes me on the album is the music. The Beastie Boys, of course, took an obvious turn on this album and became a very solid band. It is a wonderful and eclectic mix of sounds. If you want to better understand how they sculpted their sound and just what a huge variety of styles they emulated I highly suggest the Beastie Book—it just might be my favorite book about music of all time.
Check Your Head opens perfectly with a snippet of Cheap Trick, “This next one is the first song off our new album.” In hindsight it’s surprising that no one has done that before and the track, Jimmy James, is hard to beat:
Are these lyrics off Check Your Head?
Your fingers bother me Jason,
But in such a good way.
I hit rewind on your butthole
Buy my fingers just want to hit play.
Shit! I’m pretty sure those are Toby Keith lyrics.
Lets get real nice with another song from Check Your Head:
I always love that one and think it’s a lot of fun to boot. You can’t go wrong with any song off this album. I just picked it up on vinyl a few days ago at RPM records. One of the best record stores in Columbus, or anywhere for that matter. As I listened to it, I considered putting it on my top ten list of all-time favorite albums but right now occupying the Beastie spot is Ill Communication—but anytime I listen to Hello Nasty or Paul’s Boutique, I think that one is my favorite.
Check your head and Ill Communication are perhaps my favorites for the actual vinyl disc. Just black with a red and green Grand Royal logo, respectively, red pictured above. I love the simplicity and the classic vinyl look, but all that means dick if the music isn’t great. Speaking of that I think I would be remiss if I didn’t include So What’Cha Want—I think everybody loves this song—and video. Here it is now, right in your face!
If for some reason you have never listened to this album, you should go do it right now. If you’re an asshole like me and just didn’t buy it on vinyl, go now and do that—RPM records is where I think you should go. If you haven’t listened to it in a while, or even if you have, I suggest you listen to it now.
If you have it on cassette don’t let Toby Keith hit rewind, play or even fast-forward on your butthole.