Top Ten Songs that Were Sampled on the Album Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys

Paul's Boutique is famous for using a tremendous wealth of samples (105, to be exact), which were put together by producers The Dust Brothers. The drum grooves themselves were mainly derived from mid to late 60s and 70s R&B and funk, but The Dust Brothers threw in a variety of samples from other sources as well; some of which were used for effect, and some of which were used for humor. I decided to start with ten songs from different tracks that represented some of the elements of what they were sampling. Please feel free to add more items to the list; at any rate, I will make sure that the list grows beyond ten items.

The Top Ten

1 6 O'Clock DJ (Let's Rock) - Rose Royce 6 O'Clock DJ (Let's Rock) - Rose Royce Cover Art

This is the synthesizer noise you hear in the breakdown of "Shake Your Rump" - it samples two other songs from the Car Wash soundtrack.

2 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - The Beatles Cover Art

From "The Sounds of Science", which is notable for sampling FIVE Beatles songs, including this one, "When I'm Sixty Four", "Back in the USSR", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", and "The End". I've heard this particular Beatles song many times, and it never occurred to me that the drum intro would make the basis of a rap song - but the Dust Brothers did. They saw a possibility, and they took it, despite the risk.

3 Those Shoes - Eagles Those Shoes - Eagles Cover Art

This song forms the basis of "High Plains Drifter". The Eagles are another one of those bands that you would never be able to sample nowadays.

4 Funky Drummer (Pt. 1 & 2) - James Brown Funky Drummer (Pt. 1 & 2) - James Brown Cover Art

This song forms the main drumbeat for "Shadrach". "Funky Drummer" is notorious for being sampled by almost everybody, and this album is no exception.

5 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash Cover Art

From "Hello Brooklyn" in "B-Boy Bouilabaisse. MCA raps, "I shot a man in Brooklyn" and Johnny Cash responds with "just to watch him die". It's totally out of place, and it's hilarious.

6 The Murder - Bernard Hermann The Murder - Bernard Hermann Cover Art

Another example of the group's sense of humor. This piece is known as the music that plays in the shower murder scene from the movie Psycho. The Dust Brothers sampled this in "Egg Man", which is a song about how the Beasties spent their free time egging people. Putting this piece in a song about throwing eggs makes the horror seem silly and ridiculous.

7 Military Cut - DJ Grand Wizard Theodore Military Cut - DJ Grand Wizard Theodore Cover Art

The Dust Brothers used the "Scratch Mix" of this song for the choruses of the song "Johnny Ryall". The Dust Brothers would later use it again in "Where It's At" by Beck, which is also famous for its eclectic use of samples.

8 Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan Cover Art

From "Car Thief". As Ad-Rock says, "I'm a busted old gummy hurdy gurdy man", the drum fill from this song plays. A good example of the song matching the lyrics.

9 Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

A short snippet of John Bonham's intro drum fill is used sporadically as a fill throughout "What Comes Around".

10 Time - Pink Floyd Time - Pink Floyd Cover Art

A brief snippet of the introduction can be heard throughout "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun". It's not as obvious as the other ones, but it's definitely there.

The Contenders

11 Suzy is a Headbanger - The Ramones Suzy is a Headbanger - The Ramones Cover Art

The last line in the song “High Plains Drifter” is “Suzy is a Headbanger” which is said by using a sample of The Ramones song.

I love that sample. The way they did it, it's almost as if the car the narrator steals at the end of the song had a copy of Leave Home in the casette player, and that was the song that played when he started the car. Really well done.

12 The Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet The Ballroom Blitz - The Sweet Cover Art

In "Hey Ladies", the phrase "She thinks she's the passionate one" appears after Ad-Rock says "Walking high and mighty like she's number one".

13 The New Style - Beastie Boys

One band that the Beasties were never opposed to sampling was themselves. The intro to "The New Style" ("And on the cool check-in, center stage on the mic, and we're putting it on wax...") appears at the very end of "Johnny Ryall", rearranged to say "Check the cool wax".

14 Mississippi Queen - Mountain Mississippi Queen - Mountain Cover Art

The song's brief drum fill appears in the middle of "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun".

15 Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix Cover Art

The backwards drums and guitar scratches were sampled on "59 Chrystie Street", the opening section of "B-Boy Bouilabaisse".

16 You're Gonna Get Yours - Public Enemy You're Gonna Get Yours - Public Enemy Cover Art

The phrase "You're gonna get yours" appears in the middle of "Egg Man".

17 That Lady, Pts. 1 & 2 - The Isley Brothers

The intro forms the basis of the "A Year and A Day" section of "B-Boy Boubilliase".

18 My Philosophy - Boogie Down Productions My Philosophy - Boogie Down Productions Cover Art

Sampled twice: once in "The Sounds of Science", and again in "B-Boy Bouilabaisse".

19 Dance to the Music - Sly & the Family Stone Dance to the Music - Sly & the Family Stone Cover Art

The intro is sampled in the breakdown of "Egg Man".

20 One of These Days - Pink Floyd One of These Days - Pink Floyd Cover Art

A brief snippet of the wind noise from the beginning of this song appears at the beginning of "Johnny Ryall".

21 Your Mama Don't Dance - Loggins & Messina Your Mama Don't Dance - Loggins & Messina Cover Art

The phrase "Out of the car, longhair!" appears in the middle of "High Plains Drifter":
"'Out of the car, longhair!' Your goose is cooked."

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