"Sure Shot" is a song by American hip hop group Beastie Boys, released as the third single from their fourth album Ill Communication on June 2, 1994, two days after the album's release. The track features a sample from jazz flautist Jeremy Steig's "Howlin' For Judy", which provides the main instrumental part of the song.[1]

"Sure Shot"
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Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Ill Communication
ReleasedJune 2, 1994
StudioG-Son Studios, Atwater Village; Tin Pan Alley, New York City
GenreAlternative hip hop, jazz rap, rap rock, funk
LabelGrand Royal, Capitol
Songwriter(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"
Music video
"Sure Shot" on YouTube


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

It also features 3 new songs, "Mullet Head" (a punk-rock-style song whose title references the much-ridiculed mullet hair-style), "Son of Neckbone" (an instrumental track) and "The Vibes", a more traditional rap song akin to "Sure Shot". "Mullet Head" was also featured on the 1994 EP Pretzel Nugget.

Uses in popular cultureEdit

In the 2010 film Shrek Forever After, the Pied Piper, played by jazz flautist Jeremy Steig whose song "Howlin' For Judy" provides the track’s primary sample, briefly plays the song with his flute. Steig’s father William wrote the children’s book Shrek!, which the film series was based on.

The song also appears in the 2011 film 30 Minutes or Less and in the 2016 video game Forza Horizon 3.

It is also used as the opening theme of Season 2 of the TV series Patriot.

Music videoEdit

Directed by Spike Jonze, the music video for the single features the group, along with DJ Hurricane, singing, skating, and wearing suits while attending a party.

Track listingEdit

  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 Neckbone"
  7. "Sure Shot" (European B-Boy Mix)


Chart (1994) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[2] 15
UK Singles (OCC)[3] 27
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[4] 48


  1. ^ "Beastie Boys: Sure Shot (1994)". Discogs.
  2. ^ "BEASTIE BOYS - SURE SHOT" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2021-07-18.
  3. ^ "Beastie Boys Album & Song Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  4. ^ "Beastie Boys - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-10.