"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.
|Single by Beastie Boys|
|from the album Ill Communication|
|Released||June 2, 1994|
|Studio||G-Son Studios, Atwater Village; Tin Pan Alley, New York City|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop, jazz rap, rap rock, funk|
|Label||Grand Royal, Capitol|
|Songwriter(s)||Beastie Boys, DJ Hurricane, Mario Caldato Jr., Jeremy Steig|
|Producer(s)||Beastie Boys, Mario Caldato Jr.|
|Beastie Boys singles chronology|
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 Neckbone" (an instrumental track) and "The Vibes", a more traditional rap song in the manner of "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" is the source of the track’s primary sample, briefly plays the song with his flute. Steig’s father William Steig wrote the children’s book Shrek!, which was the basis for the film series.
It is also used as the opening theme of Season 2 of the TV series Patriot.
- "Sure Shot" (LP Version)
- "Sure Shot" (Large Professor Remix)
- "Mullet Head"
- "The Vibes"
- "Sure Shot" (Nardone Mix)
- "Son Of Neckbone"
- "Sure Shot" (European B-Boy Mix)
|Netherlands (Dutch Single Tip)||15|
|UK Singles (OCC)||27|
|US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||48|
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