Three years elapsed between the release of the band's second album, Paul's Boutique and their recording of this album, which occurred at the G-Son Studios in Atwater Village, California in 1991. The album features the popular hits "So Whatcha Want" and "Pass the Mic"; the music videos for both songs are available on the Criterion Collection Beastie Boys Video Anthology DVD set.
There's been some debate about the Dutch band Urban Dance Squad, who had toured America with Living Colour in early 1991, influencing the Beastie Boys to play live instruments again; as the Beastie's earlier hardcore style bears little resemblance to the style they play on Check Your Head. The Urban Dance Squad album, Life 'n Perspectives of a Genuine Crossover, was recorded at ICP, Brussels, in the spring of 1991 and released in the autumn; while the Beastie Boys recorded Check Your Head throughout 1991 and released it in spring 1992. This is of interest because the "Life 'N' Perspectives" interludes on the UDS album sample the same Jimi Hendrix song ("Happy Birthday") and overlay near identical live drums as the Beastie Boys would later use on the song "Jimmy James" from Check Your Head.
The Beastie Boys toured with the Rollins Band in the fall of 1992 to support Check Your Head.
Spin (9/99, p.124) - Ranked #12 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Spin (12/92, p.67) - Ranked #4 in Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of The Year'.
Alternative Press (7/95, p.81) - Ranked #23 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95'.
Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #5 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
But one big oaf who's faker than plastic
A dictionary definition of the word spastic
You should have never started something
That you couldn't finish
'Cause writin' rhymes to me
Is like Popeye to spinach
The following lists some songs and sounds sampled for Check Your Head.
Pass The Mic
Finger Lickin' Good
So What'cha Want
The Biz vs. The Nuge
The Blue Nun
Live At P.J.'s
Mark On The Bus
|1992||The Billboard 200||10|
|1992||Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||37|
|1992||So What'cha Want||The Billboard Hot 100||93|
|1992||So What'cha Want||Hot Dance Music/Max-Singles Sales||26|
|1992||So What'cha Want||Hot Rap Singles||18|
|1992||So What'cha Want||Modern Rock Tracks||22|
|1992||Pass The Mic||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||38|