Saturday Songwriting: Beastie Boys, Sabotage

I admit it. I felt a bit lazy about last week without sending along a sheet to go with the song. But there were only two chords in the song! How much can one explain about two chords?  Apparently, that was a set up because this weeks song is comprised of a whopping total of one chords.   

This week we arrive at #480 on Rolling Stones list of Greatest songs, Beastie Boys’ song “Sabotage.” It’s the final song they put together for their Album “Ill communication.” They had the instrumental part kicking around for a while, but no lyrics or words to go with it.  

The story goes that their producer and long time collaborator, Mario Caldato Jr, was constantly pushing them to get a move on and finish their work. By the end of an album’s worth of work dealing with this Adam Horovitz got the devil in him.  He decided it would be funny to scream about how Mario was trying to Sabotage them by not letting them work through their creative process while Mario was standing ten feet away tracking the recording. So like the Beasties say in another shout out on the track, Root Down; “That’s a record ‘cause of Mario.” 

The Prompt:

Here’s a link to Gianluca ‘Tenia’ Gambino’s Art. Find out more about Gianluca’s work here.

The Musical Idea:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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