Sure Shot

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"Sure Shot"
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Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Ill Communication
ReleasedJune 2, 1994
FormatVinyl, maxi single, CD, cassette
StudioG-Son Studios, Atwater Village; Tin Pan Alley, New York City
GenreAlternative hip hop, jazz rap
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"
Audio sample
Music video
"Sure Shot" on YouTube

"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.[1]


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

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".

Uses in popular culture[edit]

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.

The song is also used 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.

Track listing[edit]

  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
UK Singles Chart[2] 27
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[3] 48


  1. ^ "Beastie Boys: Sure Shot (1994)". Discogs. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Beastie Boys Album & Song Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  3. ^ "Beastie Boys - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-10.

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