Make Out City
By: Beck Hansen, John King, Mike Simpson

Written by: Beck Hansen, John King, Mike Simpson

Version Of: Where It's At

This Version:
 
Lyrics:
Two turntables and a microphone
Two turntables and a microphone
Two turntables and a microphone
Two turntables and a microphone

There's a destination a little up the road
From the habitations and the towns we know
A place we saw the lights turned low
The jigsaw jazz and the jet-fresh flow
Pulling out jives and jamboree handouts
Two turntables and a microphone
Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
And just clap your hands
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone

Pick yourself up off the side of the road
With your elevator bones and your whipflash tones
Members Only, hypnotizers
Move through the room like ambulance drivers
Shine your shoes with your microphone blues
Hirsutes with the parachute fruits
Passin' the dutchie from coast to coast
Like my man Gary Wilson rocks the most
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone

What about those who swing both ways? AC/DCs?

There's a destination a little up the road
From the habitations and the towns we know
A place we saw the lights turned low
The jigsaw jazz and the jet-fresh flow
Pulling out jives and jamboree handouts
Two turntables and a microphone
Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
And just clap your hands
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone
Where it's at, I got two turntables and a microphone
 
The Song:

"Make Out City" is of course a remix of "Where It's At." Mike Simpson, one half of the Dust Brothers, created this version of the song.

This wild remix borrows a big soul/funk party horn section, which at least most of it comes from Freedom's song "Get Up And Dance":



The horn line is pretty famous, and ended up being used a lot in hiphop songs. I think Mike Simpson may have used the Grandmaster Flash version instead of the original though:


 
Live:

Played live 15 times:
Earliest known live version: February 8, 1997
Latest known live version: October 10, 1998

With the addition of the Brass Menagerie on stage near the end of the Odelay tour, the performances of "Where It's At" became 11-minute epic jams. The live arrangement of the song often borrowed heavily from this remix.