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Although i mentioned beck in a thread a while back and someone slated him, can't remember who though.
Modern Guilt is brilliant.
The stuff that doesn't sound like Beck.
The albums? Nah. Boring as. Odelay is one of only about three albums that I've ever got rid off once I've bought them.
And to be honest, I say 'the singles, sure', when I actually mean 'they start off alright, and you think they're dead good, then you get bored halfway through'.
In conclusion: this is probably a no.
but i thought sea change is a pretty consistent album throughout, in all its depressing glory.
I think Beck is the most bizarre popstar who ever existed. As in 'How the fuck did this guy become a popstar?' Sure, 'Loser' was a big hit, but how the hell did he manage to maintain his fame instead of becoming a flash in the pan type of thing? Christ knows.
he was fun when i saw him play, but i don't get excited much by his records. sexxlaws is brilliant though,
massive meh about Beck for me.
except for being a Scientologist
And his appearance is Futurama is hilarious (and implies at least the Scientologists havn't taken his sense of humour yet).
Im sorry but loser's his only really good song
But then we went to see him live. Now she likes him.
As long as I still get to do her.
erm i dont like him.
Got all his albums apart from the last one.
Mutations is an utter, utter unsung classic. I urge you to buy it NOW.
Gonna say that Stereopathetic Soulmanure is my fave for extra DiS jumped up indie prick points.
I don't know him comprehensively - he's one of those on my list of artists to investigate further - but Modern Guilt is one of my favourite albums. Truly excellent. The Information went for way too long, but had some alright songs on it (and some clunkers). I'm not so keen on Odelay. Quality-wise it seems to consist of 'Devil's Haircut', a load of skitty crap, and then the wonderful wonderful 'Ramshackle'.
Anyway, to answer your question: More yes than no.
and it made me really sick
the chicken was all raw
and the grease was mighty thick
the rice was all rancid
and the beans were so hard
I was getting kinda dizzy
eatin' all the lard
there was aphids on the lettuce
and I ate every one
and after I was done
the salsa melted off my tongue
pieces of tortilla
got stuck in my throat
and the stains on my clothes
burned a hole through my coat
my stomach was a'tremblin'
and I broke out in a rash
I was so dry and thirsty
and I didn't have no cash
so I went and found a hose
tore off all my clothes
turned on the water
and it shot right up my nose
some old lady came along
and she thought I was a freak
so she beat me with her handbag
'til I could hardly speak
I was lying there naked
my body badly bruised
in a pool of my own blood
unconscious and confused
well the cops came and got me
and threw me in their van
and I woke up on the ceiling
and I couldn't find my hand
they took me to the judge
his eyes a'glowin' red
the courtroom was filled
with witches and the dead
well the sheriff was a hell-hound
with fangs and claws
the prisoners were tied up
and chained to the walls
the air was getting thick
the smoke was getting thicker
the judge read the verdict
said "Cut off his head!"
well they placed me on the altar
and they raised up the axe
my head was about to explode
when I noticed the Marshall stacks
I noticed all the smoke machines
cameras and the lights
some guy with a microphone
runnin' around dancin' in tights
and I noticed the crew
and the band playin' down below
and I realized I was in a rock video
So I went and joined the band
and I went out on tour
and I smoked a lot of heroin
and I passed out in manure
I made out with the groupies (aw yeah)
started fires backstage (aw yeah, start 'em up)
made a lot of money (aw yeah, I'm makin it)
and I gave it all away (give it all to me)
well the band got killed (aw, bunch of losers)
so I started a solo career (aw haw, yeah
and I won all the awards (get 'em all now)
and I drank all the beer (drink it all up; get funky)
and I opened up the taco stand (aw haw, etc.)
just to smell the smell
cookin' with the devil
fryin' down in hell
^transcribed onto my school folder 15 years ago, for what it's worth, which is very little, but at least you know now and can go to bed without wondering what TheWza scrawled on his school stationery.
PS: Buy Mutations.
i'm gonna have to go ahead and say.. umm.. nooo, i don't like Beck
He might repent, if you asked nicely.
He's released some corkers -- Loser, Beercan, Where It's At, Devil's Haircut, E-Pro, Cellphone's Dead. But almost for that very reason, his albums can disappoint. I'd never bought a Beck album, until Guero, which I bought of the strength of E-Pro (a monster!). Although the rest of the album was pretty good, it was hard not to be disappointed.
Generally, I don't like the folky side of Beck. Sea Change doesn't interest me at all. Having said that, I do really like Modern Guilt, which I think dips a little into that side of his musical personality.ck album to own.
He does seem to have a knack for periodically cranking out good singles.
I'm less of a fan when the beats disappear and he gets into 'songwriter mode' on the more recent albums. But his earlier acoustic stuff stands up much better in relation to his scuzzed up beats stuff.
Mutations is just chock full of lush melancholy. And One Foot in the Grave is a good 'un too. Difficult to top Odelay & Mellow Gold tho.
assuming that when you say you don't have it, you mean also that you haven't listened to it.
PS -- I have no idea how the "ck album to own" got stuck to the end of my post...
I've not checked it out, but I'll give it a whirl. It'd be nice to have my faith restored and it does seem to be getting a good rep.
I love the idea that One Foot In The Grave, Stereopathetic Soulmanure or Mellow Gold were 'meant to be heard in HD' (whatever the chuff that is). The second of those, in particular, pretty much sounds like it was recorded via the medium of string, tin cans, and wax cylinders. And suffers in no way because of it.
I listened to Mellow Gold the other day for the first time in ages and it left me pretty cold. Which is weird, because back in the day I loved him. It all seemed a bit solipsistic, something which I could tolerate a lot more easily 10 years ago, say… It might also have a lot to do with the fact that the whole American slacker paradigm seemed a lot more exotic before I moved to the US.
On a side-note, I was really excited by EMA’s California when I first heard it, but after listening to a few more tracks, she’s been beginning to remind me of a more intense, female Beck. So I think I’ll pass for now… OK? OK.
I don't like Beck........ I love him!
like seriously love him, like collecting all the early imports, seeing first UK show, LOVE love him.
Now I don't. I also listened to Mellow Gold recently and thought it was soulless crap. Odelay even isn't that great now.
One Foot in the Grave is still good , probably, if I ever got the record out, which I don't. Totally gave up after Mutations which I thought was boring cack.
It's genius. Cohesive, moving, a tour-de-force. Aside from that I concur with the singles comment.
I prefer this album to any of his hybrid albums.
I still listen to Midnite Vultures on a fairly regular basis.
I know it's too long but come on.