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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Deep Cuts: Alt-Rock

Beck Mellow GoldThe title track from Mellow Gold, recorded in 1991 by Bongload Custom Recordings in L.A., introduced the world to Beck Hansen two years later in 1993. An infectious slide guitar driven melody, the single's chorus of "I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me," became unavoidable. Beck released Mellow Gold (1994), his Geffen/DGC Records debut, in early 1994 to critical acclaim. The album included the aforementioned single as well as the live staple "Beercan", and showcased Beck's love of all things musical. Elements of folk, punk, blues, noise and hip-hop informed the varied sounds on the album. He also released two independent albums during this period including the melancholy, folk-tinged One Foot In The Grave (K Records) (1994).

Beck toured extensively over the next year and a half, most notably appearing on the main stage at the 1995 Lollapalooza tour. Afterwards he returned to the studio and emerged in the summer of 1996 with Odelay which sold 2.3 million copies and won two Grammys in 1997. Since then, Beck has stunned the music industry with each of his ensuing albums including his outrageously party anthem-esque Midnite Vultures (1999), downbeat and melodic Mutations, thundering heartbreak in Sea Change (2002), groove-laden samples and street culture in Guero (2005) and exploring new soundscapes in The Information (2006) and Modern Guilt (2008).

Beck - Corvette Bummer


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