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This is the first Beck album I ever bought, and after seeing what he released in to the charts subesquent to this album, it was the last. He seemed to change his style radically after this to one which was my less to my taste. The style on this album is very hard to describe, there is nothing like it out there.
2. Pay No Mind (Snoozer)
3. Fuckin' With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)
4. Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997
5. Soul Suckin' Jerk
6. Truckdrivin' Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)
7. Sweet Sunshine
9. Steal My Body Home
10. Nitemare Hippy Girl
13. Analog Odyssey
The first song is Loser, you have probably heard it, it was a big hit about 10 years ago. "im a loser baby so why dont you kill me' the scrapey guitars and thumping bass make an amazing sound, the slack-jaw vocals go perfectly, one imagines a scruffy, baggy trousered kid, leaning back after a 24 hour session on the Playstation, thinking out loud.
Pay no mind is an excellent song, with strange surreal lyrics, talkign about huge dildoes that will crush the sun, this song is more melodic, alightly easier to listen to, yet not as original as Loser.
Soul suckin Jerk is perhaps my favorite song on the album. It builds up so well, thumping bass lines, even more so than on loser, it refers to his boss at some crappy job, he talks about being "left down- couldnt find a ride home, sun went down i got frozen to the bone". again these amusing images of a down and out, living the squalid, existentially meaningless repetitious life.
Truck-drivin neighbours is another fantastic song, if you ever wandered what it would be like to be a hill-billy, hick, american, living in a trailer part in the wastes of southern Illinois, you can not fail to at least have a better idea. "shit kickin, speed takin, truck drivin neighbours downstairs".
I have mentioned here, what i think are my personal highlights of the album, the other songs in my opinion are lacking the quality of the three i have mentioned which is the problem with this album. At its best, it is one of the greatest albums of the 1990s, but it simply is unable to maintain this standard, otherwise it would have been an masterpiece.
This album is excellent though,if you want to chill out and relax it is perfect, it sounds so wonderfully lazy, you cant help but kick your shoes off, get a beer out the fridge, forget to feed the cat, just forget everything, wollow in self indulgent lazy stupefaction.
This is a great album. The humour running throughout is indicative of Beck - he just doesn't seem to give a damn about musical values, he just wants to make some noise. Musical values do pop up here and there, with the utterly amazing Loser, and the almost as amazing Beercan, but most of the album thrashes about in weird guitar and sample based lyrical oddness, wallowing in its own subversiveness to the extent of brilliance. Not a recommended first purchase, but unmissable for the fans.
Beck Hansen may well come to regret the day he wrote the "I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me" line. He has the standard card-carrying hippy background: son of a bluegrass player; lived with preacher grandfather in Kansas; hitched around Europe and lived with his sculptor uncle before embarking upon music in New York — all, allegedly, before he was 16. That bit of history said, what Beck's past doesn't suggest is Mellow Gold. Loser, probably the first Top 20 single to feature the line "Dog food skulls with the beefcake pantyhose", is a fair starting point. Beck samples all possible musical themes — folk, rap, unidentifiable plinky, farty sounds — and coats them with an ear-friendly pop gloss without quite losing the feeling that there's things here which haven't been heard before. Beck creates characters, always interesting, usually unusual and unsympathetic. The bitter runaway in Soul Suckin' Jerk; the Truck Drivin' Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat) ("Whiskey-stained buck-tooth, backwoods creep/Grizzly bear motherf****r who never goes to sleep"); and the hideous Nitemare Hippy Girl ("She's cooking salad for breakfast/She's got tofu the size of Texas"), all help knit together Beck's view of the weird world. Musically, he's incredibly inventive. Pay No Mind (Snoozer) and Blackhole are folky, country-pop, Motherf****r is urban paranoia, while Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997 could be Tom Waits. Worst of all, there's neither hide nor hair of his debut single, MTV Makes Me Want To Smoke Crack. If you want weirdness, you'll find it here aplenty, but it's not particularly mellow, and certainly not gold. I am a big Beck fan, and if it's more of the same you're after, you'll find it here. Tracklist: Loser Pay No Mind (Snoozer) Fuckin With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock) Whisk
eyclone, Hotel City 1997 Soul Suckin Jerk Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat) Sweet Sunshine Beercan Steal My Body Home Nitemare Hippy Girl Mutherf****r Blackhole
This is my favourite Beck album. It sounds like it's been put together randomly from samples and song-segments. The lyrics are equally messy, really bringing out the old Beck, before the professionalism that Odelay! made obvious. Although a lot of the 'tunes' would have most people on the floor clutching at their ears, the subversive lyrics and samples make this album totally listenable to by anyone who finds them amusing enough. Buy it! unless: You are in any way normal. You don't like the idea of all the Squirrels living in one place. Loser, Beercan and Nitemare Hippy Girl are for normal people as well, so if you like any of those, buy the album just for them. It's worth it.
This early Beck effort is funny, original, subversive, and quite possibly not your cup of tea if you've become a fan through Midnite Vultures. It's got some absolute belters on it - Loser and Beercan springing instantly to mind - but the majority of the tracks are slow-paced, weird-noise-filled acoustic guitar oddities, notable more for their lyrical content than for their musical appeal. If you like Beck because he makes you want to dance, you probably won't find a great deal on here to interest you - but if you like Beck primarily because he makes you laugh (as I do) then this is as essential a purchase as Odelay (which I prefer because it makes me laugh AND sounds continually great). It's also well worth picking up if you can't find Loser on single (the b-sides of which are, incidentally, great) because everyone should own that song. I recommend listening to a few tracks (not including the frist two, which are more musically appealing single-releases) before buying this to see if you like the style. Lyrical Acid Test: "Give the finger to the rock 'n' roll singer, As he's dancing upon your pay cheque. The sales climb high through the garbage pail sky Like a giant dildo crushing the sun." If that makes you laugh, buy this album.
1. Loser 2. Pay no mind (snoozer) 3. Fuckin' with my head (mountain dew rock) 4. Whiskeyclone Hotel City 1997 5. Soul suckin jerk 6. Truckdrivin neighbours downstairs (yellow sweat) 7. Sweet sunshine 8. Beercan 9. Steal my body home 10. Nitemare hippy girl 11. Mutherfuker 12. Blackhole Look at those tracks, you may only have heard Loser, which is a superb track (im a loser baby, so why dont you kill me) yeah remember that one, but this is a early album for old Beck and is one of his best, if not the best, make sure that you listen to Sweetsunshine, and beercan, cos they are great tracks, this album is superb, what ya waiting for, trek down HMV and buy it!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Pay No Mind (Snoozer)
3 Fuckin With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)
4 Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997
5 Soul suckin jerk
6 Truckdrivin neighbours downstairs (yellow sweat)
7 Sweet sunshine
9 Steal my body home
10 Nitemare hippy girl