His father is a Canadian-born arranger, composer and conductor who worked on hundreds of albums and numerous films. Bibbe's maternal grandmother was Jewish , while Bibbe's father, artist Al Hansen , was partly of Norwegian descent. As a child, he lived in a declining neighborhood just off Hollywood Boulevard. He hung out at the Los Angeles City College , perusing records, books and old sheet music in its library.
He used a fake I. Some drunk would start yelling at me, calling me Axl Rose. So I'd start singing about Axl Rose and the levee and bus passes and strychnine, mixing the whole thing up," he later recalled.
You could go up onstage and say anything, and you wouldn't feel weird or feel any pressure. Everyone on the scene got sick of me. So maybe out of desperation or boredom, or the audience's boredom, I'd make up these ridiculous songs just to see if people were listening," he later remarked.
The result—the slide - sampling hip hop track " Loser "—was a one-off experiment that Beck set aside, going back to his folk songs, making his home tapes such as Golden Feelings , and releasing several independent singles. Beck's newfound position of attention led to his characterization as the "King of Slackers", as the media dubbed him the center of the new so-called "slacker" movement. I mean, I never had any slack.
That slacker stuff is for people who have the time to be depressed about everything. At other concerts, crowds were treated to twenty minutes of reggae or Miles Davis or jazz-punk iterations of "Loser". The drummer set fire to his cymbals; the lead guitarist "played" his guitar with the strings faced towards his body; and Beck changed the words to "Loser" so that nobody could sing along. The combined buzz gave Odelay a second wind, leading to an expanded fan base and additional exposure.
He would often get recognized in public, which made him feel strange. It doesn't feel right. It doesn't feel natural to me. I don't think I was made for that. I was never good at that," he later told Pitchfork. During this time, he contributed the song " Deadweight " to the soundtrack of the film A Life Less Ordinary The litigation went on for years and it remains unclear to this day if it has ever been completely resolved.
Kelly , in order to embrace and incorporate those influences in the way Al Green and Stax records had done in previous decades. The musicians held communal meals and mountain-bike rides on dusty trails nearby, but remained focused on Beck's instructions: For Beck, it was a return to the high-energy performances that had been his trademark as far back as Lollapalooza. The live stage set included a red bed that descended from the ceiling for the song " Debra ", and the touring band was complemented by a brass section.
Eventually, however, he decided the songs spoke to a common experience a relationship breakup , and that it would not seem self-indulgent to record them. This is his Blood on the Tracks.
Sea Change yielded a low-key, theater-based acoustic tour, as well as a larger tour with The Flaming Lips as Beck's opening and backing band. It was disheartening to the musician, who felt the two years of songwriting represented something more technically complex. As a result, Beck took a break and wrote no original compositions in Nearly half of the songs had existed since the s. It sounded too good, that was the problem.
Working with producer Nigel Godrich, Beck built a studio in his garden, where they wrote many of the tracks. The duo knocked out two tracks in two days, but the notion that the album would be finished in a timely fashion soon evaporated. Still, the musicians were surprised at how well they got along. Beck, then 38, had held the contract since his early 20s. He aimed to keep the arrangements as open as possible, to re-create the simplicity of the standards, and became preoccupied with creating only pieces that could fit within the Great American Songbook.
On January 20, , Beck released the track " Blue Moon ", which was to be the lead single for his twelfth studio album, Morning Phase. Shortly after Morning Phase's Grammy wins, on June 15, , Beck released the first single titled " Dreams " off this upcoming thirteenth studio album. On June 2, , almost a year after the initial release of "Dreams," Beck released a new single titled " Wow ", along with a lyric video of the song and an announcement that his still untitled album would be released on October 21, On August 11, , Beck announced that his thirteenth studio album would be titled Colors and would be released on October It was recorded at co-executive producer Greg Kurstin's Los Angeles studio, with Beck and Kurstin playing nearly every instrument themselves.
The album, Dimension Mix , released in , was a benefit for Cure Autism Now that was produced by Ross Harris , an early collaborator who designed the artwork for Mellow Gold. On June 20, , Beck announced that he was starting an experiment called Record Club , in which he and other musicians would record cover versions of entire albums in one day. Starting on June 18, the club began posting covers of songs from the album on Thursday evenings, each with its own video.
The first song, "Little Hands", was posted on Beck's website on November 12, Soon after, on July 7, Beck announced that his website would be featuring "extended informal conversations with musicians, artists, filmmakers, and other various persons" in a section called Irrelevant Topics.
Then, on July 12, he added a section called Videotheque, which he said would contain "promotional videos from each album, as well as live clips, TV show appearances and other rarities".
Beck wrote the music, co-wrote the lyrics, and produced and mixed the album. Tobacco revealed that in making the album, Beck sent the vocal parts to him, and that they had never actually met. In October , it was widely reported that Beck and producer Hector Castillo were collaborating with American composer Philip Glass to produce a remix album of the composer's works in honor of his 75th birthday.
He also collaborated with electronic dance music duo The Chemical Brothers on their most recent album Born in the Echoes , providing lead vocals and also credited in writing for the track "Wide Open", released in July. He was also featured on "Tiny Cities" by Flume. He has been known to synthesize several musical elements together in his music, including folk , psychedelia , electronic , country , Latin music , hip hop , funk , soul , blues , noise music , jazz , and many types of rock.
Playing With Matches", which showcased solo and collaborative collage , assemblage, drawing and poetry works.