Beck, Mellow Gold

#tbt Beck / Mellow Gold (1994)

By Randy Nieto
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I was having a conversation with a friend the other day, and I found I was asking myself this question: “Do I really like Beck?” Odelay was a pretty great album, and he’s written some pretty good tunes since then. But I don’t recall ever purposefully putting on a Beck record and listening to it all the way through.  And since this year marks the 20th anniversary of Mellow Gold, I thought it would be a good album to do a #tbt column on. Taking a trip back and listening to Mellow Gold I realize, this might be the most 90’s sounding record ever made. A combination of folk, grunge, rap, garage rock, everything that epitomized the 90’s in one congealed mess. It was like people couldn’t decide what style of music they liked, so Beck just gave it to them all in one album. (Which I should mention the Beastie Boys did the same) But it’s a beautiful mess, and even with the weird lyrics about nightmare hippie girls and truck driving neighbors downstairs, the songs remain poignant and actually pretty sad when you really listen to them. I have to say, I was kind of taken aback at how much of a bummer the songs on this album were. Then again, this was the 90’s, and  I think collectively as a society everyone was pretty depressed, so I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising. Pay No Mind is still a solid tune, and Beercan has not lost any of it’s charm. And of course who could forget his seminal hit “Loser“. Instead of posting a video from Mellow Gold below, I’m going to post Thurston Moore interviewing Mike D and Beck on 120 Minutes. Behold the glory that is the 90’s:

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