Posted by: Stella Glass
Well, Coco is still out of town, it’s Friday and for the first time in a while, I actually have work to do at my day job. So it’s gonna be a clip show kinda day, I’m afraid, but I’ll try to post a couple before 5 PM, when the glorious weekend begins.
A couple of friends and I were talking about Beck the other day, his musical oeuvre, the disappointing last two albums he’s released and the lamentable truth that he’s caught the Scientology bug and will, at some point ascend into the cosmos on a giant pirate ship powered by celebrity self-righteousness, and take his seat at the right hand of Xenu, the alien overlord. Sigh. Ashes to ashes.
Everyone had their favorite Beck song, or album or something but being babies of the 80s we all counted his first mainstream single “Loser” as the first we’d ever heard of him. Recorded on the aptly named Bong Load Records, the song was apparently conceived when Beck realized that his folksy music probably wouldn’t take off on its own and tried to layer hip hop beats behind it. Another tactic was attempting to rap like Public Enemy’s Chuck D. When he heard the playback and marveled at his bad rapping, he allegedly laughed and said to the sound engineer “I’m the worst rapper ever….I’m a loser, baby” and thus was born the chorus.
At the time of the song’s release it was kind of hard to take the music or Beck himself seriously. He seemed weird and too quirky to be sustainable; “Loser” seemed destined to share the grave with Ugly Kid Joe’s “I Hate Everything About You” and that annoying song about the Christmas Donkey. Another flash in the pan novelty single with weird lyrics and strange instrumentals.
But oh, were we wrong. It takes about five seconds of listening to pretty much anything else Beck made before you realize that this kid is a fucking genius.
Happy Friday, y’all.