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Beck’s Best Cover Songs

on February 18, 2014, 12:01am
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Artwork by Dmitri Jackson (Buy prints + more!)

It’s been over 20 years since Beck first appeared on the scene. At first many didn’t know what to make of this slightly eccentric pseudo-slacker from SoCal, and probably even fewer would have predicted his success two decades later — a success predicated on a refusal to stay bound to one style, one direction, or one vision. From his earliest singles like “Loser” to his new album, Morning Phase, Beck has constantly defied categorization. Bouncing from alternative pop into funk, disco, folk Americana, and a few others here and there, Beck has stayed at the forefront of wherever he happened to be at the time and, in doing so, has kept his listeners on their collective toes, always anticipating his next move.

Some of those moves included an album composed entirely of sheet music and his Record Club project, where he and a few handpicked musician friends would get together and cover/record an album in its entirety, including albums by The Velvet Underground, INXS, and even Greek new age artist and spokesperson for elegant, wavy hair, Yanni. In addition to covering full albums, Beck has been known to cover other songs, be it for compilations such as the recent Sweetheart collection, in concert, or even as a car commercial of sorts. In fact, there is an entire portion of the Covers Project dedicated to many of the songs Beck has covered over his career.

As this modern-day legend unloads his latest collection of original material on Morning Phase, we at Consequence of Sound thought it might be fun to poke around Mr. Hansen’s archive of covers. So, sit back, enjoy, and get crazy with the Cheez Whiz.

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July 24, 2014 at 10:48 pm

You forgot “Tough F**kin Sh!t” G.G. Allin cover

Bymbaa Biba
June 16, 2014 at 5:04 am

hey gyus here is some awesome cover songs . check this out

April 27, 2014 at 12:29 am

I respect Beck as much as any fan of his – but in terms of his actual songwriting – are there ANY songs he’s written, aside from “Loser”, maybe, that anyone finds themselves singing or that gets stuck in their heads from his past albums? Anything at all? MAYBE “The New Pollution”? His best record, in my opinion, “Sea Change”, which many say was his “Blood On The Tracks”, doesn’t even have ONE song on it that can be taken out of context and enjoyed or covered – unlike the ACTUAL “Blood On The Tracks”, which has numerous songs that are a pleasure to hear anytime at all. I mean – again, and this is coming from someone who likes Beck – I have no problem with him. His albums are enjoyable – but am I the only one who thinks that they just disappear into the ether once they’ve been played a couple of times? I mean, where are his “classics”? He’s obviously cultivated – intentionally – the PERSONA of a songwriter who should be thought of seriously – but when is the guy actually going to write something that’s going to LAST? Again, there are some very good songs on “Sea Change” – but there’s not ONE song on “Sea Change” like a “Shelter From the Storm” or a “Tangled Up In Blue”, etc. – and I’m not saying that to compare him unfairly to Dylan – but too many people lately appear to be doing that, rather casually – and the guy’s songs are just NOT songs that seem to “stick”. They just kind of float away. His latest record, which was billed as a “return” to the more sincere writing of “Sea Change”, didn’t have a SINGLE song on it, save for “Blue Moon” (I believe that’s the title) that demanded to be listened to again – and even that one, as decent as it was, felt like a very self-conscious composition, structurally – and the lyrics weren’t cohesive enough for it to even mean anything. So I’m just asking – and yeah, I’ll say it again, this is coming from someone who respects Beck’s work, as it’s never “bad” and it’s always at least somewhat interesting to listen to – where, apart from maybe one or two songs, and that’s stretching it, in my opinion, are the “classic” songs – his “great” songs – that justify the IMAGE he’s cultivated and that the press abides by when speaking of him? Is it just me who wonders this about him?

Robin San George
May 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm

That was a rant if I ever read one.

June 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm

I get most Beck songs stuck in my head.

June 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Dude, if “Where it’s At” has never been stuck in your head, you have no soul


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