Many of the samples that pepper the album weren't discovered during crate-digging sessions in giant vinyl depots, he explained to Rolling Stone. It's hard to believe one of the great alternative albums of the 90s started out when Beck just "showed up one day with the slide guitar and a couple of harmonicas, and...
Beck Pop and rock news. Some of us would have just played MineSweeper. Topics Music.
His idleness also bore fruit elsewhere in the Odelay sessions. The quest to decode Beck's lyrics can finally come to a close.
Most popular. Over at Song Meanings , the theories for New Pollution run the gamut from song of love to song of erectile dysfunction.
Scratch vocals are placeholders during the recording of a song - nonsense lyrics to fill in as the artist comes up with better ones.
Reuse this content. Or, in the case of Beck , not come up with better ones. Now we know it was merely a song of laziness. No longer will we wrestle with the like of these gems, from The New Pollution: The products of his lassitude are vivid, cool and catchy; it's a casual beat poetry that still puts most lyricists to shame.
Which is not to say that there's anything wrong with Beck's tactic. Instead Beck and the Dust Brothers sat and listened to records as they waited for the computer to compile each take.