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Beck: “I’m trying to get to this place where you can stand outside the parameters of what’s possible.”

Profile and Interview by Paul Moody, Dazed & Confused, 1996

BECK’S OFFBEAT HUMOUR and devil-may-care demeanour usually leaves journalists baffled, and interviews that reveal very little. But this time Beck is unafraid to drop his ...


Beck (1994)

Interview by Gerrie Lim, Rock's Backpages Audio, 4 February 1994

Beck talks about his early influences and songwriting; about Mellow Gold; about his loathing of MTV; about being censored in Singapore... and about slackers and Generation X.

File format: mp3; file size: 24.7mb, interview length: 27' 01" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Beck (1997)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 19 January 1997

Beck talks to Barney Hoskyns about hip hop, folk, blues and the making and success of Odelay, and about country music, Los Angeles, his artist grandfather, Tom Waits and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 72.9mb, interview length: 1h 15' 57", sound quality ****

Beck (2019)

Interview by Andrew Stafford, Rock's Backpages Audio, 30 October 2019

Beck talks about his latest album, Hyperspace: working with Pharrell Williams; what the songs are about; on not being a slacker, and his working life; looking back at the '90s, and feeling outside of that periods's music; modern production processes; on his Record Club and Song Reader; writing for Johnny Cash; having no single musical home; his LA youth; losing his recordings in the Universal Studio fire; on not being a Scientologist, and it having no influence on him, and lastly how he sees his future.

File format: mp3; file size: 59.2mb, interview length: 1h 01' 41" sound quality: *****


Beck: Folk Futurist

Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, March 1994

Why do people like Beck? You know he's a loser, definitely. How do you fans like a song about Beck being a loser? He isn't ...

Beck: Mellow Gold (Geffen/All formats)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 19 March 1994


Beck: Mellow Gold (DGC)

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, April 1994

ANYONE WHO thinks these aren't weird times in the music biz should consider the case of 23-year-old Beck, who is, according to Billboard, "at the ...

Kip Winger With A Protein Shake: The Punknology According to Beck

Interview by Gerrie Lim, BigO, April 1994

THOSE OPENING NOTES attempt to warn you: a slinky salvo of slide guitar and then some hip-hop percussion, and then some dude starts rapping, wending ...

Beck: Mellow Gold

Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 7 May 1994

WHETHER BY preference or rationalization, slacker victims trumpet their dropout status with dilapidated jeans, greasy hair and a sarcastic, defeatist posture. Enter 23-year-old Beck singing, ...

Def Beck

Profile and Interview by Lisa Verrico, Vox, June 1994

How can Beck be a Loser? He's ridiculed MTV, yet it still gives heavy rotation to this Kansas runt and his band of OAPs. ...

Beck: One Foot in the Grave (K) ***

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 1994

Minimalist Hootenanny From Independent Beck ...

Essential Guide To "Explicit" Albums

Guide by Stephen Dalton, Vox, August 1994

Back in 1985, one seemingly harmless song led a woman to take unprecedented action against the American recording industry. Thanks to her moral crusade, albums ...

Yoyo a Go Go: The Olympia Spirit

Report by Evelyn McDonnell, Rolling Stone, 8 September 1994

The ticket is love rock and minimalism at Yoyo a Go Go ...

Beck and Sebadoh: It's Saturday, It's Two O'Clock and It's... Slackerjack!

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, 26 November 1994

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Get BECK, the blue-eyed, wigged-out Californian space baby whose slacker anthem 'Loser' topped the American charts, ...

Beck: Manchester University

Live Review by Simon Warner, The Guardian, 28 November 1994

IS THIS the age of the neurotic self-obsessive? Sold out signs at Beck's debut UK gig suggest that his curious blend of twitchy unease and ...

Beck: Water Rats, King's Cross, London

Live Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, 10 December 1994

WOOLLY HATS off at the door, please. Now, put out that spliff and stand up straight, you silly people. This is Beck, and he's too ...


Interview by Andrew Smith, The Face, January 1995

You probably know him as "that slacker guy" who recorded 1994's lo-fi radio anthem 'Loser'. That's fine by Beck, but just don't call him the ...


Profile by Andy Gill, MOJO, February 1995

Prolific post-grunge Dylan type records dozens of songs for several labels, then rolls-up and smokes the rejects. ...


Interview by David Bennun, The Guardian, 1996

AT THE AGE OF 25, Beck Hansen has the air of a man who is surprised by nothing. Either that, or he is surprised by ...

Beck To The Future

Profile and Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 1996

Isn't BECK the slacker king and self-proclaimed 'Loser'? So how come he's the hardest working man in showbiz? Why has Noel Gallagher chosen new single ...

Beck: New Weird Order

Profile and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Pulse!, June 1996

IT'S THE MIDDLE of a lazy Los Angeles spring day, and the view from the roof of the Griffith Observatory reveals a sprawling basin shrouded ...

Beck: Odelay (DGC) ****

Review by Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, 13 June 1996

THE BIG QUESTION that followed the runaway success of Beck Hansen's major-label debut, Mellow Gold, was: Can this precocious child of bohemian stock survive one-hit ...

Beck: Odelay (Geffen)

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, 22 June 1996

BECK is back. But is the slacker guru's new opus a celebration of eclectic musical styles or just an aimless shambles? ...

Beck: Odelay (Geffen/All formats)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 22 June 1996


Beck: Nobody's Fool

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 1996

Beck casts aside the label or slacker savant — who needs all that alternative angst, anyway? — and lets out a yelp or sonic joy ...

Beck: After the Gold Rush

Interview by Eric Weisbard, Spin, August 1996

Is there life after 'Loser'? Eric Weisbard explores the artistic ups and commercial downs of the boy wonder known as Beck. ...

Beck: Ogden Street Concert Hall, Buffalo, NY

Live Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, October 1996

"Who are you?" a voice asks Beck not long into the goofball savant’s utterly delightful new album O-de-lay. "I’m the Enchanting Wizard of Rhythm," he ...

Beck meets Petty

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1997

Rockin', Writin', Survivin' in L.A. ...

#1 Artist of the Year: Beck

Report and Interview by Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, 23 January 1997

ONE NIGHT a few years ago, I was doing laundry with Beck in Los Angeles, listening to him ruminate on whether he might be a ...

Beck: Captain Sensible

Interview by Cliff Jones, The Face, February 1997

That fuzzy folk fella, BECK HANSEN, might now be enjoying full-on international acclaim, but has it helped him and his music become any better understood? Meet the man who believes his generation needs to grow up ...

Beck: The Mix-up Kid

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1997

ON A WARM January afternoon of the kind that’s almost unique to Los Angeles, an enormous lime-green 1969 Chevrolet pickup is lumbering noisily up a ...

Beck: The Rolling Stone Interview

Interview by Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, 17 April 1997

"YOU gotta do the chicken thing again." Beck's manager interrupts the 26-year-old singer's lunch on the set of the British popular music show TFI Friday ...

Beck: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, July 1997

HOWDY. America is always new. The world is always new. Go ask Beck. If you can catch him! ...

The Dust Brothers: Brothers of Invention

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Details, August 1997

They pulled poetry out of Beck. They wrung gold out of Hanson. Now they're remaking the Rolling Stones. Rob Tannenbaum meets the Dust Brothers. ...

Beck Picks Up The Slack And His Last Name

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 8 August 1997

YOU KNOW he's not a loser. It haunted him three years ago, but by now Beck figures most people have come to terms with the ...

Beck: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 November 1997

Beck's Acoustic Outing Is Quirky, Rewarding ...

Beck: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, January 1998

BECK MAY be Modern Rock's master ironist, but he takes his roots music very seriously. They're just very gnarled roots, is all. ...

Beck: Mutations

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, March 1998

Supposedly one of his "parenthetical" releases in the vein of Stereoscopic Soul Manure and One Foot In The Grave. The "official" follow-up to Odelay is ...

Beck, Al Hansen, and the new Art Rock

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, World Art, September 1998

LAST MAY, "Beck and Al Hansen: Playing With Matches" opened at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. This fall and winter the exhibition can be ...

Beck: Mutations (Geffen)

Review by RJ Smith, The Village Voice, 24 November 1998


Beck: Mutations

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 1998

Downbeat apocalypse: US master of ironic eclecticism unearths a diamond in the trash. ...

Beck: Mutations (Geffen) ****

Review by Ian Gittins, Q, December 1998

New album which isn't the new album, but which still has a certain genius. ...

The Shock of the Old: Beck and the New Roots Explosion

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1998

" be an American (unlike English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always ...

Pete Waterman: Style Counsel

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 16 January 1999

Last week, Pete Waterman the Brian Clough of pop, stoutly defended his new teenpop cadets Steps and his revitalised label PWL. Here Doctor Waterman offers ...

Beck: Live at Town Hall, NYC

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1999

WITH THE MTV Unplugged era now firmly behind us, Beck is at some pains to explain that tonight’s show – one of only two in ...

Beck: The Town Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Q, March 1999

He's released an odd new album. Oddly, he's only going to play it once. ...

Casino Royale: Beck, Tenacious D, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Las Vegas NV

Live Review by RJ Smith, Spin, August 1999


Being For the Benefit of Mr. Hansen

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, The Observer, September 1999

THE GANG’S all here: Yoko Ono and Gwyneth Paltrow, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Kate Moss and Evan Dando. All have ventured out on a ...

Beck: "Postmodern Irony Is Like A Bad Smell In The Bathroom"

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 16 October 1999

Has he who smelt it dealt it? Beck answers some burning questions. ...

Beck: Midnite Vultures (Geffen)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 20 November 1999


Beck: Midnite Vultures (Geffen)

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, December 1999

Beck out-hips himself with his fourth album for Geffen, his sixth in all ...

Beck: Beck To The Future

Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, Request, January 2000

BECK WAKES up at 8 a.m., alone on the rock-star bus, wondering what the hell happened last night. He and his band were in Santa ...

Beck: Wembley Arena, London ****

Live Review by Tom Cox, The Guardian, 25 March 2000

Chameleon colours ...

Radiohead/Beck/Supergrass/Sigur Ros/Humphrey Lyttelton/Rock Of Travolta/Hester Thrale: South Park, Oxford, Saturday 7th July

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2001

IF IT WASN'T quite the summer garden party it should have been, Radiohead's big homecoming bash at Oxford's South Park was mostly (or at least ...

Low Down and Low Key: Taking the Road Less Travelled

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2002

BECK SOUNDS like he's channelling the long-dead British folk-rock poet Nick Drake on his latest album, Sea Change (Geffen). For ‘Round the Bend’ the pace ...

I'm a Muso, Baby: Beck

Interview by Paul Lester, The Guardian, 20 September 2002

Beck's new album, written after a nasty split with his fiancee, is so forlorn that the music press is afraid for his health. But, he ...

Beck: Sea Change (Geffen)

Review by Will Hermes, Spin, October 2002

Tears of a Clown: Beck is back, riding that midnight train from Malibu ...

All Change: Beck

Interview by David Dalton, AnOther Magazine, Fall 2002

LATE AFTERNOON, hotel room in L.A. I’ve just downloaded four tracks from Beck’s new album. A song is playing. ‘The Golden Age’. "Desert wind cool ...

Beck: 'Loser'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, April 2003

Vital statistics on Beck's 'Loser' ...

Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 29 April 2003

AS A PROFESSIONAL ENIGMA, Beck Hansen has a reputation to maintain, and it is tiring work. He feels compelled to stay one step ahead of ...

Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 1 May 2003

BECK HAS thrown Bob Dylan's career into reverse. He has arrived at a venue famous for being scandalised by Bob going electric to unplug his ...

Beck: The Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2003

Solitary refinement: Stunning one-man set as the eclectic troubadour of cool goes back to his folk-blues roots ...

Beck: Main Stage, Reading, Saturday 6.35pm; Blur: Main Stage, Reading, Saturday 9.30pm

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 30 August 2003

Battle of the Old-Timers: Funky robots take on a chaotic Blur ...

Beck: ...Bottle of Blue

Interview by Mac Randall, Harp, March 2005

PREDICTING BECK Hansen's next artistic move is a game for fools and rock pundits only. Any sane person gave up trying long ago. Plot this ...

Beck: Guero

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2005

Funky-go-lucky yin to the mournful Drake-meets-Gainsbourg yang of Sea Change. ...

Beck, Guero and Scientology

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotland on Sunday, 26 March 2005

ON THE SURFACE, nothing is wrong with Beck Hansen. No wires protrude from his dirty-blond moptop. No glazed expressions, no shifty answers, no sense of ...

Beck: Guero

Review and Interview by Paul Trynka, MOJO, April 2005

Billed as a return to his Odelay style, Beck's eighth album is at its best when striking new ground. ...

Beck: The Man Who Wasn't There

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, June 2005

Beck's back, with a b-boy bouillabaisse to compare with his grooviest work. But behind the impassive visage, what's really going on? And can he really ...

Beck: Morning Phase

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, 24 February 2014

A MAVERICK musical magpie, Beck has over his 20-year career veered off into nu-folk, Mississippi blues, hip-hop, country, funk and electro-hued pop noir. He never ...

Beck's back: A new album from pop's coolest chameleon

Profile and Interview by Ian Gittins, Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2014

The singer-songwriter Beck talks about his new album, Morning Phase, the latest turn on a zig-zag career. ...

"I miss people. I have a longing for connection and human contact": Life on Planet Beck

Profile and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 30 January 2018

THE CHILSTON PARK Hotel in Lenham, Kent, was once owned by Judith and Martin Miller, the antiques stars of the '80s who wrote the Miller's ...

"I think there's a misconception": Beck on Scientology

Profile and Interview by Andrew Stafford, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 22 November 2019

BECK LOOKS toasted. Under round vintage sunglasses and a broad-brimmed black hat, the cheeks of one of the most inventive, elusive artists of the last ...


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