Big Name Fan: Bob Dylan appears to be one; not only did he play Beck on his radio show, but he participated in a charity album called War Child Presents Heroes. On the album, classic musicians chose a favorite contemporary artist to do a cover of one of their songs. Dylan selected Beck to play "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat."
"Satan Gave Me a Taco" is one of his more popular early songs. When fans request him to play it live at concerts, he more often than not refuses to play and says he considers it some silly song he wrote in a few minutes that he only expected to perform once and was genuinely surprised at how many people like it.
He's also been this way with "Loser" and "Debra", feeling they were stupid songs, but continues to play them because his audiences love them (especially "Loser")
Averted on Odelay—Many of Beck's friends, and later his grandfather had died recently and he had recorded some predictably depressing material with Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, but shelved it. Instead, he did some upbeat stuff with the Dust Brothers and Caldato. A B-Side that dates from this shelved material, "Brother", is said to be Beck's saddest song. It predates Sea Change by a number of years.
In full force on Sea Change, which was inspired by his breakup with his girlfriend.
Similarly Named Works: Narrowly avoided - "Broken Train", from his 1999 album Midnite Vultures, had the Working Title of "Out Of Kontrol", but he made a different part of the refrain become the Title Drop because The Chemical Brothers had released a single called "Out Of Control" the same year. The change came late enough that early promo copies of Midnite Vultures still listed it as "Out Of Kontrol".
Shrug of God: Not even Beck can confirm what the actual lyric in the chorus of "Girl" is. The official lyrics simply read "Hey, my... girl" (see Indecipherable Lyrics).
Throw It In: Why "Loser" exists. Beck was tooling around in the studio, tried to freestyle, and when it hit him that he couldn't rap, he muttered, "Soy un perdedor" ("I'm a loser").
What Could Have Been: Beck collaborated with William Orbit on a song called "Feel Good Time", which was going to appear on an Orbit solo album. Somehow the the unreleased recording got into the hands of someone involved with licensing music for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, who wanted to use the song in the film. Beck turned down the offer. In the meantime P!nk, who was slated to record a different song with William Orbit for the soundtrack, also heard "Feel Good Time" and decided she wanted to sing it herself. With Beck's approval, his vocals and guitar were removed from the mix, P!nk's vocals were added, and her version of the song became a hit. The version with Beck's vocals was never officially released, but can be found online because William Orbit himself eventually leaked it.