Trivia / Beck

The musician:

  • 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."
  • Bonus Material:
    • Deluxe versions of The Information included a DVD containing music videos for every song on the CD.
    • "Diamond Bollocks" is a bonus track on Mutations (hidden on the US release but separate on others) because Beck couldn't find a way to fit it in the tracklisting. He described it as "the wayward son at the Thanksgiving dinner who just doesn't really fit in with the family anymore, is the black sheep. So you put him at the end of the table..." Other versions of Mutations also include bonus material - UK, German and Japanese versions add "Runners Dial Zero", German Limited Edition has "Halo Of Gold" and "Black Balloon" in addition to the usual German tracks, Japanese version has the re-recorded version of "Electric Music And The Summer People" inserted in the main tracklisting.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Loser".
  • Creator Backlash:
    • "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")
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • 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.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: He thought "Loser" was mediocre when it was released, but of course it wound up being his Breakthrough Hit.
  • 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 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.
    • Odelay could have been a much darker Creator Breakdown album, inspired by the recent death of Beck's grandfather Al Hansen among other things: Beck started working with Mellow Gold producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Shnapf on an album of slow, somber folk-rock songs, but partway through he decided to abandon the material and work with the Dust Brothers instead. One song from the shelved project ended up on Odelay itself ("Ramshackle") and two more were b-sides ("Brother" and "Feather In Your Cap").

The anime/manga:

  • Actor-Shared Background: Yuji "Saku" Sakurai's English VA Johnny Yong Bosch is a rock guitarist and singer in real-life.
  • Non-Singing Voice:
    • In the Japanese version:
      • Koyuki's singing is provided by punk rock vocalist Kazuya Hirabayashi.
      • Pop singer Aki "Sowelu" Harada provided Maho's singing voice.
      • Rapper Tatsuzo of the mixture rock band YKZ provides Chiba's singing voice.
    • Averted in the English dub, since their respective actors Greg Ayres, Brina Palencia and Justin Cook are singers.