Mellow Gold, released in 1994, is considered to be Beck's official debut album note . A record filled with tales of bad jobs, obnoxious neighbors, and strange women, it acts as the beginning of the Genre-Busting Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly style he is most known for. The album (and its leading single "Loser") also marks a turning point in Beck's life, where he went from living in a shed and obscurity to becoming a successful and well-known musician.
- "Loser" (3:55)
- "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)" (3:15)
- "Fukin with My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)" (3:41)
- "Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997" (3:28)
- "Soul Suckin' Jerk" (3:57)
- "Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)" (2:55)
- "Sweet Sunshine" (4:14)
- "Beercan" (4:00)
- "Steal My Body Home" (5:34)
- "Nitemare Hippy Girl" (2:55)
- "Mutherfuker" (2:04)
- "Blackhole" (5:17) note
- Beck: vocals, most instruments, synthesizers, and production
- Carl Stephenson: production, sampling, and sitar (for "Loser")
- David Harte: drums (for "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)", "Nitemare Hippy Girl", and "Mutherfuker")
- Mike Boito: organ (for "Beercan")
- Petra Haden: violin (for "Blackhole")
- Rob Zabrecky: bass (for "Blackhole")
- Mike O'Connor: drums
Soul Suckin' Tropes:
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: The narrator of "Soul Suckin' Jerk" mentions wearing a "puke green uniform". He hates it so much he sets it on fire.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: From "Beercan":Dancing women
Decapitating their laughing dates
- Cluster F-Bomb:
- "Mutherfuker" and "Fukin with My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)", unsurprisingly.
- "Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)", particularly the intro.
- Either/Or Title: "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)", "Fukin with My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)", and "Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)".
- Gratuitous Spanish: The chorus of "Loser". "Soy uno perdedor"...
- Gratuitous German: At the end of the same song, Beck lets loose "Oh, sprechen Sie Deutschnote , baby?"
- Hidden Track: "Analog Odyssey".
- Indecipherable Lyrics: The vocals to "Sweet Sunshine" are so distorted that decades later many fansites still have different interpretations of the lyrics.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Analog Odyssey" is this in spades as Beck is apparently torturing a synthesizer to end the album.
- Miniscule Rocking: "Analog Odyssey" (1:44).
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: All over the scale. Some of the acoustic songs, like "Blackhole" and "Pay No Mind", are in the 1-2 range, some of the more upbeat songs range from 4 to 6 with rapid jumps up and down the scale due to random noises and feedback ("Beercan", "Soul Suckin' Jerk", "Fuckin' With My Head"), and the highest rating on the album (and quite possibly of Beck's career) is "Mutherfuker", which sits at a high 9.
- Mood Whiplash: The calm "Blackhole" is followed by a period of silence, then suddenly there's "Analog Odyssey".
- Non-Appearing Title: "Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997" and "Beercan".
- Not What It Looks Like: After running away from his former workplace and burning his uniform, the protagonist of "Soul Suckin' Jerk" winds up wandering aimlessly downtown in only his underwear. Eventually, a prostitute shares her fur coat with him, and he takes a nap. Police officers arrest them as the protagonist tries to explain that he was "only trying to get warm".
- One-Word Title: "Loser", Beercan", "Mutherfuker", and "Blackhole".
- Piss Take Rap: "Loser", according to Word of God.
- Portmantitle: "Beercan", "Mutherfuker", and "Blackhole".
- Protest Song: According to Beck, "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)" is this for an era where there's nothing to protest against.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: The titles of "Fukin with My Head", "Nitemare Hippy Girl", and "Mutherfuker".
- Sampling: While nowhere near the level of Odelay, it's used in at least a few songs on this album:
- The main hook for "Loser" is a looped recording of Beck messing around with one lick on his guitar. The drum beat is from "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" by Johnny Jenkins.
- "Beercan" samples a Care Bears album and a snippet of noise from "Hog Leg" by the Melvins.
- "Soul Suckin' Jerk" samples "The Big Beat" by Billy Squier.
- "Fuckin' With My Head" and "Sweet Sunshine" both sample "Save the World" by Southside Movement.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: "Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997", released in 1994.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Present in nearly every song, as expected from a Beck release.