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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.


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Tracklist:

  1. "Loser" (3:55)
  2. "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)" (3:15)
  3. "Fukin with My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)" (3:41)
  4. "Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997" (3:28)
  5. "Soul Suckin' Jerk" (3:57)
  6. "Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)" (2:55)
  7. "Sweet Sunshine" (4:14)
  8. "Beercan" (4:00)
  9. "Steal My Body Home" (5:34)
  10. "Nitemare Hippy Girl" (2:55)
  11. "Mutherfuker" (2:04)
  12. "Blackhole" (5:17) note 

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Personnel:

  • 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
    Throwing plates
    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".
  • 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.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Analog Odyssey" (1:44).
  • 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".
  • 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, most notably the dialogue from Care Bears in "Beercan". The main hook for "Loser" is a looped recording of Beck messing around with one lick on his guitar.
  • 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.

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