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YMMV / Beck

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The musician:

  • Covered Up:
    • "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime", a cover of The Korgis. Also, he covered "Diamond Dogs" by David Bowie.
    • On the receiving end, Beck wrote "Feel Good Time" with William Orbit, but deciding not to use it, allowed P!nk to record the song using the backing track he and Orbit had already prepared. The original Beck version leaked out later and is nowhere near as well known as the Pink version. To a lesser extent, Johnny Cash 's cover of "Rowboat." ensured more interest in "Stereopathetic Soulmanure" which was otherwise an obscure album.
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  • Epic Riff: "E-Pro", and to a lesser extent, "Loser."
  • Misaimed Fandom: As mentioned on the main page, Beck does not like the fact that "Loser" was encouraged as a slacker anthem when he had spent several years being homeless.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The loud distorted yell in "Where It's At", which sounds extremely inhuman and more like a tortured robot.
  • Signature Song: "Loser" is far and away his most popular song. "Where It's At" is a strong runner-up.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • That little silly solo part in "Girl". Unlike the rest of the song, it sounds like a bunch of random notes played on untuned guitar.
    • Also, if we go by his initial idea, the lyrics to "Loser". The video too, as it looks like it cost 20 bucks to film.
    • His vocal delivery on the verses of "Gamma Ray" is full of stuttering and hesitant pauses, as though he was either nervous or just struggling to remember the lyrics, while the chorus is sung much more confidently. Beck himself has said "I was trying to sound as bad as I could, for a laugh".
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    • Various early songs, such as "Trouble All My Days" (from Golden Feelings) and "Total Soul Future (Eat It)" (from Stereopathetic Soulmanure), have Beck detuning his guitar intentionally badly, to create bizarre and hilarious music.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Up all Night" sounds a lot like Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Beck recorded a follow up to "One Foot In The Grave" known to fans as "K Records 2". Its release was cancelled in favour of work on Odelay. With the "One Foot" reissue in 2008, Beck rediscovered "K Records 2" in his vaults and released "The Way It Seems" from it as a download. However, he decided not to release the album after all, feeling it wasn't profitable enough. Several of the sogs from the album either were played as radio sessions or rerecorded for Mutations (which was originally intended as the indie label low-key sister LP to "Odelay", )
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    • Beck was going to release a punk album with Thurston Moore in 1994/1995, which would have included such tracks as "Minus", "Scavenger", "Glut", "Untitled", "Color Coordinated", "Megaboob" and plausibly "Lemonade" and the rerecorded "Thunderpeel". Ultimately it did not happen, due to the focus on Odelay, with "Minus" kept for that album largely cause the group still enjoyed playing it live.
    • Beck originally intended "Midnite Vultures" as a triple album (likely meaning a double CD and triple vinyl). Aside from several b-sides, we also know that "Earthquake Weather" and "Rental Car" were first produced for it prior to their appearance on Guero. After the release of Vultures, Beck had a hard drive crash, resulting in some tracks intended for the project being lost, meaning we may not know exactly what the tracklist was.

The anime/manga:

  • Ear Worm: Many of the songs, especially the opening.
  • Engrish: Whenever any of the lead voice actors in the original Japanese dub attempt to speak English. Even if their characters have canonically lived in America for years. Averted with the American musicians, who are often played by actual expats.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Koyuki, with no sense of sarcasm, chides Maho to not eat so much or she'll get fat. Unfortunately, that's Japan for ya.
  • Narm:
    • GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE!!! (Ryusuke calling out on Koyuki, after the latter unintentionally breaks a guitar the former had given him in an early episode. Turns out that the guitar, which Ryusuke cherished for thinking it belonged to Eddie Lee, was a replica of Eddie's usual one, and all was good between them again.) It's only funny because of Ryusuke's accentized English.
    • Averted in the English dub, where Eric Vale's lack of an 'Engrish' accent helps the line's effectiveness.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The gentle guitar chords of "Moon On The Water" sound a lot like Ednaswap's Wacko Magneto version of "Torn".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many fans' reaction to Funimation's having to swap out The Beatles' "I've Got A Feeling" for an in-house Dying Breed song during the anime's climax in Episode 23.

The TV movies

  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Neighbour. It's telling he's been in every single movie/episode, the only character to do that other than Beck and Gunvald. Even Beck's daughter Inger has appeared in fewer films.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Neighbour's every single activities and Gunvald's fits of rage are known and lampooned by most Swedes.


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