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Hansen was born and raised in Los Angeles. As a teenager, Beck
became immersed in traditional blues and folk. When he was 18,
he moved to New York where he became part of the city's late 80's
"anti-folk" scene, playing at various small clubs around
the East Village and Lower East Side.
the early 90's, he moved back to Los Angeles, and continued to
write and perform music, sometimes alone and sometimes backed
by various musician friends from the local music scene. He made
a few home recordings, one of which was the single that initially
garnered him attention: "Loser."
in 1991, "Loser" was released by Bongload Custom Recordings
in 1993. And infectious slide guitar driven melody, the single's
chorus of "I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me,"
became unavoidable. Beck released Mellow Gold, his Geffen/DGC
Records debut, in early 1994 to critical acclaim. The album included
the aforementioned single as well as the live staple "Beercan,"
and showcased Beck's love of all things musical. Elements of folk,
punk, blues, noise and hip-hop informed the varied sounds on the
album. He also released two independent albums during this period:
the melancholy folk-tinged One Foot In The Grave (KRecords)--
and the experimental Steropathetic Soulmanure (Flipside).
was met with praise from the critical community, earning album
of the year kudos from Rolling Stone, Spin, and the Village
Voice, among many others. The album also won him two Grammys
that year, for Best Alternative Performance and Best Male
Vocal Performance. Also, at the time of the album's release
Beck entered into a grueling tour schedule that kept him on
the road with a full band, DJ, and horn section for two years
- along the way gaining him a reputation as a formidable live
early, 1998, Beck helped put together November 1998 saw the
release of Mutations, The album was recorded in Los Angeles
over a two-week period in the spring of 1998, and the sound
of the record harkened back to the folk sounds of One Foot
in the Grave. Mutations was originally inteded for release
on Bongload Records, the independent label that released the
12" of "Loser," in 1993. But the DGC/Geffen's
enthusiasm for the project got them involved, and it was ultimately
released by the label.
summer of 1998, Beck began recording songs for Midnite Vultures
at his home. A year in the making, it is a return to the free
from sounds of Odelay. The album is produced by Beck (except
for two songs co-produced with the Dust Brothers)
familiar sounding in that it's uniquely Beck - from the Stax-Volt
hornplay of "Sexx Laws" to the electric boogie beats
of "Get Real Paid" to the southern fried futurism
of "Milk & Honey." Also included is the falsetto
soul workout "Debra," a tune originating from the
Odelay sessions and a longtime favorite in the live set.