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The Artist name Beck can refer to two artists;

1) Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Beck’s music is known for its pop-junk culture collage of musical styles, ironic lyrics, samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and heady sound effects.

Beck was born in Los Angeles, California, to David Campbell (a musician and son of a Presbyterian minister) and Bibbe Hansen (a former dancer for The Velvet Underground, founding member of the satirical band Black Fag, and visual artist). When his parents separated, Beck stayed with his mother and brother in Los Angeles, where he was influenced by that city’s diverse musical offerings—everything from hip-hop to latin music—and his mother’s art scene – all of which would later reappear in his recorded and published work.

Although Beck’s work defies easy description, his eclecticism and genre experiments have sparked comparisons with Prince, though Beck was undoubtedly a less prolific artist, and drew on an absurdist, free-flowing lyrical style totally original when first exposed to mainstream audiences (indeed, some critics labeled him and his breakthrough single Loser as novelties - see below). Despite this individualism, Beck’s music was very much a product of the 90s and the media age in general, with hip hop, indie/underground rock, electronic music and genre-benders like the Beastie Boys as notable touchstones; in addition, some critics could not resist likening his head-spinning lyrical aesthetic to a post-modern Bob Dylan sensibility.

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  • WickedProphet

    1k plays 🙏

    6 Sep 9:46am Reply
  • NOHIDDENPATH

    Gutted i wasn't well enough to go see him @ Roundhouse. Damn! www.soundcloud.com/dolores-3

    4 Sep 3:42pm Reply
  • gruuvychicken

    Why oh why don't people have anything better to write than "Because most people are shallow and don't have anything worthwhile to say, so they hide it behind their tiny cliché opinions of no consequence. Vanity. " ?

    1 Sep 1:09pm Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    Because most people are shallow and don't have anything worthwhile to say, so they hide it behind their tiny cliché opinions of no consequence. Vanity.

    26 Aug 5:03am Reply
  • XDRory

    Why oh why are people still complaining about his involvement with Scientology?

    24 Aug 6:48pm Reply
  • nowiwantnoise

    born into != mixed up with

    19 Aug 8:53pm Reply
  • gruuvychicken

    Why oh why die Beck get mixed up with Scientology?!?

    19 Aug 1:29pm Reply
  • AryeleYB

    lindo

    6 Aug 7:37pm Reply
  • XDRory

    @my2ndaccount Yeah, in a way it's kind of a shame that out of all those songs he's written only one of them got a studio version sung by him (Heaven's Ladder).

    30 Jul 10:56pm Reply
  • my2ndaccount

    @XDRory, I have heard of that, and while I do like the Spanish rendition, I was hoping for Beck's own version.

    30 Jul 2:57pm Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    The new video for Heart is a Drum brings a tear to my eye.

    30 Jul 1:52pm Reply
  • goose_

    What's up with those recent snotty ass tunes, was he diagnosed with cancer or something? What happened to the man who made Mellow Gold and Odelay?

    29 Jul 11:32am Reply
  • XDRory

    @my2ndaccount You might want to see my previous shout down below :)

    28 Jul 8:49pm Reply
  • tigorigon

    Lost Cause is a beautiful one

    26 Jul 5:40pm Reply
  • my2ndaccount

    Wish he would make a studio version of "Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard" from Song Reader.

    23 Jul 2:32pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    талантлив, несомненно. по хорошему талантлив.

    19 Jul 11:20am Reply
  • BLACKENEDPLAGUE

    Upon first listen, the moment he started singing I knew this was going to be good.

    18 Jul 7:29am Reply
  • WickedProphet

    🙏

    16 Jul 5:21pm Reply
  • firefly2811

    morning phase my new AOTY.

    15 Jul 7:33pm Reply
  • firefly2811

    heart is a drum is so modern day nick drake. excellent track so good

    15 Jul 6:00pm Reply
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