Beercan (4:00)

Cover of Mellow Gold

From Mellow Gold and 17 other releases

Single by Beck
from the album Mellow Gold
Released 1994
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock, Rap Rock
Length 4:01
Label Bong Load, DGC
Writer(s) Beck Hansen
Producer Karl Stephenson

“Beercan” is a single by Beck, taken from his first major record label release, Mellow Gold. It peaked at number 27 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks charts.

Conception and recording

“Beercan” was produced by Karl Stephenson and featured his characteristic layers of sound and bizarre samples: this song in particular prominently features samples from a Care Bears album. In addition the song also samples a small part of the Melvins song “Hog Leg”. Lyrically, Beercan talks about going to a party and being surrounded by ‘freedom rock slimeballs talking in code’ and ‘game show suckers.’ The protagonist, who has just quit his job as a leafblower, is getting drunk to ditch himself and escape his worries.[1]

As mentioned in the song, Beck once had a job blowing leaves. Beck once reminisced, “There’s a leaf-blower contingent. There’s no union that I know of so far, but there’s certainly a spiritual brotherhood. They are the originators of noise music. It’s like a cross between a Kramer guitar and a jet pack.”

Music video
Much like Beck’s earlier single “Loser”, the experimental video for “Beercan” was directed by friend and director Steve Hanft. The video features a group of homeless people destroying a house.


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Alcohol on my hands
I got plans to ditch myself and get outside
Dancing women, throwing plates
Decapitating their laughing dates

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