Where It's At (5:31)

Cover of Odelay

From Odelay and 32 other releases

“Where It’s At” is the first single from Beck’s 1996 album, Odelay. Beck wrote the song in 1995. He premiered it at Lollapalooza 1995, in a version very similar to its incarnation on Odelay. He has played the song very often since 1995, although he regularly experiments with the music and lyrics.

“Where It’s At” has a number of spoken samples that Beck and the Dust Brothers incorporated into it. Many of these come from an obscure sex education album titled Sex for Teens: (Where It’s At), a subtitle Beck borrowed (see link below). Other vocal samples incorporated into “Where It’s At” come from “Needle to the Groove” by old school rap group Mantronix (“we’ve got two turntables and a microphone…”), as well as The Frogs (“that was a good drum break”). The song also references Gary Wilson, one of Beck’s influences. “Where It’s At” was the first music video to be broadcast on MTV2 on August 1, 1996. The video features a parody of William Shatner’s video of “Rocket Man”. An adaptation of the song in Futurama was also used with Bender playing the ‘washboard’ in various parts, the same episode in which Beck makes an appearance throughout the show.

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There's a destination, a little up the road
From the habitations and the towns we know
A place we saw the lights turn low
The jig-saw jazz and the get-fresh flow

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