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Beck / Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, 8.7.1970)
Beck is an acclaimed American musician, singer and song writer of alternative pop music.
Beck was born in Los Angeles, California. His father was David Campbell, a musician and his mother was Bibeb Hansen, a visual artist.
In the 1980s, Beck quit high school and travelled to Europe, where he developed his musical talent by working as a busker. He returned to the US in the late 80's, and became involved in New York's anti-folk movement.
Beck: Early Career
Beck released the Banjo Story cassette in 1988, which has subsequently been released as a bootleg. At the end of the decade, he returned to L.A., playing everywhere from coffee shops to punk clubs, as well as busking on the streets. He sometimes busked with Chris Ballew, of the band The Presidents of the United States of America.
Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, of Bong Load Records, signed Beck to their label. The song 'Loser', which was a collaboration with the hip-hop producer Carl Stephenson, became a success after it was played on Santa Monica College Radio, KCRW. A record label bidding war ensued and Beck signed to Geffen, who offered him the least money, but the greatest amount of freedom.
Beck: The Breakthrough
Beck's debut full-length studio album, Mellow Gold was released in 1994. Around the same time, he also released Stereopathetic Soulmanure on Flipside Records as well as One Foot in the Grave, on Calvin Johnson's K Records. This was followed by a worldwide tour and a main stage slot at 1995's Lollapalooza.
Beck initially called on Schnapf and Rothrock to produce the follow up to Mellow Gold but eventually the recordings were shelved. Instead, he enlisted the Dust Brothers, who had produced Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys. Odelay was both a critical and commercial success. The album launched the singles 'Where It's At', 'Devil's Haircut' and 'The New Pollution'.
The follow up to Odelay, Mutations, was released amid complex legal wranglings, which remain unsolved to this day. The album was originally intended for release by Bong Load Records but Geffen intervened and released the album against his wishes. In 1999, Beck won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance for Mutations.
Mutations was then followed by Midnite Vultures. The album was accompanied by a world tour, which included an elaborate set as well as a brass section to augment his existing live band.
Beck went on to contribute a number of tracks to film soundtracks, including 'Deadweight' for A Life Less Ordinary, a cover of 'Diamond Dogs' (by David Bowie) for Moulin Rouge! and a cover of 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime' (by The Korgis) for Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.
2002's Sea Change became Beck's first Top 10 album in the United States. The album featured his father's string arrangements and with Nigel Godrich on board again, the production sound was reminiscent of that on Mutations. Following the release of the album, he embarked on a tour that saw The Flaming Lips appearing both as his opening act and his backing band.
Guero, released in 2004, brought the Dust Brothers back into the production seat. The album also featured a collaboration with Jack White of The White Stripes.
In 2006, Beck began using a live feed video during his live shows. The videos featured puppets of him and his band, performing the songs simultaneously with the live show.
Beck seventh studio album was The Information, released in 2006. The album featured the singles 'Cellphone's Dead' and 'Nausea'. This was followed by a non-album single, 'Timebomb', which was released via iTunes in August 2007.
In early 2008, it was revealed that Beck had been working with the respected producer Danger Mouse on a new album entitled Modern Guilt and that the singer Cat Power had contributed vocals to the album. The album was released in July 2008.
Beck: Personal Affairs
In 2004, Beck married Marissa Ribisi, an actress. They have one son, Cosimo Henri and a daughter, Tuesday. Both Beck and Marissa are Scientologists.
7th May 2014 -
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14th April 2014 -
The Coachella Festival has closed its doors for another year, leaving a bunch of sweating Californian hipsters and A-list celebrities to pack up and dream of 2015. Many had described the 2014 line-up as one...
14th April 2014 -
Beck's microphone was unplugged as he was about to finish his set on the final night of the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The experimental pop singer was midway through...
10th April 2014 -
Coachella Festival is nearly here, bringing with it one hell of a weekend chock full of great food, exciting entertainment and, most importantly, amazing music.Arguably California's most eagerly anticipated event of the year, Coachella settles...
12th March 2014 -
Nope, we promise we haven't formed a news story from a selection of random rock legends, and musical devices. Neil Young has launched his first 'Pono' music player - an alternative to the iPod -...
25th February 2014 -
Lena Dunham will host the second episode of the new season of Saturday Night Live, which will be broadcast on the 8th March, according to Deadline. The Girls creator will be making her hosting debut...
25th February 2014 -
Beck's first real album in six years Morning Phase is billed as a companion piece to his 2002 confessional LP Sea Change, which itself was considered the singer-songwriter's best work upon its release. Since the...
24th February 2014 -
The Coachella festival always manages to bring out the big names for its annual two weekend spectacular in April. This year, organizers have outdone themselves with a feast of big name acts that will take...
4th February 2014 -
Beck and Foals have been added to the line-up of this year’s Bestival festival, joining fellow headliners Outkast. Beck will headline the main stage on Thursday night, with Outkast on Friday and Foals on the...
9th January 2014 -
Coachella 2014 will be returning to Indio, California, this spring for a two-weekend spectacular that will see some of the world's biggest performers gather in one polo field in the middle of the desert. This...
25th October 2013 -
Life Is Beautiful Festival 2013 brings top artists of all walks of life to Downtown Las Vegas this weekend for two days of cracking music, scrumptious gourmet food and breath-taking art.This brand new festival opens...
27th September 2013 -
Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco, California this October for two days with an impressive selection of live music and other entertainment at a stunning location on this popular man-made island.Headlining Saturday, October...
8th July 2013 -
It is perhaps Beck's strangest album. Song Reader - the record made up entirely of sheet music - was played in full at London's Barbican Theatre on Sunday (July 7, 2013), with a huge cast...
5th July 2013 -
Depending on the way you look at it, Beck's decision to release his last album in the form of sheet music was either incredibly innovative or unforgivably pretentious. Released in December 2012, Song Reader comprised...
8th September 2009 -
An Album review of One Foot In the Grave 2009 Release Deluxe Edition from BeckOk, so Beck, known to his mother as Beck Hansen is a formidable artist and for those living on another planet...
16th September 2008 -
Review of Beck's single Gamma Ray. Co-produced by the prolific Danger Mouse, Beck’s second single from the new album Modern Guilt is a surprisingly disappointing affair. Demonstrating a slight nod towards 60’s surf rock, ‘Gamma...
23rd July 2008 -
Album Review of Modern Guilt by BeckBecks albums are anything but boring or straightforward, in fact some of his admirers call themselves Beck 'experts', and it's fair to say they are just that, as not...
30th June 2008 -
Read our single review of Chemtrails by Beck released through Interscope.If you can't beat 'em you might as well join 'em, or so they say. Following on from the likes of Radiohead and Nine Inch...
11th October 2006 -
Beck Dark Star (Dave Sitek remix) Audio StreamDid you hear? Dave Sitek from TV On The Radio remixed Beck's "Dark Star" track from his new album, The Information. Check it out here on contactmusic.com! Three...
25th September 2006 -
Beck Cellphone's Dead Video Beck once again proves himself to be a giant among men as the release of his new album The Information comes with an array of stunning music, never-been-done-before visuals and a...
20th January 2006 -
BeckRemix of whole Guero album to be released in New Year Guerolito, Spanish for Little Guero, is to be released on January 23rd and will be made up of remixes of all of the tracks...
6th December 2005 -
BeckGuerolitoRemix Album Set For December 13 ReleaseAir, Beastie Boys, El-P, Boards Of Canada & Others Reinterpret Beck's "Best Work In Years" (Entertainment Weekly)Click here fo Beck's Guerolito Media Player with audio and video streamsNow that...
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