The Influence of Beck

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The Influence of Beck

One of the most eccentric and talented performed of my time is definitely Beck. I have followed Beck since my young teen years and have found that his music has followed me in every aspect of my life. This soundtrack of my being has become so influential that I look forward to every album as a step in the next direction of my days.

Bek David Campbell was born July 8, 1970, in Los Angeles, and came from an exceptionally sturdy music background. His father David Campbell, was a conductor and string arranger giving Beck his strong musical background. His mother, Bibbe Hansen, was an actress who went as far as to work with such artists as Andy Warhol. Also, his grandfather, Al Hansen, was involved with the Fluxus art movement and was best known for launching the career of Yoko Ono.

Beck grew up mostly in Los Angeles, also spending some time in Europe and in the Kansas City area with both of his sets of grandparents. A seemingly bad decision to drop out of school in tenth grade led to Beck’s early career as a street performer playing acoustic blues and folk music, as well as trying his hand in the poetry. In 1988, he produced a cassette of home recordings called The Banjo Story, which led to his move to New York in 1989. He soon returned to L.A. to find his calling at rock clubs by playing a few songs in between the regular sets.

In 1991, Bong Load Records discovered Beck. The label gave him the idea to mix his eccentric style with hip-hop beats creating the infamous Loser single. This was my first encounter with Beck’s music. I was a young teen that was into the grunge movement by the likes of Kurt Cobain and found the tunes on Mellow Gold, the CD that contain the “Loser” single, to be amazing. I soon found myself buying a yard sale guitar and teaching myself how to play and mimic Beck’s every move on the folk axe.

While I was busy enjoying these sweet sounds, Beck's major-label debut, Mellow Gold, was becoming the “anthem for the so-called slacker generation”. It quickly climbed into the Top 20 and eventually went platinum. He quickly signed to DGC, the David Geffin Recording Company, and put out two more independent albums Stereopathetic Soul Manure, which consisted of lo-fi noise rock and One Foot in the Grave, material from Beck's 1992 session for K Records.
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