Cause when our POLL did meet, Girl you know I was packin' heat! - ILM Artist Poll #97 - BECK (Voting is open until Saturday, June 1, 2019)

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I’m actually seeing Beck (with Spoon) in July of this year, I wanted to do this poll before that show. I have a very tight window where I can do this poll so there will not be an extension, please plan accordingly.

Ballot Part Number One (Mandatory) - Your Top 25 Beck tracks (or less: min. 5). Please order your list with #1 at the top and #25 at the bottom, no need to number them. I will take unranked lists, just clearly state that yours is unranked.

Ballot Part Two (Optional) – Your Top 7 Albums (or less min. 2).

Ballot Part Three (Optional) = Your Top 5 Videos (or less min. 2).

Send ballots to: thebeckpoll AT gmail dot com. Please include your username.

Voting is open until Saturday, June 1, 2019 Midnight Los Angeles time zone (Pacific Time).

Bee OK, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:10 (three months ago) link

lets have some fun!

Bee OK, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:10 (three months ago) link

oh cool, it should be fun to dig through beck's discography, a lot of stuff there i haven't listened to in a long time

want to start off by repping for his philip glass remix thing which i remember being really lovely

https://soundcloud.com/dunvagenmusic/nyc-73-78

ufo, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:23 (three months ago) link

aw yeah

my goodness

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:55 (three months ago) link

I wanted to have a third part but didn't quite know what to do. I saw that Beck has 40 music videos and decided to go with that.

That will be a wild category.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:41 (three months ago) link

I really like the song "Colors," not sure if I like it enough to break into my personal Top 25 Beck songs though. Can't vouch for the full album however, as I have only heard it once. It was very electronic from what I remember.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRCA_Fo0rWA

the future is now, Thursday, 16 May 2019 21:39 (three months ago) link

Vote Beercan.

triggercut, Friday, 17 May 2019 03:09 (three months ago) link

i need some confidence ILM. are we excited about a Beck poll?

Bee OK, Friday, 17 May 2019 17:48 (three months ago) link

I don't know Beck well, but am interested in the results.

Is it just me or is it slightly odd that a massive genre-based poll has suddenly commenced too?

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 17 May 2019 22:36 (three months ago) link

Truly Lawless Times, These.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 17 May 2019 22:42 (three months ago) link

I'll vote

dragged across concrète (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:12 (two months ago) link

Here is another later song by Beck that I might end up voting for:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIrG6xBW5Wk

the future is now, Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:43 (two months ago) link

went through my first big breakup shortly after Sea Change came out so going to be a lot from that. also, Odelay still sounds very cool imo

gman59, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:22 (two months ago) link

ok, i'm far from a beck know-it-all but some stuff i recommend - mostly late-period stuff because that's the era i got into him:

vampire voltage no. 6
deadweight
funky li'l song
gimme (extended version)
debra (kcrw '98 version)
santorini (record club: live at the acropolis)
nostalgia (record club: live at the acropolis)
nyc 73-78 (seconding)
green light
timebomb
scarecrow (el-p remix)
harry partch
banjo (the banjo story)

the commonplace is that somewhere in the 2000s he stopped making interesting music, but as far as i can tell that's not actually true, it's just that he stopped putting interesting music on his albums. nyc 73-78 is the outstanding example but not the only example.

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 18 May 2019 21:39 (two months ago) link

Beck >>>> ambient. I'll have fun voting in this

imago, Saturday, 18 May 2019 21:42 (two months ago) link

I'm not as familiar with post-Sea Change stuff but there's some gems in the self-released flood that came in the 00's and later

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:49 (two months ago) link

have been trying to start putting together a ballot but it's been kinda hard since he's so all over the place and even at his best there's this sense of detachment that makes it hard for me to love his music - i certainly like a lot of his stuff but there's not much i feel really strongly about. i have enjoyed rediscovering Mutations though, a lot better than i remembered it being

ufo, Sunday, 19 May 2019 08:06 (two months ago) link

I better see "Nitemare Hippy Girl" on ballots.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 May 2019 11:53 (two months ago) link

i think i might have arrived at my 'midnite vultures is the best beck album' phase

ufo, Sunday, 19 May 2019 12:16 (two months ago) link

I better see "Nitemare Hippy Girl" on ballots.

― recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:53 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Otm. And 'Rowboat'. And 'Totally confused'.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 20 May 2019 12:16 (two months ago) link

This will be a fun poll and I am excited for this poll, Bee OK thank u for doing this poll. Agree w/rushomancy that a surprisingly large amount of his best stuff is non-album/unreleased/one-off tracks. Very curious to see what % of my ballot will end up being nonalbum stuff, my feeling is it may be high.

I was a massive fan up through Sea Change, fully stopped paying attention after Modern Guilt, pretty happy with that decision despite my love for just about everything up through 2008. At this point I'm pretty much just sitting back and waiting for him to do a massive Neil Young Archives-style vault-emptying project.

One Eye Open, Monday, 20 May 2019 12:59 (two months ago) link

I never manage to get my shit together in time to vote in these polls but I'm gonna really try with this one. Right now my list would pretty much exclusively be Vultures and earlier so we'll see if further listening changes that equation. I have a pretty good recollection of Sea Change and Guero and maybe a few songs from the last two albums, but Information and Modern Guilt are total blanks for me off the top of my head.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Monday, 20 May 2019 15:03 (two months ago) link

I met you...at JC POLLney

calstars, Monday, 20 May 2019 15:06 (two months ago) link

Right now my list would pretty much exclusively be Vultures and earlier

cosign, I will really try to give the later stuff a chance but the 90's material is huge for me

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Monday, 20 May 2019 15:07 (two months ago) link

Good poll for me: approximately 10 songs I love--no more, no less.

clemenza, Monday, 20 May 2019 15:13 (two months ago) link

This has nothing to do with the poll; but Disney’s Zootopia was on TV this morning, and I’m always intrigued by the scene where a depressed Judy Hops scrolls the radio dial and keeps encountering songs that reflect her state of mind (“Everybody Hurts,” “All by Myself”...). The final song snippet is a generic guy singing, “I’m a looooserrr...”. It seems v clear that they wanted to license the Beck song, but it didn’t work out, so they commissioned a new song with the same lyric (taking care to make it completely different otherwise). Does he not license his stuff?

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Monday, 20 May 2019 15:38 (two months ago) link

Can’t think of any examples but I’m p sure he generally does? Maybe he still has lingering discomfort about not wanting to be The Loser Song Guy

One Eye Open, Monday, 20 May 2019 15:52 (two months ago) link

You know, I guess it’s also possible that the Beck song was deemed not suitable for a Disney movie, due to the second half of the chorus (even though they wouldn’t have included that part).

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Monday, 20 May 2019 15:52 (two months ago) link

That’s a good theory

dragged across concrète (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 20 May 2019 19:54 (two months ago) link

There are so many great Beck lines--please don't give in to a dumb pun for the title.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 04:21 (two months ago) link

Not directed at anyone specific, on this or any other poll-thread. It's just something I don't understand. It's a tradition like when they stone the woman at the end of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": it's a tradition because it's a tradition, but if you asked anyone to explain why, I bet no one could.

She Can Talk to Squirrels: The Beck Poll
The Drugs Won't Kill Your Day Job: The Beck Poll
Kill the Headlights and Put It in Neutral: The Beck Poll
Where the Puzzles and Pagans Lay: The Beck Poll

Something. Anything.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:22 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhmnT4KpXGQ

i always forget how energetic a performer he used to be

ufo, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:49 (two months ago) link

Whiskey-Stained Buck-Toothed Backwoods Creep: The Beck Poll.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 12:26 (two months ago) link

bad pun derived from artist lyric >>>>> random cool artist lyric. i don't know how this is even an argument. maybe this particular bad pun for Beck could have been improved (I do prefer "JC POLL-ney") but either is way preferable to even the best lyrical snippet.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 12:57 (two months ago) link

i always forget how energetic a performer he used to be

― ufo, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:49 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i saw him live a few years ago and: he still is!

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:06 (two months ago) link

bad pun derived from artist lyric >>>>> random cool artist lyric. i don't know how this is even an argument. maybe this particular bad pun for Beck could have been improved (I do prefer "JC POLL-ney") but either is way preferable to even the best lyrical snippet.

― Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:57 AM (thirty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Like a POLLL...that's ripe for the votin'

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:29 (two months ago) link

Soy Un POLL-dedor

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:53 (two months ago) link

lol

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:54 (two months ago) link

Beck's lyrical snippets are almost uniquely suited to make good thread titles, but yeah I'm on team bad pun all the way.

Seeing him in 1998 with the Odelay band was one of the most fun & energetic shows I've ever seen. But then I saw him a couple times when he did the tour with Flaming Lips a few years later and he seemed like he was about to fall asleep onstage both times, just completely checked out. I'm not really interested in the new album but I've heard that the shows have been super fun, which is good to hear.

One Eye Open, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:06 (two months ago) link

both shows I saw were killers where he just tore it up. Odelay tour in '96 was total insanity with a packed house, first time I heard "Debra" and it stuck in my head for years. then I saw some gig post-Sea Change/Lips tour and it was great again, they opened with "Novacane" and did a buncha Midnite Vultures tunes before he did his sleepy acoustic interlude, then back to more full band action.

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:16 (two months ago) link

My ideas have been polly rejected.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:41 (two months ago) link

Everybody's Out to POLL YOU Motherfucker

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:42 (two months ago) link

ILX Makes me wanna smoke crack

Mark G, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 14:53 (two months ago) link

I'm a loser babe so why don't you poll me?

WmC, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 16:41 (two months ago) link

Don't...Let...The Sun...Catch Ya...POLLIN'

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 17:01 (two months ago) link

^^ "Deadweight" (where that lyric is from) is a great non-LP single

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 17:02 (two months ago) link

People roll their eyes when aging artists enter their "great American songbook", but Beck is one artist where I would be way into it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcmmw5HNGOY

One Eye Open, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 17:17 (two months ago) link

Objections stated, but if you've gotta go that way, I like WmC's title.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 18:06 (two months ago) link

So meta
Let’s poll a title too

calstars, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 18:17 (two months ago) link

Clementa, I will take it under consideration but I think you're being outnumbered on this one.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 21:32 (two months ago) link

i may try and throw together a ballot on this, havent had the time to dive into the catalog like i wanted so it may be pretty basic.

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 30 May 2019 22:29 (two months ago) link

go crazy with or without cheez whiz, spottie

Jeff the grown man (voodoo chili), Thursday, 30 May 2019 22:33 (two months ago) link

that run of non-album singles from 2013 rules yeah and is easily his best material this decade. iirc they were from an abandoned follow-up to Modern Guilt

ufo, Thursday, 30 May 2019 22:42 (two months ago) link

"Satan gave Me A Taco" just baaarely missed my ballot

One Eye Open, Thursday, 30 May 2019 22:57 (two months ago) link

yay, we are into double digit ballots now. keep voting!

i will send out another round of confirmation emails in the morning.

Bee OK, Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:08 (two months ago) link

going through them again i'm pretty sure "I Won't Be Long" is my favourite of the 2013 singles, especially the extended version

ufo, Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:48 (two months ago) link

^^^^ yes!!!!

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 31 May 2019 03:50 (two months ago) link

Voted! Took a while to decide on a ballot - I had one ready about a week ago but ended up re-doing the whole thing after re-listening to various things. I do think Beck is quite hit-and-miss as an albums artist so in the end I only voted for five of those rather than the full seven.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 31 May 2019 11:45 (two months ago) link

upon winning best album in 2015, somebody interviewed him in the press room immediately afterward, and asked him about Kanye pass/ag walking up to the podium in protest. memory serves, he handled it exactly right, saying something like "well he and what he does is what I aspire to." In the next 24 hours, there was a tidal wave of "how dare kanye do that" from the likes of David Crosby, Paul Stanley…and also many people who would have been delighted if, say, Axl Rose rushed the grammy stage and did a punk-as-fuck move on a past his prime guy like Lionel Richie.

veronica moser, Friday, 31 May 2019 13:17 (two months ago) link

I'm in like a phaser pedal

nicky lo-fi, Friday, 31 May 2019 14:29 (two months ago) link

i'm totally confused...

J. Sam, Friday, 31 May 2019 14:49 (two months ago) link

...by you

J. Sam, Friday, 31 May 2019 14:49 (two months ago) link

i have received a few more ballots, another round of confirmation emails will be coming out soon. i will let you know when finished.

Bee OK, Friday, 31 May 2019 16:14 (two months ago) link

time is running out...please remember to VOTE!

Bee OK, Friday, 31 May 2019 16:15 (two months ago) link

Mine is sent. Hope it got through.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:18 (two months ago) link

just sent out all confirmation emails (including yours wtev) if you have not received one from me then please resend.

Bee OK, Friday, 31 May 2019 17:42 (two months ago) link

just looking over what we have so far, without giving away anything all i can say is that we are in for a treat next week.

Bee OK, Friday, 31 May 2019 17:44 (two months ago) link

I should send a ballot soon.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:44 (two months ago) link

Brad intimidated me.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:44 (two months ago) link

it's time for people to open up a bottle of wine. open up YouTube, Spotify or other and make a ballot of Beck songs.

you have just about a day and a half left...get voting!

Bee OK, Friday, 31 May 2019 21:55 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE8aJwCp2Fc

Ambient Police (sleeve), Friday, 31 May 2019 22:20 (two months ago) link

Do we feel like tracks Beck wrote and produced for other artists qualify?

If so, I'd definitely include at least this track from Charlotte Gainsbourg's 'IRM':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erbb_SNP778

Soundslike, Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:08 (two months ago) link

From description and production aesthetic, 'Mutations' seems like it'd be an album I'd love. But at the time it came out, it left me really flat; and maybe even moreso now, it just does nothing for me. Even 'Guerro' and 'The Information,' which I never heard at the time, do more for me on listening for the purposes of this poll.

The fact it seems so beloved here makes me feel like I need to give it more chances...

Soundslike, Saturday, 1 June 2019 01:10 (two months ago) link

The thing that pulled me back into Beck and made me realize he's actually still as brilliant as ever but mostly just not via albums was his full-album cover of 'Oar'. James Gadson's drumming throughout is just so great. That he could put together intepretations and production so fully-formed in just a day was/is mind-boggling:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJonU9233Do

Soundslike, Saturday, 1 June 2019 01:13 (two months ago) link

xp nah I was unmoved on re-listening, which I had to do on Spotify cuz it turns out I didn't even bother to keep a digital rip of a record I used to own on both (now very rare) vinyl and (now dirt cheap) CD.

Ambient Police (sleeve), Saturday, 1 June 2019 01:50 (two months ago) link

The title track of IRM is dope as hell!

brimstead, Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:08 (two months ago) link

some of Mutations is really great and i like the eclecticism of it as a whole - i wish more of his albums were like that rather than focusing so strongly on a single sound - but it's pretty inconsistent and there's a lot of tracks i don't care about at all on it

ufo, Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:08 (two months ago) link

I submitted a weirdo ballot for this. I really wanted to vote for one of the live videos of Clap Hands with the band playing on a dinner table, but I found there wasn't a definitive version, so I just kinda gave up. Don't forget: I) the U.N.K.L.E. remix of Where It's At, which took up a whole side of the UK 12" single at 12 minutes; II) Diskobox, the excellent Jon Spencer produced Odelay bonus track; III) Ship In the Bottle, the surprisingly good Japanese bonus track from Sea Change.

Also I voted for Dead Wild Cat extremely high in my ballot because it was a pivotal track in my youth.

Tom Violence (Extended Club Mix) (Tom Violence), Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:44 (two months ago) link

Diskobox is a great track, another one that just Barry missed my ballot- supposedly him & spencer recorded an album’s worth of tracks together... another entry in the apparently massive list of unreleased albums sitting in his vault

One Eye Open, Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:44 (two months ago) link

*barely missed my ballot that is

One Eye Open, Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:44 (two months ago) link

i def get how mutations is divisive but the way it grew on me just in the past week was amazing, songs i thought were nonentities suddenly became the center of attention

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 1 June 2019 05:14 (two months ago) link

mutations haters should buy some fuckin ears imho

Simon H., Saturday, 1 June 2019 06:03 (two months ago) link

oh it SOUNDS great, there's just not a whole lot there once you listen past the (admirable) production

Ambient Police (sleeve), Saturday, 1 June 2019 06:55 (two months ago) link

finally got my ballot in

ufo, Saturday, 1 June 2019 10:14 (two months ago) link

Voted. Enjoyed listening to Beck again :)

geoffreyess, Saturday, 1 June 2019 18:29 (two months ago) link

I'll be getting one in later, before midnight EST!

imago, Saturday, 1 June 2019 18:39 (two months ago) link

Midnite Gold > Mellow Vultures
That’s my philosophy, Marty

calstars, Saturday, 1 June 2019 20:13 (two months ago) link

imago and all other last minute people, the deadline will be extended overnight but i will close this poll when i wake up tomorrow.

Bee OK, Saturday, 1 June 2019 22:02 (two months ago) link

it SOUNDS great, there's just not a whole lot there once you listen past the (admirable) production
OK now I'm mad I didn't submit an all-Mutations ballot

Simon H., Saturday, 1 June 2019 22:47 (two months ago) link

Ballot sent! (Unranked, but I never would have gotten it submitted otherwise.)

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 2 June 2019 03:53 (two months ago) link

OK now I'm mad I didn't submit an all-Mutations ballot
― Simon H., Saturday, June 1, 2019 3:47 PM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

same y’all sleepin

“bottle of blues” ffs

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 2 June 2019 04:05 (two months ago) link

"Tropicalia"!! "Sing it Again"!!! gah

Simon H., Sunday, 2 June 2019 04:14 (two months ago) link

Sent!

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 June 2019 05:25 (two months ago) link

I keep trying with 'Mutations'. It's not hate at all--it's just. . . nothing? I listened to the album yesterday and the day before in full, along with tons of other Beck, and I literally can't remember anything besides "Nobody's Fault," which I like fine but it seems like a lesser version of the "Blackhole" or "Ramshackle" mode. I'll keep trying. . . but no tracks made my ballot.

Soundslike, Sunday, 2 June 2019 13:00 (two months ago) link

"cold brains" is one of his very best, at least

ufo, Sunday, 2 June 2019 13:04 (two months ago) link

I guess what's sort of striking me is it's the one album where his homage to various styles just makes me want to listen to the originals? Like, what is he really adding? "Sing It Again" just makes me want to listen to Willie. "Tropicalia" makes me want to listen to Brazilian musics. "Bottle of Blues" makes me want to listen to Skip Spence or Syd Barrett. "We Live Again" and "Dead Melodies" makes me want to listen to Arthur. "O Maria" makes me want to listen to early Tom Waits or Harry Nillson. "Canceled Check" makes me want to listen to "Rowboat," "Nobody's Fault" makes me want to listen to "Blackhole" or "Ramshackle".

I wish when I was 19 when it came out, it had been a gateway album to more of its source music, which other albums of his had been, but it just didn't click enough to get me searching.

None of it is bad at all, it's all perfectly lovely (though "Static" is a bit of a snoozer to end with--the hidden track is the best thing on the album). The album just seems to lack the energy and unique perspective of most other Beck (including the low-key 'One Foot in the Grave'). Like, "Paper Tigers" is pure homage, obviously, and yet it's so perfectly executed and has tons of verve and swagger and so doesn't make me just want to run to Gainsbourg/Vannier.

Not trying to tussle, just working through thoughts here : )

Soundslike, Sunday, 2 June 2019 13:12 (two months ago) link

all confirmations emails have been sent.

Bee OK, Sunday, 2 June 2019 22:15 (two months ago) link

btw, rollout is now going to start on Tuesday.

Bee OK, Sunday, 2 June 2019 22:16 (two months ago) link

Roll Out ... Safely to the shore...

Mark G, Monday, 3 June 2019 13:14 (two months ago) link


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