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Wake-Up Video: Beck’s ‘Loser’

8 July 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

Happy birthday to Beck, who turns 39 years old today. The man born Bek David Campbell (later Beck Hansen) has been an MTV staple since his first big breakout with “Loser” in 1994. Beck has always had a pretty stunning visual sense — his videos for “E-Pro” and “Think I’m In Love,” though not seen by many people, still try to extend the video as an art form. His musical focus has always seesawed between stoic neo-folk and raucous electro mash-ups, but it’s his first hit that remains a perfect distillation of what we love about Beck: The marble-mouthed croon, the nods to funk, the grittiness of it all.

Incidentally, more than a few people here in the Newsroom have a deep history with the original Beck, as James Montgomery’s Im name is built around the man and Rya Backer had a Beck-themed bat mitzvah. Here’s to them, and »

- Kyle Anderson

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Beck Revamps Website, Launches Record Club

22 June 2009 6:45 AM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Beck Hansen boasts a lengthy catalog of personal experimentation. These days, though, he's more focused on revisiting the work of others, and at rapid-fire speed. As part of an overhaul of his website, Beck has launched Record Club, a project for which he and fellow musicians will complete entire cover albums in a day's time, posting single songs once a week on the site. The first fruit of their labor is already up on »

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