Travelin’ Local’s Sing-a-Long Saturday – Beck – Loser

Nov 12, 2010 by Lisa Newton

A bit of a complicated musician, due to his background, performance based stagecraft, and studio mixing, nonetheless, when Beck, first hit the music scene, it was mainly due to word-of-mouth created from his unique live performances; nonetheless it remains to this day that his recordings have a lot to do with his meteoric rise into the top rung of musicians everywhere.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Beck Hansen has been “hailed by critics and the public throughout his musical career as being amongst the most creative and idiosyncratic musicians of 1990s and 2000s alternative rock.” Using LA as his learning ground, Beck, as he is commonly known, crafted a musical message of social criticism with musical and lyrical experimentation.

At one time homeless in New York, Beck moved back to Los Angeles, and took a series of low-end jobs, but continued with his music:

I’d be banging away on a Son House tune and the whole audience would be talking, so maybe out of desperation or boredom, or the audience’s boredom, I’d make up these ridiculous songs just to see if people were listening. ‘Loser’ was an extension of that. Source: Wikipedia

Recorded in 1994, Loser was Beck’s breakthrough song. Curiously enough, much of the thanks for the resulting bidding war among labels to sign Beck were the result of Loser initially being featured on the Santa Monica College radio station KCRW.

Although once thought of as a “one hit wonder,” Beck continues to make milestones in music today.

The recording of his song Loser, carries a lot of weight to have propelled Beck so far and so long:

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