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Loser / Corvette Bummer / Alcohol / Soul Suckin EP, Import, Maxi


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 18 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Import, Maxi
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OOE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

1. Loser (LP Version)
2. Corvette Bummer (Previously Unreleased)
3. Alcohol (Previously Unreleased)
4. Soul Suckin Jerk (Reject) (Previously Unreleased)
5. Fume (Previously Unreleased)

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Beck ~ Loser

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This EP is a true gem. Other reviewers here have sung its praises well, but most have suggested it was released (or should be considered) as suplimentary material to Mellow Gold. This EP apeared before Mellow Gold, and its vision should be credited for MG and Beck's popular breakthrough. Most of these tracks were recorded in an amateur studio, written and performed by an artist who was hitherto a nearly homeless outsider in the Indie scene in LA. On this disk you will hear a Beck with the dazzling lyrical inventiveness and surefooted rhythm that he has become known for, but little of the pretentiousness and bloated overproduction that releases like Midnight Vultures have earned him. Lest we forget, Beck's arrival marked a breakthrough for whiteboy hiphop nearly as significant as the Beastie Boys. This EP marks that emergence and thus will always sound revolutionary to me. This disk is loaded with significance and the artist seems to know it. Behind the laughing-up-his-sleeve bravado, the Beck of the Loser EP is exploding with the urgency of this new vision. It continues to astound me.
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this is the place to go. Most of these songs are actually stronger than some things that ended up on that album. Since it's short and because I can, I'll go through each track now.

1. Loser - Not much I can say here. the same old single we all know and love.
2. Corvette Bummer - Nice groove. I love the fact that despite being a "rap" song, most of the lines don't actually rhyme with each other, and yet it takes you a while for you to notice this because Beck makes it flow so well. Somehow I really like the way he's spitting out his "p's" in the vocal delivery. The ending is bizarre and hillarious as well.
3. alcohol - a pretty folk song about being drunk. This song has always kind of creeped me out in a way. I remember when I was 13 and accidentally played it on the jukebox because it was the b-side to "Loser" it freaked me out, especially that weird unexpected noise coda, and the line "if I stay in the same place, the animals will lick my face". Nowadays I'm somewhat used to weird noises leaping out of my stereo thanks to hearing a few residents albums, but it's still eerie, albeit in a good way.
4. Soul Sucking Jerk (Reject) - While the version of this song on mellow gold has it's own appeal in it's pure bizarre trippiness, I prefer the more straightforward funkier version found here. I love the bit towards the beginning where Beck announces "rockin' the town like a moldy crouton!", and the long funky organ solo (which is mostly why this version's longer). Only thing I don't like is that the verse order is switched around a bit, partially because it throws me off trying to sing along, and partially because it starts off with what I always thought to be the weakest verse lyrically.
5. fume - funny and yet kind of scary.
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To me, Beck has two styles: the R&B, hip-hop mix that has gained him commercial success (ie tracks off Odelay or that sad excuse of Music that is Midnight Vultures) and the more subtle indie/alt rock that not many aknowledge him for (One Foot in the Grave, Mutations.) The Loser single incorporates both styles for both casual listeners and Beck completists alike.
The title track speaks for itself.
CORVETTE BUMMER is another rappy entry, but it is fair in comparison to its cousin tracks on Mellow Gold.
ALCOHOL is a beautifully slow, mellow song along the lines of Black Hole and Nobody's Fault But My Own. Some compare it to Steal My Body Home with its wonderful percussion coda.
SOUL SUCKING JERK is an alternative version of the Mellow Gold track of the same name that, while interesting, is inferior to that on the album.
Lastly, there is FUME. To be honest, this track is the reason as to why I purchased the single. It reflects the indie rock humor, sound, and lyrics of other Beck classics such as Satan Gave Me a Taco and Bogusflow, and, in the Beck tradition that he does at the end of his LPs, gets noisy in the end.
All in all, this is highly recommended to all Beck fans who appreciate all of Beck's sounds, old, new, and just plain obscure. You'd better order it online or find it in a good shop in the city, however, because this disc is rather hard to locate otherwise.
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I bought this CD Single simply for the simple reason that I loved the song, "LOSER"(at that time I was not a big Beck fan...I would come to my senses though and that changed). The lyrics to this song are simply beyond brilliant! This is the song that made the world aware of one of the best artists in the music industry today.
"CORVETTE BUMMER" has got a really good beat to it, while "ALCOHOL" has a cool pace to it and for the majority, is similar to MELLOW GOLD's "BLACKHOLE".
This version of "SOUL SUCKIN' JERK" is not a remix of the one you hear on MELLOW GOLD. More like just a different approach to the song using the same lyrics, but in a different music style. That, and it's a much longer version than the album version.
"FUME" is a great song. Awesome beat, great lyrics, and as usual with Beck and his last song, he has a little wait before going crazy on a melody.
I highly recommend this CD single to any Beck fanatic AND any music lover wanting to experiment!
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