Beck (alt rock, multi-instrumentalist Beck Hansen)

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Legal name: Beck Hansen

Also performs as: Mollüsk (Beck Hansen alias), Mr. Hansen


Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell; July 8, 1970), known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.

He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his sonically experimental and lo-fi style, and became known for creating musical collages of wide genre styles. Today, he musically encompasses folk, funk, soul, hip hop, alternative rock, country and psychedelia. He has released 12 studio albums (3 of which were independently released), as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.

Born in Los Angeles in 1970, Beck grew towards hip-hop and folk in his teens and began to perform locally at coffeehouses and clubs. He moved to New York City in 1989 and became involved in the city's small fiery anti-folk movement. Returning to Los Angeles in the early 1990s, he cut his breakthrough single "Loser", which became a worldwide hit in 1994, and released his first major album, Mellow Gold, the same year. Odelay, released in 1996, produced hit singles, topped critic polls and won several awards. He released the psychedelic Mutations in 1998, and the funk-infused Midnite Vultures in 1999. The soft-acoustic Sea Change in 2002 showcased a more serious Beck, and 2005's Guero returned to Odelay's sample-based production. The Information in 2006 was inspired by electro-funk, hip hop, and psychedelia; 2008's Modern Guilt was inspired by '60s pop music; and 2014's folk-infused Morning Phase won Album of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards on February 8, 2015. He is reportedly working on a thirteenth studio album, with the singles "Dreams" and "Wow" having already been released.

With a pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and the public throughout his musical career as being among the most idiosyncratically creative musicians of 1990s and 2000s alternative rock. Two of Beck's most popular and acclaimed recordings are Odelay and Sea Change, both of which were ranked on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The four-time platinum artist has collaborated with several artists and has made several contributions to soundtracks.

Beck is married to actress Marissa Ribisi, and is an active Scientologist.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Golden Feelings Beck 2
1994 Stereopathetic Soulmanure Beck 3
1994 Mellow Gold Beck 4 14
1994 One Foot in the Grave Beck 3 8
1996 Odelay Beck 4.2 19
1996 Odelay Beck 1
1998 Mutations Beck 3.35 13
1999 Midnite Vultures Beck 3.8 10
2002 Sea Change Beck 3.55 17
2005 Guero Beck 3.35 10
2006 The Information Beck 3.25 13
2008 Modern Guilt Beck 4 9
2014 Morning Phase Beck 3 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Stray Blues: A Collection of B-Sides Beck 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Lollipop Beck 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Guerolito Beck 1 6


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Loser Beck 3.65 8
1994 Beercan Beck 2
1994 Pay No Mind (Snoozer) Beck 1
1994 Steve Threw Up Beck 1
1995 It's All in Your Mind Beck 1
1996 Where It's At Beck 4
1996 Devils Haircut Beck 5
1997 The New Pollution Beck 5
1997 Sissyneck Beck 4 2
1997 Jack-Ass Beck 4 3
1997 Deadweight Beck 4
1998 Tropicalia Beck 2
1998 Kill Any/All Spin Personnel Thurston Moore / Beck Hansen / Tom Surgal 1
1999 Cold Brains Beck 1
1999 Nobody's Fault but My Own Beck 1
1999 Sexx Laws Beck 3
2000 Mixed Bizness Beck 6
2000 Nicotine & Gravy Beck 2
2004 Frontin' on Debra Beck 1
2005 E-Pro Beck 3
2005 Girl Beck 2
2006 Cellphone's Dead Beck 3
2006 O Menina Beck 1
2007 Timebomb Beck 2
2008 Chemtrails Beck 3
2008 Gamma Ray Beck 2
2008 Youthless Beck 1
2009 Pay No Mind / Green Light Sonic Youth / Beck 1
2012 Looking for a Sign Beck 1
2012 I Just Started Hating Some People Today Beck 2 3
2013 Defriended Beck 2
2013 I Won’t Be Long Beck 2
2013 Gimme Beck 2
2015 What This World Is Coming To Nate Ruess feat. Beck 1
2015 Dreams Beck 4
2016 Wow Beck 1
2016 Wow (GUAU! Mexican Institute of Sound Remix) Beck 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Mellow Gold Tour Sampler Beck 1
1995 A Western Harvest Field by Moonlight Beck 1
1997 The New Pollution and Other Favorites Beck 1
2000 Beck Beck 2

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Gameboy Variations (Hell Yes EP) Beck 4
2005 Beck Remix EP #1 Beck 2

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Maximum Beck: The Unathorized Biography of Beck Beck 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Swinging London Beck 1
2005 Cirkus Beck 1
Unreleased Beck 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Cities Beck 1

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