FEBRUARY 10, 1997
by Andrew Walgamott
In 1993, I was in college studying geology and pool, when Beck's mantra, Loser, broke. The song slapped my cronies and me out of grungic melancholy with lines like, "I'm a driver, I'm a winner. Things are gonna change, I can feel it." This was a different rock, like discovering the cure to cancer in gravel. We've been hooked like fish ever since.
Last Friday, 26-year-old Beck Hansen brought his turntables, harmonicas, and mirror ball to the Paramount. His latest album, Odelay, has been named 1996 Album of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine. His music is as tectonically active as his Southern California roots.
During the show, Beck pranced, breakdanced, and sang a little C & W while his DJ changed from kerchief to ski mask. He did an accoustic lick at Gun's N Roses' "Patience," claimed "Johnny Cash sings my songs," and got down with some '70s style funk to the rhythm of "Jingle Bells."