Three-time Grammy Award winning musician, Beck Hansen is no ordinary instrumentalist, for he is responsible for creating the unique style of producing a shambling collage-like sound, which he has derived from putting together seemingly contradictory genres of music. This talented musician has enjoyed tremendous success in the music industry both commercially and critically - a feat not many can boast of. Beck has, all through the years, been humble enough to maintain his artistic integrity which has captured the hearts of millions across the globe. What distinguishes Beck from his colleagues is his distinctive lo-fi sonic experimental sound and recordings that include elements from the genres of hip-hop, alternative rock, folk, funk, soul, country and psychedelic. Known for his trademark surreal lyrics, Beck defined the 90’s era with his alternative pop anthems and wild musical experiments with electronics and other interesting instruments. Some of his well-known albums include, ‘Mellow Gold’, ‘Odelay’, ‘Mutations’ and ‘Guero’.
Childhood & Early Life
Beck was born to David Campbell and Bibbe Hansen. While his father was a Canadian musician, his mother was a visual artist professionally and a former Warhol superstar in Los Angeles, California.
When Beck turned ten, his parents divorced, after which he started living with his mother and brother in Los Angeles.
By the time he was 16, he had his own guitar and soon he became a street musician. During his teenage years, he mostly preferred folk music and later took a liking to hip hop music.
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In 1993, he came out with his debut album titled, ‘Golden Feelings’, which was released by the Sonic Enemy label. The label did not make many copies of the CD, a fact which distressed him.
Released in February 1994, his second studio album, ‘Stereopathetic Soulmanure’, had a very strong folk influence. The album featured the tracks, ‘Pink Noise’, ‘Total Soul Future’ and ‘Rowboat’.
In March 1994, he came out with the album, ‘Mellow Gold’, which was his first album with a major recording label, DGC Records. The album is listed in his most successful albums list.
In June 1994, he released the album, ‘One Foot in the Grave’, which brought him critical acclaim. The album also brought him commercial acknowledgement and made him a part of the mainstream music industry.
In 1996, he came out with the album, ‘Odelay’, which was released under the DGC Records label. The album included the hit singles, ‘Where It's At’, ‘Devils Haircut’, and ‘The New Pollution’.
In November 1998, he released his Grammy Award winning album, ‘Mutations’. The album was not only well reviewed by critics, but it also topped the music charts.
Released in the year 1999, his album, ‘Midnite Vultures’ was one among his albums that explored a variety of musical styles. Though the album did not receive blockbuster success, it was critically acclaimed.
In September 2002, he released his album titled, ‘Sea Change’, which had simple lyrical content as opposed to his earlier albums. The album received good reviews.
On March 29, 2005, he came out with the alternative rock album titled, ‘Guero’, which was released under the Interscope Records label. This was one of his immensely successful albums.
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In 2006, he came out with the album, ‘The Information’, which was released under the Interscope Records label. The album featured the singles, ‘Elevator Music’ and ‘Think I'm in Love’.
In 2008, he came out with his alternative rock album titled, ‘Modern Guilt’, which included contributed work from artists like singer, Cat Power. The album was successful and peaked at the charts.
In 2013, he is expected to release two new studio albums. While one is a follow-up of ‘Modern Guilt’, the other is on the lines of ‘One Foot in the Grave’.
His 2005 album, ‘Guero’ is regarded as one of his highest charting albums, which sold 868,000 copies in the US alone. The album peaked at the number two position on the Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
His 2006 album, ‘The Information’ was named, ‘24th Best Album of 2006’ on the Rolling Stone magazine. The album peaked at the number seven position on the Billboard 200.
Awards & Achievements
In 1997, he received two Grammy Awards, the first being for the category of ‘Best Rock Vocal Performance – Male’ for the single, ‘Where It's At’. The second was for the category, Best Alternative Music Performance, for ‘Odelay’.
In 2000, he was the recipient of the Grammy Award in the category of ‘Best Alternative Music Performance’ for the album, ‘Mutations’.
Personal Life & Legacy
In 1991, he got into a romantic relationship with Leigh Limon, who is a designer. The couple ended their relationship in the year 2000.
In 2004, he married actress Marissa Ribisi, with whom he has two children. Both of them are believers of Scientology, which they publicly acknowledged in an interview.
This Grammy Award winning American musician is well-known for creating musical collages of a wide range of styles. His recordings encompass various genres, such as folk, funk, soul, hip hop, alternative rock, and country to psychedelia.