Little Beck Hansen seems to have really arrived. The cover of SPIN, the
cover of Rolling Stone (where he slags the SPIN cover, nice
touch), a million-selling album... So what's next? No, he's not going to
Disneyland, he's going to Remixland.
Joining the ranks of Bjork and the
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the diminutive showman will be releasing a remix
album later this year that will feature a number of previously unreleased and
European-only rewrites of the hits from his Grammy-winning album Odelay.
Scheduled for inclusion are a Lloyd ("Lawdy Miss Clawdy") Price mix of
"Where It's At," also retouched by the Dust Brothers, fifth Beastie Boy Mario
Caldato and U.N.K.L.E., Jon Spencer's version of "Disko Box," which was
included only on the European version of Odelay, and the Noel Gallagher and
Aphex Twin re-engineering of "Devil's Haircut."
The still-untitled set
will also contain a mix of the falsetto slow jam that didn't make it onto the
album that Beck's been playing in the encore portion of his shows. According to
a source at his label, DGC, the remixes are all in the can and the only hold-up
is the clearance of all the samples, which could delay the planned summer
release until early fall.
Just how large is Beck living these days? Well,
a source told us that the singer, (who turned down a fat sum from a beer
company that wanted to use "Where It's At" in a cheesy commercial), was
recently asked to do a photo shoot for one of those highly-suggestive milk
mustache ads, although his people said they "weren't even sure if he drinks
Beck, of course, wouldn't be the first rocker to splash moo juice on
his upper lip. That distinction falls to those wacky Van Halen brothers, who
can currently be seen covered in milk in an ad, which could turn rancid when
David Lee Roth finally finishes the biography he's currently working on.