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Beck — Tropicalia
Album: Mutations
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Released: 1998
Length: 3:17
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Oh when they beat
upon a broken guitar
and on the streets
they reek of tropical charms
the embassies lie in hideous shards
Where tourists snore and decay

When they dance in a reptile blaze
You wear a mask, an equatorial haze
Into the past, a colonial maze
Where there's no more confetti to throw

You wouldn't know what to say to yourself
Love is a poverty you couldn't sell
Misery waits in vague hotels
To be evicted

you're out of luck
you're singing funeral songs
to the studs
they're anabolic and bronze
they seem to strut
in their millennial fogs
Till they fall down and deflate

And you wouldn't know what to say to yourself
Love is a poverty you couldn't sell
Misery waits in vague hotels
To be evicted

Oh and now you've had your fun
Under an air-conditioned sun
It's burned into your eyes
Leaves you plain and left behind
Oh see them eyes and fall
Into the jaws of a pestilent love

You wouldn't know what to say to yourself
Love is a poverty you couldn't sell
Misery waits in vague hotels
To be a victim
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Oh yeah!
I say 'yeh yeh'! What goes around comes around.
 Brasil
I can now appropriately identify the "squeaky straw" sound as the cuica. I have learned something interesting or useful, so today is a good day.
{#Devil_pimp}ola
 skyian wrote:
BTO - Looking Out for Number One.

 
Different chord progression, but there are hundreds of other songs with this bossa nova beat.
I think David Byrne does the tropical thing in English better...but that doesn't mean it works for me
 Segue wrote:
genius and dweeb squared
 
oh wait

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4_0Pt3HAR8
Better done by Alan Price and Georgie Fame a long, long time ago.
{#Bananajam}{#Kiss}{#Drunk}{#Bananapiano}
{#Bananasplit} {#Bounce} {#Bananasplit}
I just saw this performed on an old Saturday Night Live and it was pretty much exactly this performance. Maybe not note for note, but he had a pretty large crowd of musicians playing this piece. It may not be judged as his most profound work, but they were tight.
R2D2? Is that you?
genius and dweeb squared
 skyian wrote:
BTO - Looking Out for Number One.

 
Good call dude
BTO - Looking Out for Number One.
This is the Disney-fied version of "tropical" music ! A straight "1" for Beck.
 Dosequis wrote:
That fake slurring/low/mumbling voice is funny. I mean come on!?! Really?

 
I'm starting to get the feeling you don't like Beck, for some reason.
That fake slurring/low/mumbling voice is funny. I mean come on!?! Really?
 Proclivities wrote:

It's not.  This whole album was played by live musicians; I believe that was part of his point with this album.

 
.....but it sounds canned.
Samba for Friday. Ingenious! Shaking my bootey on the cubicle chair. {#Moon}
c'mon! Don't be a hater!  I am diggin' it :-)
 {#Daisy}
drivingunit103 wrote:


...ditto

 


Love Beck. Jeff Beck that is. Really dislike this dweeb.
 Sturff wrote:
Love the Cheese!

Agree. :-)

I kinda don't think Beck took this as his magnum opus. Just dig it.


WOW his guy is the worst!  
Tropicalia was the trippy Brazilian musical movement started by, among others, Os Mutantes (The Mutants) thus "Mutations" eh (see what he did there)?
sounds canned.....{#Naughty}
Segue into "Just Another Day" Oingo Boingo....
 mellery wrote:
Man, I just hate Beck.
 

...ditto
Man, I just hate Beck.
Feels like playing a video game!

 
Sturff wrote:
Love the Cheese!
 


Love the Cheese!
Some Beck I like. This is cheeseriffic!
 Jelani wrote:

That's some funny "shit". :)
 
Southerners are great yarn-spinners.  I have always been envious. 
 C57BL6 wrote:
Great music for writing grants about mutations! I feel misfolded...
 
May your paylines be high and your mice be nice
 ziakut wrote:
A hint of Sergio Mendes from the late 60s. Brazil '66.
 
The first part reminds me of "Popsicle Toes" by Michael Franks
A hint of Sergio Mendes from the late 60s. Brazil '66.
It's Brazil, zil, zil!!
when I hear this, all I can hear is The Sims.
Great music for writing grants about mutations! I feel misfolded...
Sounds like Brian Protheroe's Enjoy It.
Yup — now, THOSE are some amazing artists, masters of that sublime and sinuous groove that line and enliven my collection but I sure would LOVE to hear them here on RP...

 
4merdj wrote:
Nice ... but not close to the Tropicalismo of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, et alia ... closer to Samba+World Music ... {#Devil_pimp}
 


 NPat wrote:
Imagine how terrible it would be if you were stuck in an elevator and this was playing on an endless loop.
 
You'd dance yourself senseless!!!

brazilian inspiration
 Hannio wrote:


That just shows what google knows.  As a small boy living in the backwoods and hollers of Pflugerville and Hutto, we would entertain ourselves for hours playing the cloacao (alternate spelling).  It is a very versatile instrument, capable of a variety of friccative sounds, depending on the labial dexterity of the musician.  The trick was to find a bird with suitable physical characteristics from which to make the instrument.  Turkey vultures and other buzzards made the best.  Some of my more squeamish friends would just use cups and straws from Dairy Queen, instead, but it just wasn't the same.
 
That's some funny "shit". :)
 NPat wrote:
Imagine how terrible it would be if you were stuck in an elevator and this was playing on an endless loop.
 
Is there any song which would make that scenario pleasant?  I can certainly think of hundreds of songs which would be far worse than this.  Good tune.



I hear this and I can only think of playing The Sims.
Imagine how terrible it would be if you were stuck in an elevator and this was playing on an endless loop.
After a good meal, if I touch my belly with a wet finger, it just sounds like the beginning of this song.{#Lol}
Nice ... but not close to the Tropicalismo of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, et alia ... closer to Samba+World Music ... {#Devil_pimp}
Good old Beck {#Music}
Reminds me of Michael Franks ....
"And when she asks me if everything is ok

I give the answer, the only thing i could say

I say yeah, that's what i say, I say yeah"
An excellent transition from Gorillaz. This is the tripe trip. This 60's rehash adds nothing with loops and electronic drums. Ugh. A great example of a 1.
Yikes.
Sickly song   {#Neutral}
 apd wrote:

Don't you think he looks like Michael Cera? The photo on the sleeve of Sea Change is uncanny.
 

Oh crap. Now I have a mental image of Beck starring opposite Ellen Page in "Juno." Beck as pedophile. Thanks a bunch. I'll NEVER get that out of my head.
Makes me think back to Basement Jaxx wistfully. {#Cry}
great CD
I'm still looking for the genre he hasn't co-opted and thoroughly mastered. Klezmer maybe...
Vampire Weekend "Holiday"

Beck "Tropicalia"

...could Weezer's "Island in the Sun" be next?
 smdeeg wrote:

A search on the Big G of "Cloacaco" only comes up with your post.  (Hey, you're famous on Google!)  Different spelling maybe?  It sounds like a low pitched cuica to me.

 

That just shows what google knows.  As a small boy living in the backwoods and hollers of Pflugerville and Hutto, we would entertain ourselves for hours playing the cloacao (alternate spelling).  It is a very versatile instrument, capable of a variety of friccative sounds, depending on the labial dexterity of the musician.  The trick was to find a bird with suitable physical characteristics from which to make the instrument.  Turkey vultures and other buzzards made the best.  Some of my more squeamish friends would just use cups and straws from Dairy Queen, instead, but it just wasn't the same.


A fine choice from le collection du Beckus...
Beck has so many sounds...........I LOVE HIM....and I mean I would marry him....{#Bananajumprope}
Thank god!  The last 4-5 songs in a row were just terrible.  Nice to finally get out of that rut.
 fuh2 wrote:
Beck looks too boyish or small  to be so good.
 
Don't you think he looks like Michael Cera? The photo on the sleeve of Sea Change is uncanny.


 markoirl wrote:
The horns toward the end remind me of the "Are you being served?" theme.
 
Oh, good call. "Ground floor: lingerie, going up."
Always liked that horn sound...

 JoBo wrote:
Michael Franks
Oh h*ll no!

Bill does have one MF cut in the library, but thankfully it's not "Popsicle Toes"!
Ah yes, the Bossa Nova with Musical Cloacaco sounds!  Marvey — simply Marvey

The horns toward the end remind me of the "Are you being served?" theme.


Apparently this hours playlist has been designed to annoy me.{#Frustrated}
 Misterfixit wrote:
Authentic! I hear the Cloacaco played in the background. I've described the Cloacaco before .. a very interesting musical instrument indeed .... capable of all kinds of marvelous sounds ...
 
A search on the Big G of "Cloacaco" only comes up with your post.  (Hey, you're famous on Google!)  Different spelling maybe?  It sounds like a low pitched cuica to me.

JoBo wrote:  Michael Franks

~~~~
 
Only Beck doesn't sound wimpy, as does MF.



 agbar713 wrote:
$cientology IS A CULT!
 

Of which Cruise and Travolta are also members. So what... you're never going to view any of their movies? I personally don't agree with the views, opinions, morality, or politics of many popular artists. That doesn't prevent me from enjoying their work, however.

The exception is when I pay to attend a concert and am subjected to their line of patter "from the pulpit." The last time that happened (Ray Manzarek), I requested—and got—two free passes to a future event from the venue promoter.

 JoBo wrote:
Michael Franks
 
Absolutely...I hear it too. 

Beck looks too boyish or small  to be so good.
 Frater_Kork wrote:
All hail Beck, king of the ecclectic. Always playing outside the box.
 
{#Notworthy} {#Notworthy} {#Notworthy}


Am I the only one hearing, " Donovan," here?
Michael Franks
Sounds more like just sounds to me.I like music!
The breadth and depth of Beck's musical knowledge (cue deeply reverbed Top 40 deejay, "College of Musical Knowledge!") is astonishing. Who compares? Stevie Wonder, Bruce, Prince, Brian Wilson, John & Paul, Les Paul—not a terribly long list, eh? Openly invite additions, BTW. Back to Beck, his execution is flawless. I mean, really, who in the end cares whether he's a scientologist or not?
agbar713 wrote:

$cientology IS A CULT! 



Of course it is, but that's beside the point — Beck is brilliant regardless. Christianity is a cult (heck, they do ritual symbolic cannibalism every Sunday) but Bach and the other great liturgical composer/accompanists were nonetheless brilliant.

For what it's worth, Beck was born into Scientology, i.e. didn't choose it freely.


$cientology IS A CULT! :ass:
OldFrenchie wrote:
Not for Beck. Rumour has it he sleeps with a bat under his bed in case I stop by his place in the middle of the night.
So you like to visit men in the middle of the night?
OldFrenchie wrote:
I would totally waste him in a fight.
You hadn't noticed you're already wasted, idiot comment.
Authentic! I hear the Cloacaco played in the background. I've described the Cloacaco before .. a very interesting musical instrument indeed .... capable of all kinds of marvelous sounds ...
timc wrote:
Is there anything Beck can't do?
If you like this tune, go to the source and start grooving.
Wilmshurst wrote:
The Beck from Ipanema!!!
I would say Beck from Os Mutantes. As far as I know, he made this album using as direct inspiration Brazilian 60's and 70's political musical movement Tropicália. Os Mutantes was a highly prolific rock and roll group from late 60's early 70's, directly related to the Tropicália movement through their relationships with singers Gilberto Gil, presently a congressman and chief of the ministry of culture, and Caetano Veloso. That's why Beck titled his album Mutations. But of course there's much more in the album and the reference to bossa nova in the song Tropicália is clear. Beck is just showing how sophisticated he is and also making a deft blend of Brazilian most acclaimed musical styles with his own ability to insert his personality. Wonderful album!
Hey, I wanna go to a reptile place! :motor:
Funky!
Fresca Bossa Nova?
Wilmshurst wrote:
The Beck from Ipanema!!!
Is of course the correct answer. Advance to the top of the class :clap:
andrewe wrote:
That must be very comforting.
Not for Beck. Rumour has it he sleeps with a bat under his bed in case I stop by his place in the middle of the night.
OldFrenchie wrote:
I would totally waste him in a fight.
That must be very comforting.
I would totally waste him in a fight.
Cool, he's using the squeaky balloon. :dance:
The beginning sounded like a song from Eddie Harris.
pksgorilla wrote:
Top song off his best album :notworthy:
I agree on both counts.
One of my favorite Beck tunes. I love when it drops into the backbeat at the end. Super funky!!
Is there anything Beck can't do?
I will say thank you for a repeat of that set Shesdifferent wrote:
Perfect switch to an awesome set!! Beck - Tropicalia Cat Power - Cross Bones Style he Shins - Spilt Needles Hooverphonic - Renaissance Affair Aromabar - Velvet Nights Faithless - Evergreen Catherine Wheel - Fripp King Crimson - Walking On Air Tama - Ta'aba
The Beck from Ipanema!!!
Great syncopated rhythm! :dancingbanana:
All hail Beck, king of the ecclectic. Always playing outside the box.
Yeah!! :dance:
Perfect switch to an awesome set!! Beck - Tropicalia Cat Power - Cross Bones Style he Shins - Spilt Needles Hooverphonic - Renaissance Affair Aromabar - Velvet Nights Faithless - Evergreen Catherine Wheel - Fripp King Crimson - Walking On Air Tama - Ta'aba
I use this song as an introductory when exposing friends of mine to the wonderful sounds of Beck.
bigB_3 wrote:
Try actually going into the venue to see the show. The sound, show, and climate were all perfect.
So we have a difference in opinion. Any indication that I was there for the venue? Save your petty judgments for people you know instead of showing your ass to everyone here.
Fan of Beck, but not of this song.
good loard. it's growing on me.
had me bopping away as soon as I walked into the office... nice!
jbtidwell wrote:
I am a huge Beck fan, but I have to say the show in Atlanta last week was a huge disapointment... the sound was horrible and it was at least 100 degrees. The puppets were very cool though!
Try actually going into the venue to see the show. The sound, show, and climate were all perfect.
:dancingbanana:
sounds like "looking out for number one"
I am a huge Beck fan, but I have to say the show in Atlanta last week was a huge disapointment... the sound was horrible and it was at least 100 degrees. The puppets were very cool though!
Xeric wrote:
A grad-school buddy of mine has tried repeatedly to convince me that Beck is a genius. The more I hear of it, the more inclined I am to believe that my buddy is a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Sappy, repetitive, vapid music. Yuck.
Was your friend a scientologist?
ditto ... (double ditto as i am not the first to reply to this comment) he has never done much for me .. handyrae wrote:
Beck's on my list of artists I just don't get. Can't say I hate him or anything, I just don't see what people see in him. To my mind he's a solid 5-- worthy of neither turning up nor down the speakers.
Always loved this album. This song seems like a lighter spot on an otherwise somewhat bleaker album.
:bananapiano:
Yay!! :dancingbanana:
This is my favorite and colorful beck :bananajam: s album