BECK'S RECORD CLUB : The Velvet Underground & Nico
You might've read that Beck has recently set himself the unenviable task of recreating various classic albums, aided only by a few likeminded friends & the skin of his musical teeth, & posting the results in a track-by-track, day-by-day fashion on his freshly overhauled website. Alarmingly, the first LP to get the Beck's Record Club treatment is the V.U.'s unfuckingtouchable fruit-adorned debut. Some of it's fantastic (both "European Son" & "Black Angel's Death Song" are outstanding) & some of it's mere tossed-off flakiness ("There She Goes Again") but if any rockstar is gonna have a crack at reinterpreting such a masterful sequence of songs I'd rather it be Beck Hansen than most (God help us if Noel Gallagher gets wind of this concept!). And, of course, it's a clever way of getting us to check out that flash new website innit? Conveniently, some forward-thinking, anonymous Robin Hood-type has posted all 11 Beck jams as a single file. No idea how long this'll hang around (as long as it takes for the cease & desist e-mail to appear in their inbox I 'spose) so, erm, form a disorderly queue, etc...
Future Record Club sessions will focus on Skip Spence's Oar (recorded in collaboration with Wilco) & Beck's own Modern Guilt (with Devendra Banhart, MGMT & others), it says 'ere.