Shriek of the Week: Beck, “I Just Started Hating Some People Today”
T-3 days until Beck hits New York City! In honor of those two shows, my Shriek of the Week is a stand-alone single that Beck released before his latest album Morning Phase, called “I Just Started Hating Some People Today“. For anyone who listened to Morning Phase and wished they got a little of the weird, funny, Midnite Vultures-era Beck, instead of brooding Sea Change-era Beck, this song is for you.
“I Just Started Hating Some People Today” was put on out on 7″ vinyl through Third Man Records, i.e. the Jack White record label. It features White assisting with some background vocals and he also produced the song. The B-side is called “Blue Randy” and features White on drums. “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” is a really unusual song (which I suppose is usual for Beck), starting out as an old-school country song that suddenly switches up into hardcore punk, until finally ending as a funky jam. Country, punk and funk, with a lot of humor mixed in – Beck in a nutshell.
According to Third Man, the two songs were recorded in 2011 while Beck was in Nashville working on new material for his long awaited next album [my note: long-awaited then, it wouldn’t come out for 3 more years]. The songs spontaneously came together at the Third Man studio on Beck’s final day in town. The release became part of the Blue Series, a series of 7″ records from singers and bands that are traveling through Nashville, who are invited to stop by to record one or two songs at Third Man Studio to be produced by Jack White. The cover photos are taken in Third Man’s “blue room” photo studio/live venue. Blue Series artists cover a wide spectrum of musicians, including Tom Jones, Insane Clown Posse, Stephen Colbert with the Black Belles, and Jeff the Brotherhood. But no combination is as potent as Beck and White. (There is also a small Green Series with spoken word records.)
Listen to “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” here. 3 days until the shows!