wasn't down with the idea that he interview himself. So he let Jeff
Johnson ask the questions. Sucker.
idea is a little narcissistic, you know what I mean?" Beck said
as he bounced the ball back into our court. He was on his bus outside
Chicago, touring in support of his R&B orgy Midnite Vultures.
Beck mulled these questions over like a game-show contestant. As he
frequently paused and laughed, I felt like asking, "is that your
you ever get really depressed?
Definitely. I'm probably too serious in my life. My music allows me
to be stupid and foolish. It's an outlet for me in that way.
what bums you out?
Being in a position where you have to please people. Especially when
you're on the road. A lot of times you're put on the spot and expected
to be something you're not.
Ahh, it depends on who you're talking to. Some journalists set up
this letdown, and you won't be adequate.
there a recurring nightmare that haunts you?
I have a lot of nightmares when I'm on the road. Sometimes when you're
performing you churn up some things that are recessed deep, and they'll
come out in dreams and you'll just wake up grinding your teeth and
swearing. But I never really remember what the dreams are about, they're
just completely awkward, disturbing situations.
you're onstage and nothing works?
That happens to me all the time. I don't need to dream about it. One
of the first things you learn onstage is to keep things afloat and
forge ahead, despite the boat sinking.
"Sexx Laws" on Midnite Vultures, you sing "I'm a fullgrown
man but I'm not afraid to cry." Is that true?
I don't need to cry so much. I think whatever you let loose with crying,
I let loose with singing. I tend to be the one who wants ... I'm trying
to say this without sounding too touchy-feely. I'm usually the one
who's better at comforting the person who's crying, you know?
a boyhood experience that made a lasting impression on you.
I remember having a dream that there were all these loud cannons and
these really violent sounds. Then when I woke up, I went out and there
were all these bloody bandages all over the sidewalk. Me and my brother
were playing with them. Later I found out some guy got gunned down
with a machine gun. I guess the grisly things stick in your mind.
Other experiences besides that ... just getting a bus pass and riding
crosstown, with nowhere to go. Checking out the people. Feeling mobile.
L.A. is a place where you need a car, so getting that $4 bus pass
was the ticket.
should never be uttered on a first date?
I'm not good at the protocols of dating. [Laughs] I'm not really experienced
in that. My girlfriend is my second or third girlfriend. I think in
the past none of us really knew when we were "dating"-we
were just hanging out and doing things. I didn't go to high school
so I missed the prom.
you ever been on the "good ship menage a trois"?
No, I haven't. I don't know why I put that in a song ["Peaches
and Cream"]. I don't know why I wrote this whole album. At the
time it seemed like the thing to write about.
Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit: Are we heading down the savage-music highway
I love music that's savage. I don't know if I think of that music
as savage, though. I think it impinges. There's a difference. Like
a meal that's sadistically spicy: It can still be spicy and make your
mouth burn, but does it taste good or are you just feeling it burn
do our VJs rate in all this? They're pretty sterile these days. Carson
Daly is like Robert Young from Father Knows Best.
In a way, it is an update on 1952, where people just wanted to get
the creature comforts and convenience. Everybody works so much harder
these days. The little time you get to yourself you just want to go
into suspended animation, and not have to think any thoughts. Some
people venture for something a little more dangerous. I try to make
my time-the time I have for myself-be not as blank.
we be concerned if a teenage singer's breasts are real or not? [Note
from Jeff: No one is referring to you-know-who.]
It's a turnoff for me, but I can't make any judgment. People gotta
do what they gotta do to make themselves feel good. Ultimately the
question is, how does that affect kids? I've met so many teenagers
who are so success-oriented. It's disturbing. When I was 14, I was
fairly clueless about the workings of the world. I guess with each
generation, it's a gradual scale of maturity. They're harder to impress.
How can you compete with a multilevel, interactive death-anddestruction
that why a computerized voice says "thank you" at the end
of a song on Midnite Vultures?
It just fell in there. When I'm laying down a song, I'm laying down
dozens of tracks. Then it's a process of elimination, and that was
just left there at the end. Actually it says "fuck you."
Which is more, I thought, of a rock 'n' roll moment than a computer
moment. But don't tell anybody, 'cause then we'll get a sticker.
somebody heard your music in a sensory-deprivation tank, what would
They would feel molested.