1000BPM
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

Versions:
  1. 1000BPM (2:30)
    Available on The Information and 2 other releases.
    Credits
    Sean Davis: Bass
    Nigel Godrich: Mix, Producer
    Beck Hansen: Vocals
 
Lyrics:
1000BPM [Version (a)]:

Electronic eye vision, astromagnetic
Corrupted files from galactical planets
Write a new genetic code
Thoughts get transported
From neanderthal skulls
To digital food malls
Telemarketing people
With cellular headsets on their skulls
Selling you wisdom
From a plexiglass prism
Biochemical jism
Hits you with its rhythm
They act like Earth
Was a terrestrial prison
A zoo for humans
Put their cities into ruins
Now we can feel what we're doin'
Renew the stratosphere in plastic
Wonder out aloud, spastic
What else can the dust try to tell us?

Comin' to you
One thousand beats per minute
Comin' to you
One thousand beats per minute
Comin' to you
One thousand beats per minute
Comin' to you
One thousand beats per minute

Categorize the antichrist
With credentials
And a backstage pass
Gasoline in a flask
Tried to pull off his mask
But there was really a face
Repackaged meat from a plant
Security cameras strapped to his back
Failed prescriptions, antidotes
Media in a quarantine submission
Consultants revoke their souls
With unanimous votes
Portions of the proceeds
Go to chainstore victims
In remission conditions
With remodeled kitchens

Comin' to you
One thousand beats per minute
Comin' to you
One thousand beats per minute
Comin' to you
One thousand beats per minute
Comin' to you
One thousand beats per minute
 
The Song:

"1000BPM" was first heard on stage, when Beck would play the album recording during encore breaks of his concerts on the Guero tour. (His band would usually dance around in bear costumes during it.)

Then after a bit, it was revealed to be on The Information, where it is one of a few surreal, bizarre raps of the album.

Beck's calm voice raps the hyper lyrics over lots of hyper percussion and scratches. It almost feels like Beck and Nigel made the recording as imperfect as possible, with all sorts of effects mixed in to fuck it up. The bassline throbs, Beck's vocals are hardly clear and he stumbles through it too. This combination of human effort and mechanical technology seems to be at the heart of both this song, as well as a main theme of The Information.

I mean, don't get me wrong. I'm sure Beck would be appalled if I went too deep into this song in particular. As he described it himself, "I was rapping about crazy hallucinogenic things. You can't help getting surreal when doing stream-of-consciousness raps."

But regardless, this almost post-apocalyptic sci-fi landscape was one Beck explored with some frequency on The Information, a world where humans and technology are mixed together, and indistinguishable, and everyone is left wondering "what else can the dust tell us?" (i.e., the information).
 
Live:

Played live 32 times:
Earliest known live version: May 24, 2006
Latest known live version: April 8, 2007

Even though the above stats say this song has been played live thirty times, it actually has not been performed at all.

The album recording of the song was regularly played at the beginning of encores, while two of Beck's band run around on stage in bear suits, pretending to rap the song, climbing instruments, and humping each other (see picture at the top).

So technically, "1000BPM" has never been played live with the band. It might show up once or twice on our setlists when a line or two was ad-libbed into the show, but 99% of the live list is the album recording.
 
Videos

Official, starring LeatherMan and bears



Unofficial with Legos