“Timebomb” was nominated for a Grammy award, in best solo rock vocal performance. Beck’s competition is Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, and John Cougar Mellencamp!
Let’s play “connect-the-artists”!
It was reported a number of years ago that there was going to be an Allen Ginsburg Unplugged episode, and his band was supposed to include Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Beck. Ginsburg died before it could happen. I am not sure if this was a rumor that hit the news or actual plans were under way for it to happen. Also, McCartney has used Nigel Godrich as his producer a few times, like Beck. Beck semi-goofed on the song “Hey Jude” once on stage; and claims he played when he busked as a kid.
At one of Neil Young’s Bridge School Concerts, Beck shared a bill with Bruce Springsteen, ending the night on stage with him (and a million other famous people), singing “Rockin’ In The Free World.”
Both Springsteen and Mellencamp inspired “Heartland Feeling, a song borne out of a meeting with Bruce’s manager who wanted Beck to tap into a “heartland, Mellen-type of feeling.”
I can’t think of much for Lucinda Williams, besides both Beck and she have covered Nick Drake’s “Which Will.”
Have a good day, class!