Pink Noise (Rock Me Amadeus)
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

  1. Pink Noise (Rock Me Amadeus) (2:57)
    Available on Stereopathetic Soulmanure and 1 other release.
    Anna Waronker: Bass
    Rachel Haden: Drums
    Tom Grimley: Engineer, Producer
    Beck Hansen: Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Pink Noise (Rock Me Amadeus) [Version (a)]:

The tortures, the torment
Pink noise, delicious
The danger, the victims
Demeaning religion

She rides, she rolls
Olympic control
Her bricks assaultin'
The wrestlers are rotten
The Song:

"Pink Noise" can be found on Beck's 1994 album, Stereopathetic Soulmanure. Beck has a handful of punk songs like this in his early career: a few are also on Stereopathetic, some on Mellow Gold.

The melody in "Pink Noise" comes from the guitar, as opposed to the vocals, which are shouted fairly incoherently. About halfway through, the song descends into some noisy chaos. Beck adds breakdowns like to this to many of his songs (ie. "Canceled Check," "Novacane"), but this is one of his earliest examples.

I see no literal reason for the parenthetical reference to one-hit wonder Falco's one hit from the '80s, "Rock Me Amadeus" besides random silliness, which is good enough. I like to think of the first half of the song (the punk part) as "Pink Noise," and the second half breakdown as "Rock Me Amadeus."

Played live once:
June 27, 1994

The only live version I am aware of is from June 27 1994, in Chicago. I'd guess that Beck played it at other shows around the time. The jam was fairly similar to the record, and the band got to have fun doing the noisy ending. Unfortunately (to me anyway), it was still difficult to discern the lyrics.