Colour Coordinated
By: Beck Hansen
Written by: Beck Hansen

Live Versions:
  1. Colour Coordinated
Colour Coordinated [Live version (a)]:

[None. This is an instrumental.]
The Song:

"Colour Coordinated" is an instrumental that was played as a bridge between various songs during concerts in 1994. Interestingly, it was almost always the second song in the set.

The song begins with some swirling dual-guitar distortion (with Beck on lead), before crashing into some metal guitar riffage. It switches gears again with a more pleasant, calmer coda.

Played live 11 times:
Earliest known live version: June 27, 1994
Latest known live version: November 28, 1994

The version played on June 29 1994, is the best one I've heard. The band gives it a solid thrashing, and it fits quite naturally between "Corvette Bummer" and "Fuckin with My Head." At this point, most of what Beck played on stage was very grunge-y, so they knew what they were doing with this song.

The song was an odd inclusion during the set on JJJ radio in Australia on August 22 1994. The contrast between the fast metal section and the slower coda was quite pronounced, and the sound quality of the recording (radio) makes it worth checking out. Later, the tune would sometimes segue immediately into "Fume."

Beck introduced the song on November 5 1994, by saying, "We'd like to put on our boots and shake some ass." Somewhat misleading, as this is one of the least groovy songs Beck has played.

Beck finally introduced the song with the title "Color Coordinated" on November 28 1994. By now the performance had become pretty standard, but the band still clearly enjoyed jamming on it.