11.6.45 [Version (a)]:
It's November 5, 1945 and we
Went up to it, back to the house
And watched MTV and playing Pac-Man
And felt really gross and
All the kids were diseased
Giant airplanes, uh, crashing
Underneath electromagnetic fuse
Guys with flamethrowers melting
Taco trucks were crashed
And sausage meat all over
Sasquatch was eating a burrito
This is the second tape extract on Stereopathetic
. Here's how Beck's explained these snippets (Record Collector
, Dec 2002):
RC: What's the story behind the little spoken word interludes where it sounds like a little kid talking about stuff.
Beck: I had a microcassette recorder and I was fooling around one day and I started talking into it making up stories and then hit 'stop' by mistake and had to start again but it sounded great the way it just cut off, the way the kid was talking and then it had a high-speed mode and I sort of just discovered this character and I just started telling stories into it like it was a diary.
So I started using it [during] my shows, I'd talk about this kid and I'd found this tape and this was his diary, and use little snippets between songs. A couple of them made it onto that record, I had a whole cassette full and I played it at a show in Seattle around that time and someone jumped up on stage after I'd left the stage and grabbed the tape recorder. All those stories are lost, but a couple of them survived on that record.
If whoever stole that tape could please contact me
, that'd be great. ;-)