The Beck Oeuvre #17: Arabian Nights

“Arabian Nights”! Classic Beck Vultures weirdness. I wanted to point everyone to the interview Beck did with Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast, where he said this song was inspired by them. I couldn’t find it on the web though: here’s the relevant part which I’d quoted over on Ghost:

“I’m gonna send you a B-side that I did a couple years ago that was very influenced by ATLiens. It’s called “Arabian Nights”.” He then said it was his tribute to them.

I’m still waiting for Beck and Outkast to collaborate!


[15:50:58] arabian nights: i always wish this was the song from aladdin
[15:51:03] Oh I come from a land, from a faraway place
Where the caravan camels roam
Where it’s flat and immense
And the heat is intense
It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home
[15:51:16] Arabian nights
Like Arabian days
More often than not
Are hotter than hot
In a lot of good ways
[15:54:34] actually this song’s pretty badass as it is. just not as badass as aladdin
[15:55:14] it taught us all about lazer vizaginal rejuvination


Next up: “Are U Positive?”!!

7 Responses to “The Beck Oeuvre #17: Arabian Nights”

  1. breathmint says:

    Amazing pictogram!

  2. mellow says:

    fo shizzle

    as snoop would say this track is some ill-tastic shiznit.

  3. l says:

    This song is so Ass Junk’n like turduck’n

  4. mikeC says:

    Sweet, one of my favorite bek songs. A joy to listen and sing to.
    So many good visual lines in here, hockey players passed out in government limos. awesome awesome song.

  5. rcaedic says:

    This is one song that really gets to me. I love the beats and the humor, I am particularly fond of the voices and attitude of Beck’s alter-ego…but mostly, I love that hypnotic chorus. It just fills my head and heart and takes me away like I’m filled with helium. The ending, suddenly stripped down to guitar and crickets and slowly picking up other band sounds, showcases an attribute of Beck’s that’s endearing to me: the sudden change of feeling or sound in a song that still works, and works well (the way Sunday Sun falls apart at the end, for another instance right off the top of my head). This is one song I don’t tire of listening to over and over, and never fails to amuse me.

  6. Chables says:

    This, in my opinion, is quite possibly the most epic sounding song ever written by anyone ever.

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