Remember that song back in the early '90s? "Soy ... un perdedor /
I'm a loser, baby / So why don't you kill me?" That's Beck and his breakout "Loser" from 1993 — a song where rap, sitar, steel guitar and a little Spanish can live together.
It was a surprise mainstream hit, and Beck has continued to surprise his fans ever since — including his new release, Colors. I'm willing to bet few Beck fans would have predicted a big, shiny, accessible pop album. That's how I hear Colors.
In this session, I talk to Beck about how he hears it, and which song his kids saved from the cutting room floor. Plus, we'll dig back into some of the early experiences that shaped Beck's approach — including how the helicopters and hecklers of his East L.A. childhood neighborhood worked their way into 2005's Guero. Hear the complete session with Beck in the player above.