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“When you say ‘state’ you mean ‘national.’ National Socialism. That is what Mussolini and Hitler did. National Socialism. State Capitalism. They’ve changed the name.”

 

Beck

“Every time you go in, it’s like starting over.You don’t know how you did the other records.You’re learning all over.It’s some weird musician amnesia, or maybe the road wipes it out.”

 

Beck

“I never had any expectations of winning a Grammy. It wasn’t something I was set on, that I was hoping and praying and starving for.”

 

Beck

“I’ve personally reached the point where the sound of MP3s are so uncompelling, because so much is lost in translation.”

 

Beck

“Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother’s face, her aspect and her attitude.”

 

Beck

“I think it’s interesting being American, the expectations for an American guy, and the image that has to be projected. ‘Oh, I can’t wear pink,’ that kind of stuff. There’s none of that in Europe.”

 

Beck

“Every band I knew or played with had flyers and properly-recorded demos and contacts; I couldn’t even get a gig.”

 

Beck

“Most of my early records were not cohesive at all, just collections of demos recorded in different years. ‘Odelay’ was the first time I actually got to go in the studio and record a piece of music in a continuous linear fashion, although that was written over a year.”

 

Beck

“The years keep going by and you realize, Wow. Doing these records is such a process: going on tour for a year and a half, then you get home and you want to do other things.”

 

Beck

“Growing up, a film was an action film or it was a comedy or it was romantic, but you don’t really see such stark lines between genres nowadays.”

 

Beck

“It’s hard to make music knowing that it’s not going to be received by the listener in the way that it should be.”

 

Beck

“You can’t please everybody, man.”

 

Beck

“In Japan, you get on the bullet train or the airplane, and I loved the little speeches the stewardesses would do. They even do little speeches before you play gigs.”

 

Beck

“I have for four years now been ringing the bell. Economic Holocaust is coming. Economic day of reckoning is coming.”

 

Beck

“There are plenty of Minutemen. People willing to be Minutemen. Where are the people that want to be George Washington? Where are the Benjamin Franklins? Where is Sam Adams? Where is John Adams?”

 

Beck

“Sometimes things in life take a few years to digest, and they find their way into the work later on. Sometimes I’m writing about things from eight years ago-they just took a long time to distill and come out in the appropriate way.”

 

Beck

“Especially in music, you wonder, Okay, should I still be doing this? Like, are you overstaying your welcome at the party? But I don’t know.”

 

Beck

“I don’t remember half of the new bands, though – and I think that’s kind of where we’re going. It’s turning into just a big derby of songs. May the best song win.”

 

Beck

“My whole generation’s mission is to kill the cliche…it’s one of the reasons a lot of my generation are always on the fence about things. They’re afraid to commit to anything for fear of seeming like a cliche. They’re afraid to commit to their lives because they see so much of the world as a cliche.”

 

Beck