In 1994 when Beck Hansen scored a
commercial hit with "Loser," the media and many
popular artists at the time labeled Beck as a one-hit wonder.
Very few artists embraced Beck at that time; Mike
D though was an exception. To the viewer at home watching
Mike D and Beck appear together on shows like MTVs
120 Minutes and Squirt TV it seemed like the two had formed
a really strong bond. One could speculate that Mike D, who
survived the chaotic era of "Fight for Your Right (to
Party)," was in fact preparing Beck for what would
soon come after the novelty of "Loser" wore off.
Even though MTV had the music video for "Loser"
in heavy rotation, Beck openly admitted in various interviews
that the song was old and he was already involved with creating
different sounding material.
That different sounding material
evolved into his phenomenal 1996 album Odelay. The
benefit of having been classified as a one-hit wonder was
that there was no pressure to repeat. This freedom enabled
Beck to take the necessary time and effort to work with
the Dust Brothers in the
same manner that the Beastie Boys did when Pauls
Boutique had been created. The result of the Becks
labor was the closest thing Beastie Boys fans have to a
Pauls Boutique sequel. Layered heavy with samples
and the Dust Brothers now infamous wall of sound technique,
Odelay sold beyond expectations and was attracting
Beastie Boys fans by the masses. Having created his own
very dedicated fan base, Beck went on to release Mutations
(1998) and Midnite Vultures (1999).
Most people do not realize that Mario
Caldato, Jr. and Money Mark
Nishita both worked on Odelay. Money Mark gets
mentioned in the liner notes under "thanks to:"
but was one of the albums uncredited musicians. Mario
C, on the other hand, is credited with production on "Minus"
which was recorded in the Beastie Boys G-Son Studio.
And if that was not enough Grand Royal influence, it should
be mentioned that Mark Kates
was Becks A&R man at the time (1996).
Beck has come full circle with his
2005 release of Guero. The first single, "E-Pro",
gives a songwriting credit to the Beastie Boys because it
features a sample from "So What'cha Want." In
addition to the Beastie Boys, the entire album was produced
by the Dust Brothers and features Money Mark on a few tracks