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Odelay

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Odelay is a 1996 (see 1996 in music) album by indie rocker Beck. The album peaked at #16 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. After the mainstream success of "Loser", Odelay included several new hit singles, including "Where It's At", "Devil's Haircut" and "The New Pollution", which expanded his audience considerably.

Odelay won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1997. It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.

The album's unusual cover photo, which appears to show a mop jumping over a hurdle, is actually a real photo of a Komondor, a rare breed of dog with thick matted hair.

The name Odelay was inadvertently invented by a sound engineer who was working on the album. He misheard the Mexican slang word "Órale" in one of the songs as "Odelay" and transcribed it as such. Beck liked the name, and used it.

In 1998 Q magazine readers voted Odelay the 51st greatest album of all time. It is number 305 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Voters in Channel 4's 2005 "100 Greatest Albums" poll placed it at number 73.

Track listing

All tracks written by Beck / John King / Michael Simpson.

  1. "Devil's Haircut" - 3:13
  2. "Hotwax" - 3:52
  3. "Lord Only Knows" - 4:14
  4. "The New Pollution" - 3:39
  5. "Derelict" - 4:11
  6. "Novacane" - 4:38
  7. "Jack-Ass" - 4:00
  8. "Where It's At" - 5:25
  9. "Minus" - 2:32
  10. "Sissyneck" - 4:02
  11. "Readymade" - 2:43
  12. "High 5 (Rock the Catskills)" - 4:10
  13. "Ramshackle" - 4:49

Charting singles

Billboard Music Charts (North America)

1996 Devil's Haircut The Billboard Hot 100 No. 94
1996 Where It's At The Billboard Hot 100 No. 61
1996 Devil's Haircut Modern Rock Tracks No. 23
1996 Where It's At Modern Rock Tracks No. 5
1997 Jack-Ass Modern Rock Tracks No. 15
1997 The New Pollution Modern Rock Tracks No. 9
1997 Jack-Ass The Billboard Hot 100 No. 73
1997 The New Pollution The Billboard Hot 100 No. 78

Personnel

  • Beck - Organ, Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Harmonica, Percussion, Celeste, Drums, Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Vocals, Clavinet, Producer, Slide Guitar, Art Direction, Design, Mixing
  • Mike Boito - Organ, Trumpet
  • Mario Caldato, Jr. - Producer, Mixing
  • Charlie Haden - Bass
  • Greg Leisz - Pedal Steel
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering, Photography
  • Mike Millius - Screams
  • Brian Paulson - Producer, Mixing
  • Tom Rothrock - Producer, Mixing
  • Rob Schnapf - Producer, Mixing
  • Joey Waronker - Percussion, Drums
  • Dust Brothers - Producer, Mixing
  • Robert Fisher - Art Direction, Design
  • Nitin Vadukul - Photography
  • Zarim Osborn - Artwork, Collage
  • Al Hansen - Artwork, Collage
  • Shauna O'Brien - Coordination, Production Coordination
  • Manuel Ocampo - Artwork, Paintings, Collage
  • David Brown - Saxophone
  • Ross Harris
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