Girl (Beck song)

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"Girl"
Single by Beck
from the album Guero
B-side "Girl" remixes
Released 4 July 2005 (UK)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded 2004
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:32
Label Interscope
988 246-9 (UK, CD)
988 247-1 (UK, 7")
Writer(s) Beck Hansen and The Dust Brothers
Producer(s) Beck Hansen and The Dust Brothers
Beck singles chronology
"E-Pro"
(2005)
"Girl"
(2005)
"Hell Yes"
(2005)

"Girl" is a Beck song from the 2005 album Guero. It was released as the second single from the album in July 2005. The video for the song, created by Motion Theory, was inspired by the MAD fold-ins by Al Jaffee. The song begins with a simple chiptune melody. The rest of the song consists of acoustic guitars and drums.

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

  1. "Girl" – 3:32
  2. "Girl (Octet remix)" – 3:53
  3. "Girl (Paza remix)" – 2:47
  4. "Girl" video

7"[edit]

  1. "Girl" – 3:32
  2. "Girl (Octet remix)" – 3:53

Music video[edit]

The music video for Girl was directed by Motion Theory.

In the video, Beck gets a limousine advertisement entitled "Lester's Big Ass Limousines...Moving Party For Hire" which folds to become "Less Is More". Later on, Beck is in a pharmacy, buying an over-the-counter drug. When he is looking at it, the walls and floor fold, making a skull with red eyes on the shelves and a sign above that saying "Side Effects: Death" The next fold is at what seems to be garage sale. There is a painting of the Virgin Mary on the wall, which then folds. In the foreground, two toy cars have been folded together. Beck is seen later on in the video driving the car that looks like the car that this fold makes. The next fold takes place on a sidewalk, where a little girl is doing a chalk drawing. She sets down the chalk and walks away, the side walk folds and it takes the form of human outline, with police and the yellow tape around it. The fold after this one is a homeless person begging on the corner when Beck is driving by. The man holds a sign in his hand which says "Loose Change OK Allan's Anyway". The man proceeds to fold the sign, which now reads "Look Away". Later in the video, a sign is folded together to form the words "Where It's At" with 2 records and a microphone, which is in reference to the Beck song of the same name.

The El Camino Beck is driving in the video has the license plate "3CK 61RL".

MAD References in the video[edit]

When Beck is looking at the TV, when the screen's image folds in it says "Al Jaffee", and at the very end where he sits on the bench, the fold-in reveals an Alfred E. Neuman smile. The very use of fold-in scenes is itself a tribute to MAD, which features a fold-in on the back inside cover of every issue.

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