Jack-Ass (song)

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"Jack-Ass"
Single by Beck
from the album Odelay
Released 1997
Genre Alternative rock, anti-folk
Beck singles chronology
"Sissyneck"
(1997)
"Jack-Ass"
(1997)
"Deadweight"
(1997)

"Jack-Ass" is a single by Beck, taken from the album Odelay. The song is based on a sample of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", performed by Them (originally by Bob Dylan), from their 1966 album Them Again.

The B-side, "Strange Invitation", is a re-recorded version of "Jack-Ass", played on acoustic guitar and strings and highly reminiscent of the style Beck would later use on Sea Change in 2002.

Legacy[edit]

Insane Clown Posse sampled this song for their 1999 single "Another Love Song", from their album The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, but the sample was cleared with Bob Dylan, the writer of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", rather than Beck.[1]

The track is used in an episode of the Chris Morris radio show Blue Jam.

Track listing[edit]

Original pressing[edit]

  1. "Jack-Ass" (Butch Vig Mix) - 3:25
  2. "Feather in Your Cap" - 3:47
  3. "Lemonade" - 2:23
  4. "Jack-Ass" (Edit Version) - 3:24

Alternate pressing[edit]

  1. "Jack-Ass" (Butch Vig Mix) - 3:23
  2. "Jack-Ass" (Butch Vig Lowrider Mix) - 4:11
  3. "Burro" - 3:11
  4. "Strange Invitation" - 4:05
  5. "Devil Got My Woman" - 4:34
  6. "Brother" - 4:45

Personnel[edit]

  • Beck Hansen: Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, electric piano, harmonica, xylophone
  • Written by: Beck/The Dust Brothers
  • Programmed by: Beck/The Dust Brothers

Music video[edit]

The music video for the single was directed by Steve Hanft, and has a slightly different mix than that of the album version.[2] In it, Beck and several other miners are in a black-and-white coal mine. Willie Nelson appears with a dog in a passing mine cart. Later, Beck's character sees a show girl atop a pile of coal that turns into a peacock. At the end of the work shift, the miners emerge into a fully colored world. A fully suited beekeeper waves at the passers-by. It first aired in July 1997.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 73
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 15

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