Stereopathetic Soulmanure

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Stereopathetic Soulmanure
Studio album by Beck
Released 22 February 1994
Recorded 1992–1993
Genre Country, anti-folk, lo-fi, noise
Length 64:35
Label Flipside
Producer Tom Grimley, Beck Hansen, Gus Hudson
Beck chronology
A Western Harvest Field by Moonlight
(1994)
Stereopathetic Soulmanure
(1994)
Mellow Gold
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[3]

Stereopathetic Soulmanure is the second studio album by American alternative rock musician Beck, released on Flipside in 1994, a week before the appearance of his Geffen debut Mellow Gold.[citation needed] The album shows a strong folk influence, consisting mostly of home demos, live performances, and abstract noise experiments. A lo-fi recording of largely anti-commercial nature, Stereopathetic Soulmanure is Beck's third official recording, the first two being Golden Feelings and A Western Harvest Field by Moonlight. However, AllMusic describes the release as months after Mellow Gold, "essentially" a reaction to the success of "Loser", despite the recording beginning well before (1988 - 1993).[1] Beck would soon return with another independent release, the plaintive and mostly acoustic One Foot in the Grave—his third album of 1994—before recording his major label follow-up Odelay (1996).

Johnny Cash would cover the track "Rowboat" on his 1996 album Unchained.

As of July 2008, Stereopathetic Soulmanure has sold 146,000 copies in the United States.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Beck, except where noted.

  1. "Pink Noise (Rock Me Amadeus)" – 2:57
  2. "Rowboat" – 3:45
  3. "Thunder Peel" – 1:48
  4. "Waitin' for a Train" (Jimmie Rodgers) – 1:08
  5. "The Spirit Moves Me" – 2:10
  6. "Crystal Clear (Beer)" – 2:29
  7. "No Money No Honey" – 2:13
  8. "'8.6.82'" – 0:37
  9. "Total Soul Future (Eat It)" – 1:48
  10. "One Foot in the Grave" – 2:14
  11. "Aphid Manure Heist" – 1:29
  12. "Today Has Been a Fucked Up Day" – 2:34
  13. " "Rollins Power Sauce" " – 1:54
  14. "Puttin It Down" – 2:23
  15. "'11.6.45'" – 0:30
  16. "Cut 1/2 Blues" – 2:37
  17. "Jagermeister Pie" – 1:07
  18. "Ozzy" – 2:05
  19. "Dead Wild Cat" – 0:25
  20. "Satan Gave Me a Taco" – 3:46
  21. "'8.4.82'" – 0:26
  22. "Tasergun" – 3:51
  23. "Modesto" – 3:27
  24. "Ken" (unlisted) – 0:12
  25. "Bonus Noise" (unlisted) – 16:40

Alternate track listing[edit]

There was an alternate pressing that separates "No Money No Honey" over tracks 7 and 8 and breaks parts of "One Foot in the Grave" and "Aphid Manure Heist" over tracks 12, 13 and 14; this caused all tracks after "Crystal Clear (Beer)" to be off from the track listing on the back cover. This pressing also omits the short snippet of dialog called "Ken", yet keeps "Bonus Noise" on the same track as "Modesto". This pressing causes some online tracklistings, such as the one at Allmusic, to be incorrect. The actual tracklisting of this pressing is as follows:

  1. "Pink Noise (Rock Me Amadeus)" – 2:57
  2. "Rowboat" – 3:45
  3. "Thunder Peel" – 1:48
  4. "Waitin' for a Train" – 1:08
  5. "The Spirit Moves Me" – 2:10
  6. "Crystal Clear (Beer)" – 2:29
  7. "Noise 1" (start of "No Money No Honey") – 0:05
  8. "No Money No Honey" – 2:07
  9. "8.6.82" – 0:37
  10. "Total Soul Future (Eat It)" – 1:48
  11. "One Foot in the Grave" – 1:57
  12. "Noise 2" (end of "One Foot in the Grave") – 0:17
  13. "Noise 3" (start of "Aphid Manure Heist") – 0:31
  14. "Aphid Manure Heist" – 0:57
  15. "Today Has Been a Fucked Up Day" – 2:34
  16. " "Rollins Power Sauce" " – 1:54
  17. "Puttin' It Down" – 2:23
  18. "11.6.45" – 0:30
  19. "Cut 1/2 Blues" – 2:37
  20. "Jagermeister Pie" – 1:07
  21. "Ozzy" – 2:05
  22. "Dead Wild Cat" – 0:25
  23. "Satan Gave Me a Taco" – 3:46
  24. "8.4.82" – 0:26
  25. "Tasergun" – 3:51
  26. "Modesto" (includes "Bonus Noise", but not "Ken") – 20:07

Credits[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • "Bonus Noise" contains a reversed song called "In the Clover".
  • The techno introduction to "No Money No Honey" is a lo-fi sample of the song "Hall of Mirrors" by B12, found on their album Electro-Soma.
  • The introduction to "Today Has Been a Fucked Up Day" is a lo-fi sample of the song "Olivine" by Close Up Over (from the Black Dog Productions album Bytes.)
  • The track "Waitin' for a Train" is a cover of a Jimmie Rodgers song. It opens with a soundbite (spoken by Ross Harris) from Steve Hanft's film Normal. Hanft and Harris are both longtime friends and collaborators of Beck.[6]
  • The track "Thunder Peel" was re-recorded for Odelay, and later appeared on the deluxe version of that album.
  • Johnny Cash covered the song "Rowboat" on his 1996 album "Unchained".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Stereopathic Soulmanure - Beck". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "CG: Artist 113". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ "Beck: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Ask Billboard". Billboard. 2008-07-18. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Allmusic Credits". Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Beck Song Information - Waitin' for a Train". Whiskeyclone.net. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 

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