Stereopathetic Soulmanure

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Stereopathetic Soulmanure
Stereopathetic Soulmanure.jpg
Studio album by
Released22 February 1994
ProducerTom Grimley, Beck Hansen, Gus Hudson
Beck chronology
A Western Harvest Field by Moonlight
Stereopathetic Soulmanure
Mellow Gold
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB+[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[5]

Stereopathetic Soulmanure is the second independent studio album by American alternative rock musician Beck, released on Flipside on 22 February 1994, a week before the appearance of his Geffen debut Mellow Gold on 1 March. The album shows a strong folk influence, consisting of home recordings, studio recordings, live performances, field recordings, sound collages, 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. 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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Beck, except where noted.

1."Pink Noise (Rock Me Amadeus)"2:57
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
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
16."Cut 1/2 Blues"2:37
17."Jagermeister Pie"1:07
19."Dead Wild Cat"0:25
20."Satan Gave Me a Taco"3:46
24."Ken" (unlisted)0:12
25."Bonus Noise" (unlisted)11:38

"Bonus Noise" is included on most discs, but not all. This track is also "locked". Similar to an LP with a "locked groove", the CD track ends abruptly, and the end of the physical track does not allow the lens of the player to bypass it, which repeats the last part of the track in an infinite loop.

Rerelease track listing[edit]

There was a rerelease of the album by Revolver USA on September 25, 2000. This pressing 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 track listings, such as the one at Allmusic, to be incorrect. The actual track listing 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

This release can be differentiated from the original 1994 Flipside release in two ways. The rereleased CD has "FLIP660" printed on the CD whereas the original would have "FLIP60". The CD case however still retains the original catalog number on the spines "FLIP60". And there is a message above the barcode on the back of the CD case that reads "Distributed by Revolver USA".



  • "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.[8]
  • The track "Thunder Peel" was re-recorded during the Odelay-era, with the new version appearing on the Japanese edition of "The New Pollution" single and later appearing (in mono, with the original recording being in stereo) on the deluxe version of that album.
  • Johnny Cash covered the song "Rowboat" on his 1996 album Unchained.


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Stereopathic Soulmanure - Beck". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ "BECK - STEREOPATHETIC SOULMANURE". IGN. 30 March 2005. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  4. ^ "CG: Artist 113". Robert Christgau.
  5. ^ "Beck: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  6. ^ "Ask Billboard". Billboard. 2008-07-18. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
  7. ^ "Allmusic Credits". Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Beck Song Information - Waitin' for a Train". Retrieved 2012-03-10.

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