The New Pollution

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"The New Pollution"
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Single by Beck
from the album Odelay
Released February 28, 1997
Format CD
Length 3:39
Label DGC
Songwriter(s) Beck Hansen, John King, Michael Simpson
Producer(s) Beck, Dust Brothers
Beck singles chronology
"Devils Haircut"
(1996)
"The New Pollution"
(1997)
"Sissyneck"
(1997)

"Devils Haircut"
(1996)
"The New Pollution"
(1997)
"Sissyneck"
(1997)

"The New Pollution" is a song by Beck. The song appears on his album Odelay and was also released as a single. The song samples the single "Venus" by Joe Thomas.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Beck himself, features 1960s-style dancing and background. The music video contains visual references from French singer Serge Gainsbourg's music videos for "Monsieur William" and the Histoire de Melody Nelson.

The video features actress Mary Lynn Rajskub.

MTV Video Music Award
Year Nominee/work Award Result
1997 "The New Pollution" [2] Video of the Year Nominated
Best Alternative Video Nominated
Best Direction (Director: Beck Hansen) Won
Best Choreography (Choreographer: Peggy Hickey) Won
Art Direction (Art Director: K. K. Barrett) Won

Live performances[edit]

Beck has performed the song live 345 times.[3]

Track listings[edit]

US 12" Vinyl[edit]

  1. "The New Pollution" [LP Version] - 3:39
  2. "The New Pollution" [Remix by Mickey P.] - 4:08
  3. "The New Pollution" [Remix by Mickey P. & Mario C.] - 3:49
  4. "Lemonade" [Previously Unreleased] - 2:22
  5. "Richard's Hairpiece" ["Devil's Haircut" remix by Aphex Twin] - 3:19

UK CD Pt. 1[edit]

  1. "The New Pollution" [LP Version] - 3:42
  2. "Richard's Hairpiece" [Remix by Aphex Twin] - 3:21
  3. "Electric Music and the Summer People" - 4:41

UK CD Pt. 2[edit]

  1. "The New Pollution" [LP Version] - 3:42
  2. "The New Pollution" [Remix by Mario C. and Mickey P.] - 3:51
  3. "Lemonade" - 2:21

Japanese CD (released as "The New Pollution" and Other Favorites)[edit]

  1. "The New Pollution" [LP Version] - 3:39
  2. "The New Pollution" [Remix by Mickey P.] - 4:08
  3. "The New Pollution" [Remix by Mario C. & Mickey P.] - 3:49
  4. "Richard's Hairpiece" [Remix by Aphex Twin] - 3:21
  5. "Thunderpeel" [Previously Unreleased] - 2:41
  6. "Lemonade" [Previously Unreleased] - 2:23
  7. ".000.000" [Previously Unreleased] - 5:26
  8. "Feather In Your Cap" [Previously Unreleased] - 3:45
    • This version can be found on the SubUrbia soundtrack.

Personnel[edit]

  • Beck Hansen: Vocals, guitar, bass, clavinet, organ, programming
  • The Dust Brothers: Programming
  • Written by: Beck/The Dust Brothers

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[4] 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hansen, Beck (1996). Odelay Liner Notes. Hollywood, CA: Bong Load/Geffen Records. 
  2. ^ MTS Video Music Awards | 1997. MTV. Accessed March 26, 2012.
  3. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/stats/songs/beck-63d6a2eb.html?song=The+New+Pollution
  4. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (NR. 212 Vikuna 13.3. '97 - 19.3. '97)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 

External links[edit]