Tropicalia (song)

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Single by Beck
from the album Mutations
B-side"Halo of Gold" / "Black Balloon"
Released7 December 1998 (UK)
Format7", CD
GFS 22365 (UK, 7")
GFSTD-22365 (UK, CD)
Songwriter(s)Beck Hansen
Producer(s)Nigel Godrich and Beck Hansen
Beck singles chronology
"Cold Brains"

"Tropicalia" is a song from Beck's 1998 album Mutations. It was released as a single in the UK in December 1998. The B-side "Halo of Gold" is a drastically reworked cover version of "Furry Heroine (Halo of Gold)" by Skip Spence.

Beck said that "Tropicalia"'s inspiration was "I've always loved a lot of different exotic music. I've been listening to Brazilian music since I was a kid, but I haven't really felt it was something that would come naturally until the last few years. I think for something like 'Tropicalia' I needed to go to places where that music existed in order to get to the point where I could do it myself. I wrote it in the back of the bus on tour, and then later I put lyrics to it. A lot of times I write the melody and the chords of the songs sometimes years before I ever get around it writing lyrics, so it just sits there incubating." [1]

Beck has not performed "Tropicalia" live since September 11, 2014.[2]

Beck does not play any instrument in the song.[1]

Track listings[edit]


  1. "Tropicalia" – 3:23
  2. "Halo of Gold" – 4:29


  1. "Tropicalia" – 3:23
  2. "Halo of Gold" – 4:29
  3. "Black Balloon" – 3:30


  • "Tropicalia" (Beck Hansen)
    Produced by Nigel Godrich and Beck Hansen
    Mixed by Nigel Godrich
    Beck Hansen: vocals
    Roger Joseph Manning Jr.: synthesizer, organ, percussion
    Justin Meldal-Johnsen: acoustic bass, percussion
    Joey Waronker: drums, percussion, synth drums
    Smokey Hormel: percussion, cuíca, acoustic guitar
    David Ralicke: flute, trombone
  • "Halo of Gold" (Alexander Lee Spence)
    Produced by Beck Hansen
    Engineered by Beck Hansen and Mickey Petralia
    Programming by Beck Hansen and Mickey Petralia
    Beck Hansen: vocals, keyboards and guitars
    Justin Meldal-Johnsen: bass
    Roger Joseph Manning Jr.: keyboards
  • "Black Balloon" (Beck Hansen)
    Recorded by Beck Hansen
    Programming, keyboards, bass by Beck Hansen

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