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Beck: <i>Odelay</i>'s lyrics were "scratch vocals"

You know all those collage-like, maybe-metaphorical, totally genius lyrics on Odelay? Yeah – not so much. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Beck has revealed that “most of the vocals on the record were scratch vocals.” Specifically citing classics “Devil’s Haircut” and “New Pollution,” Beck admits that many of the lyrics were simply ad-libbed and that “we just grew attached to them.” Funny, because I’ve actually seen a carburetor tied to the moon before. It’s not that great. [Rolling Stone]
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Generally I avoid calling lyrics "genius" if I can't tell what they mean.

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