Beck is back tonight, and really just needs two turntables and a microphone.
Beck is back tonight, and really just needs two turntables and a microphone. (Photo: Beck/Facebook)

10 great Beck samples

Even though it’s almost as rare as a solar eclipse, Beck is known to play an amazing show when he comes to Milwaukee or Chicago. Amazingly, he finds a way to replicate some of his great samples – those catchy loops that are an essential part of what made his early records so terrific –but live, in concert.

Pabst Theater PR Director Sara Peronto and I consider ourselves Beck super fans, so before Beck plays the Riverside Theater tonight at 7 p.m. – his first visit to Milwaukee since 1997 – we scoured his samples to come up with our favorites. We agreed on these.

1."Beercan" – sampled from the Care Bears' "I Feel So Alone" (0:21)

2. "Hotwax" – sampled from Bernard Purdie’s "Song for Aretha" (0:00)

3. "Where It’s At" – sampled from Mantronix’s "Need to the Groove" (3:12)

4. "Sissyneck" – sampled from Dick Hyman’s "The Moog and Me" (0:00)

5. "Nicotine & Gravy" – sampled from Les Baxter’s "Hogin’ Machine" (0:40 and 1:07)

6. "Debra" – sampled from David Bowie’s "Win" (0:09)

7. "Get Real Paid" – sampled from Kraftwerk’s "Home Computer" (1:38)

8. "E-Pro" – sampled from the Beastie Boys’ "So What’cha Want" (0:09)

9. "Go It Alone" – sampled from Brethren’s "Outside Love" (0:02)

10. "Cellphone's Dead" – sampled from Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" (0:01)

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