Beck Live at the Budokan 5/31/2000
Devil’s Haircut / Loser / Get Real Paid / Mixed Bizness / Pressure Zone / Hollywood Freaks / Nicotine & Gravy / Debra / The New Pollution / Lazy Flies / We Live Again / One Foot in the Grave / Cold Brains / Tropicalia / Where It’s At / DJ Swamp solo / Beercan / Sexx Laws
This is a full concert recorded in Tokyo at the tail end of the Midnite Vultures tour. This is basically Beck at the peak of his skill as a live performer. During this phase, he was a total showman, and in this set, he manages to push the colorful surrealist funk of his Midnite Vultures material waaaaaay over the top, if you can imagine that. The audio is professionally recorded and sounds amazing, but be warned — for whatever reason, there are 3 second pauses between each track. It’s only a minor annoyance.
Beck on his Midnite Vultures tour = definitely in my Top Ten live shows I can remember seeing.
We saw him at Reading in August 2000, and it kills me that there’s nothing on YouTube from this performance. Who cares about Daphne & Celeste getting bottled? Catch up to my memory needs, social media!
The Budokan recording will have to do for now, I s’pose.