Although the slacker anthemics of “Loser” alone wouldn’t have suggested the pending depth of Beck’s discog, by the end of 1994 close listeners had a roadmap in the form of three disparate records: Stereopathic Soulmanure, Mellow Gold, and finally the June-released One Foot In The Grave. The latter put the focus on folk, through Beck’s lens, and was released on K Records with production, vocal, and studio support from the mighty Calvin Johnson, because game recognizes burgeoning game. (Also in support: folks from Built To Spill, Spinanes, and Love As Laughter.) There was no big hit, but that wasn’t the point: we met another side of “the real Beck,” and he got prepped to blow up MTV rotation lists with Odelay. It’s a beloved LP for Beck cultists, and will probably get more casual namedrops in douchey indie rock bar conversations after next week’s big reissue, which repackages the original LP with a slate of bonus tracks, many of which are previously unreleased. Here’s a full tracklist:

01 “He’s A Mighty Good Leader”
02 “Sleeping Bag”
03 “I Get Lonesome”
04 “Burnt Orange Peel”
05 “Cyanide Breath Mint”
06 “See Water”
07 “Ziplock Bag”
08 “Hollow Log”
09 “Forcefield”
10 “Fourteen Rivers Fourteen Floods”
11 “Asshole”
12 “I’ve Seen The Land Beyond”
13 “Outcome”
14 “Girl Dreams”
15 “Painted Eyelids”
16 “Atmospheric Conditions”


17 “It’s All In Your Mind” (K Records 7″)
18 “Whiskey Can Can” (K Records 7″)
19 “Mattress”*
20 “Woe On Me”*
21 “Teenage Wastebasket”*
22 “Your Love Is Weird”*
23 “Favorite Nerve”*
24 “Piss On The Door”*
25 “Close To God”*
26 “Sweet Satan”*
27 “Burning Boyfriend”*
28 “Black Lake Morning”*
29 “Feather In Your Cap” (K Records 7″)
30 “One Foot In the Grave”*
31 “Teenage Wastebasket”*
32 “I Get Lonesome”*

* never before released

The reissue is out 4/14 on Beck’s Iliad label.

Comments (19)
  1. Wow, you make it sound so appealing. I can’t wait to listen to it so I can be an indie douche. Thanks.

  2. We should nod to Sam Jayne by name. RIP, awesome awesome Lync.

  3. elelevato  |   Posted on Apr 9th, 2009 0

    yah, for some reason i don’t remember this album being as much of a cynical ploy as it seemed to be for amrit. i remember it being good and loose. i wonder what revelations would accompany a reissue of Stereopathetic Soulmanure.

  4. usotired  |   Posted on Apr 9th, 2009 0

    There’s no “real Beck”

  5. “and will probably get more casual namedrops in douchey indie rock bar conversations after next week’s big reissue”

    again, this site pretends to know everything about beck – i’m willing to bet anything nobody at stereogum had even heard of ofitg before today

  6. Oddly this and Sea Change are the only Beck albums still in constant rotation for me. Well, okay and Midnight Vultures when I want to get my leisure suit on.

  7. jak  |   Posted on Apr 9th, 2009 0

    i was like…three years old when this came out…if i listen to it now does that make me an “indie” douche? why must our attempts at cultural humor always be so hostile to the shit we emulate to be?

  8. I got this album a few years ago in high school and I still absolutely love it. And I have to agree with James about this and Sea Change.

  9. Hm, I should probably put this one on my list next to the reissue of Odelay. Haven’t heard it in a while.

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  10. hotnickels  |   Posted on Apr 10th, 2009 0

    i’d just like to know why the hell there’s no LP.
    same with the red red meat on subpop.

    oh, that’s right: booming cd sales.

  11. Damn this is great… can’t wait to pick it up. Thanks for sharing, until now I hadn’t even heard of this album!

  12. I?m an old school Bek pervert – so I?ve been waiting for the ?other half? of this album to get released for a while? I actually never thought it would happen. But here it is!

    Too bad I?m only 1/2 as excited as I would have been 5 years ago??Mattress? is a banger though: G!/D!/A!/C! – rinse, repeat, repeat, repeat?

    (Please forgive the only namedrop I could ever muster: Long ago – Calvin Johnson did a show at my school, which I attended primarily on the strength of him producing this album.
    Afterwards I cornered him and asked about the leftovers from OFITG.

    ?How are they??
    ??uhh, they?re good.?

    He was a nice guy. But it was awkward and pointless, and that?s when I decided I don?t really want to talk to ?famous? people.)

  13. tanner  |   Posted on Apr 11th, 2009 0

    I talked to someone from k records a month ago and he said that beck’s people called k records and threatened to sue if they didn’t stop selling the rest of their copies of one foot in the grave because this reissue was coming out, so they have a bunch of stock still left

  14. anon  |   Posted on Apr 11th, 2009 0

    “beck’s people” aka The Church of Scientology aka a bunch of greedy jerks.

  15. Jeff  |   Posted on Apr 14th, 2009 0

    This is my favorite Beck album. It’s one of the few releases I’ve purchased on vinyl and CD. Beck’s never sounded better than on this collection of songs.

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