Beck & Friends Cover “I’m Waiting For The Man”
Beck’s Record Club project promises a series of installments in which the man and a bunch of buddies ducking into the studio sans rehearsal and knocking out a cover version of an entire album. The Hansen family band got it running with the wise choice of The Velvet Underground & Nico, and the first listen was their take on the strung-out classic “Sunday Morning.” Today the crew — which features Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, Brian Lebarton, Bram Inscore, Yo, Giovanni Ribisi, Chris Holmes, and Icelandinc “special guest” Thorunn Magnusdottir — have upped the ante with the quintessential and anxious anthem of dope fiends everywhere, “I’m Waiting For The Man.” Per Beck, with this cover “everyone untunes their instruments and nigel thrashes a dx-7, coaxing sounds hitherto unheard from the 80’s power ballad beast.” So there you go. Those hitherto unheard sounds bring a loopy and ramshackle strain of psychedelia to the song. The detuning and clattering percussion helps.