Watch: Beck Covers Velvet Underground
Check out the first clip from the boho rocker's studio series featuring MGMT, Devendra Banhart, and more!
After pushing the envelope with his own output over the last two decades, Beck — and a group of all-star pals — are re-imagining the classics.
Members of the singer’s new “record club” (read: Devendra Banhart, Jamie Lidell, MGMT, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, among others) will come to his studio and record an classic album from start to finish in one day — sans rehearsals. Beck will then release one song a week on his web site.
Beck just posted the series’ first installment, a cover of Velvet Underground and Nico’s “Sunday Morning” featuring contributions from Godrich plus actor (and Beck’s brother-in-law) Giovanni Ribisi and Icelandic vocalist Thorunn Magnusdottir (also a member of Fields) handling Nico’s parts. Incidentally, Beck’s version of the tune was also distributed as a bonus 7?’ with the recent re-release of his One Foot in the Grave. Wait, does that count as a rehearsal?
So, to recap: No membership fee, famous friends, and free weekly installments of cover tunes? So far this is the best record club ever. Take that, Columbia House!
WATCH: Beck’s Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico, Sunday Morning