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Released: Sept. 21, 1993

Rating: 4.348 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre:alternative rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Loser
  2. Pay No Mind (Snoozer)
  3. Fuckin’ with My Head (Mountain Dew Rock)
  4. Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997
  5. Soul’ Suckin’ Jerk
  6. Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)
  7. Sweet Sunshine
  8. Beercan
  9. Steal My Body Home
  10. Nitemare Hippy Girl
  11. Mutherfuker
  12. Blackhole

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 1.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 13
peak on U.K. album chart 41

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Loser (12/25/93) #10 US, #15 UK, #39 AR, #1 MR, sales: 0.5 m
  • Beercan (7/16/94) #27 MR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Mellow Gold
“From its kaleidoscopic array of junk-culture musical styles to its assured, surrealistic wordplay, Beck’s debut album, Mellow Gold, is a stunner. Throughout the record, Beck plays as if there are no divisions between musical genres, freely blending rock, rap, folk, psychedelia, and country. Although his inspired sense of humor occasionally plays like he’s a smirking, irony-addled hipster, his music is never kitschy, and his wordplay is constantly inspired.” STE

“Since Mellow Gold was pieced together from home-recorded tapes, it lacks a coherent production, functioning more as a stylistic sampler: there are the stoner raps of Loser and Beercan, the urban folk of Pay No Mind (Snoozer), the mock-industrial onslaught of Mutherfuker, the garagey Fuckin’ with My Head (Mountain Dew Rock), the trancy acoustic Blackhole, and the gently sardonic folk-rock of Nitemare Hippy Girl.” STE

“It’s a dizzying demonstration of musical skills, yet it’s all tied together by a simple yet clever sense of songcraft and a truly original lyrical viewpoint, one that’s basic yet as colorful as free verse. By blending boundaries so thoroughly and intoxicatingly, Mellow Gold established a new vein of alternative rock, one that was fueled by ideas instead of attitude.” STE

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Last updated April 22, 2010.