Asskizz Powergrudge (Payback! '94)
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

Versions:
  1. Asskizz Powergrudge (Payback! '94) (3:49)
    Available on Beercan.
    Credits
    Beck Hansen: Drums, Guitar (Acoustic), Percussion, Producer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
    Tom Grimley: Producer
 
Lyrics:
Asskizz Powergrudge (Payback! '94) [Version (a)]:

Smokin' on a d!

Burn all the fuel, die like a mule
Find yourself in a pickup truck
Loading up a nine, wasting any slime
Who tries to step, word to the mother

It's just a grudge
It's just a little grudge
Just a grudge
Just an asskiss payback
Just a grudge
Just a little grudge
It's just a grudge
Assss

Floating through the ghetto like a guillotine
Waiting to come down, down on the scene
The second-guessing sleaze
Damned to feed the flatulating brotherhood
Puffing on a blunt

It's just a grudge
It's just a little grudge
Just a grudge
Just an asskiss payback
Just a grudge
Just a little grudge
It's just a grudge
Just an ass...suck

The honchos and the pigs
The uniformed legions will conspire
Slacking off is nil
The point is now to kill
Grind the whining bastards in their tracks
New jack baby

It's just a grudge
It's just a little grudge
Just a grudge
Just an asskiss payback
Just a grudge
Just a little grudge
It's just a grudge
Ass...suck

It's just a grudge
It's just a little grudge
Just a grudge
Just a grudge
Just a grudge
It's just a payback
Just a payback
Just a payback
Just a payback
Just a payback
Just a payback
Payback
Ass kiss
Red flag!
Just a payback!
Ass kiss!
Payback!
 
The Song:

"Asskizz Powergrudge (Payback! '94)" is one of those little goofs, oft-forgotten and probably for good reason. That does not mean it is is not a good song, or that it is not entertaining, because it is. The song could be considered scary, if A) it were not so cartoony and B) we did not know that this is not Beck's actual image/persona. Instead of being threatening, the song ends up being a novelty for these reasons.

Beck's best songs mix a variety of song styles, and that is what makes this one musically interesting. "Asskizz" boasts a similar musical arrangement to the full-band grunge takes of "Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs" (heard on stage a few times), except it is acoustic. Acoustic grunge!

Beck loads the song with some country bad-boy attitude, and tosses in some shotgun drumming and gangsta rap slang. Throw in an ending with bells, jackhammers, and other effects, and you get one crazy recording.
 
Live:

Played live 9 times:
Earliest known live version: April 20, 1994
Latest known live version: October 21, 1994

In April 1994, during the very beginnings of the Mellow Gold tours, Beck actually played "Asskizz" solo acoustic on stage a few times! One was on a radio show in San Diego too, which hasn't surfaced. I'd be very interested to hear how this arrangement went.

Before the song on June 11, 1994, Beck announces it's for the "MC Hammer payback tour!" and tells the crowd MC Hammer wasn't down with jacuzzis in limos. This version is pretty amazing, with some hilarious ad-libs ("I brought you a banana") and the band easily and expertly going from groove to metal from verse to verse.

One early live version of "Asskizz" (June 29 1994, in Minneapolis) was probably the scariest thing I've ever heard Beck do. The novelty and subtle humor of the studio recording was replaced by a very dynamic arrangement with loud punky guitars. Each verse was sung quietly, and Beck ad-libbed here and there ("Just a gangster, just a gangster" and "Burnt out beyond belief, whizzing my teeth through the diamond lane, insane in the mundane"). After the calm verses, the song exploded as Beck shouted the chorus and his band thrashed. It was not nearly as subtle as the 4-track studio recording, and the irony feels as if it's been lost.

Another pretty wild version was played on September 9 1994. It was much shorter, but damned fine. Worth checking out, for sure. The band really shined when they played this tune; they could really rock out. The menace of the earlier June 29 was lessened, but the song was still just as explosively schizo.