Mixed Bizness
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

Versions:
  1. Mixed Bizness (3:47)
    Available on Midnite Vultures and 4 other releases.
    Credits
    Beck Hansen: Arrangment (Horns), Mix, Producer, Programming, Vocals, Vocals (Vocoder)
    Justin Meldal-Johnsen: Bass, Shaker, Vocals (Background)
    Joey Waronker: Drums, Percussion
    Mickey Petralia: Engineer
    Tony Hoffer: Engineer, Guitar (Wah), Mix, Producer, Programming
    Smokey Hormel: Guitar
    Roger Joseph Manning Jr.: Keyboard / Synthesizer, Vocals (Background), Vocals (Vocoder)
    Michael Patterson: Mix
    David Brown: Saxophone (Tenor)
    David Ralicke: Trombone
    Jon Birdsong: Trumpet
  2. Mixed Bizness (Alternative Mix) (4:19)
    Available on Mixed Bizness.
    Credits
    Jacques Lucent: Producer
    Les Rhythmes Digitales: Remix
  3. Mixed Bizness (Cornelius Instrumental)
    Available on Mixed Bizness.
    Credits
    Yoshie Hiragakura: Drums
    Toru Takayama: Engineer (Sound)
    Keigo Oyamada: Instruments
    Toyoaki Mishima: Protools
    Cornelius: Remix
    Takako Minekawa: Vocals (Sighs)
  4. Mixed Bizness (Cornelius Remix) (4:48)
    Available on Beck - Super Rare! Vol. 1 and 2 other releases.
    Credits
    Yoshie Hiragakura: Drums
    Toru Takayama: Engineer (Sound)
    Keigo Oyamada: Instruments
    Toyoaki Mishima: Protools
    Cornelius: Remix
    Takako Minekawa: Vocals (Sighs)
  5. Mixed Bizness (Die Fantastichen Vier Remix)
    Credits
    Die Fantastichen Vier: Remix
  6. Mixed Bizness (Dirty Bixin Mixness) (3:44)
    Available on Beck - Super Rare! Vol. 1 and 1 other release.
    Credits
    Bix Pender: Remix
  7. Mixed Bizness (DJ Me DJ You Remix #1) (3:57)
    Available on Mixed Bizness.
    Credits
    Erik Richards: Producer
    DJ Me DJ You: Remix
  8. Mixed Bizness (DJ Me DJ You Remix #2) (4:12)
    Available on Mixed Bizness.
    Credits
    DJ Me DJ You: Remix
  9. Mixed Bizness (Fernando G. Rmx) (6:34)
    Available on Mixed Bizness.
    Credits
    Fernando G.: Remix
  10. Mixed Bizness (Hardmixn) (6:16)
    Available on Beck.
    Credits
    Jake Kozel: Remix
  11. Mixed Bizness (Nu Wave Dreamix) (4:19)
    Available on Mixed Bizness.
    Credits
    Jacques Lucent: Producer
    Stuart Price: Producer
    Les Rhythmes Digitales: Remix
  12. Mixed Bizness (The Latin Mix) (4:58)
    Available on Beck.
    Credits
    Scattershotheory: Remix
  13. Mixed Bizness (Transatlantic Rmx Instrumental) (4:54)
    Available on Mixed Bizness.
  14. Mixed Bizness (Transatlantic Rmx) (4:55)
    Available on Mixed Bizness.
Unofficial Versions: [show/hide]
  1. Dem Business (6:24)
    Credits
    The Ear of Dr. Yes: Remix
  2. Mixed Bizness (Automatic Bazootie Mix) (4:36)
    Credits
    Sean Keefe: Remix
  3. Mixed Bizness (Aztekbizness)
  4. Mixed Bizness (Baltic Sea Remix) (5:41)
    Credits
    Sal: Remix
  5. Mixed Bizness (Beck Seaside)
  6. Mixed Bizness (Beck vs. Beetlejuice Remix) (1:28)
  7. Mixed Bizness (Beckilicious Mix) (3:16)
    Credits
    Esperanto: Remix
  8. Mixed Bizness (BeckvsCaisley)
  9. Mixed Bizness (Boogaloo2bedroom Mix)
  10. Mixed Bizness (Brainymixt)
  11. Mixed Bizness (Cowtownsound) (4:02)
    Credits
    Pauly: Remix
  12. Mixed Bizness (Do Ya Wanna Ride Mix) (3:23)
    Credits
    Trackmaster Servo: Remix
  13. Mixed Bizness (Eelete Warez Mix)
  14. Mixed Bizness (Esperanto Mix) (4:40)
    Credits
    Esperanto: Remix
  15. Mixed Bizness (Finger-LikinggK ChikinggK Remix) (4:04)
    Credits
    Kizz: Remix
  16. Mixed Bizness (Funky Remix) (5:02)
    Credits
    DJ Isabelle: Remix
  17. Mixed Bizness (General Tso's Remix)
    Credits
    General Tso: Remix
  18. Mixed Bizness (Highway to Hell Mashup) (3:24)
    Available on Mixed Bizness.
    Credits
    AC/DC: Mashed
    Beck Hansen: Mashed
    crg2@hotmail.com: Remix (Mashup)
  19. Mixed Bizness (I Was a Teenage Screaming Lesbian Mix) (4:47)
    Credits
    Trackmaster Servo: Remix
  20. Mixed Bizness (Industrial Shot)
  21. Mixed Bizness (Longdrown) (3:43)
    Credits
    Mob: Remix
  22. Mixed Bizness (LTM Funknologix Remix) (5:15)
    Credits
    Lunar Trance Missions: Remix
  23. Mixed Bizness (Mile High Club) (4:47)
  24. Mixed Bizness (Mixed Bunkbeds Mix) (3:47)
    Credits
    Windomearle: Remix
  25. Mixed Bizness (My Bizzess) (5:01)
    Credits
    Curly: Remix
  26. Mixed Bizness (Nortec Collective Mix)
    a.k.a. Mixed Bizness (Casino Soul - Olas Altas Mix)
    Credits
    Fussible: Remix
    Modula 3: Remix
  27. Mixed Bizness (Peroxide Mocha Remix) (3:24)
  28. Mixed Bizness (PolkaTronixRoxxMix)
  29. Mixed Bizness (Psycho Blockparty Mix) (2:36)
    Credits
    Random Stanley: Remix
  30. Mixed Bizness (Quahogs Mix) (4:17)
    Credits
    k944@hotmail.com: Remix
  31. Mixed Bizness (Readytuware Mix)
  32. Mixed Bizness (Real Flute Loops Remix)
  33. Mixed Bizness (Responses) (4:39)
    Credits
    False Pajamas: Remix
  34. Mixed Bizness (Ride Em Cowboy) (3:23)
  35. Mixed Bizness (Sacred Pagan Remix) (5:45)
    Credits
    Radioman: Remix
  36. Mixed Bizness (Sizes-N-Bed Mix) (3:47)
    Credits
    Burr Settles: Remix
  37. Mixed Bizness (Squishy Style) (4:38)
    Credits
    Frequency LaB: Remix
  38. Mixed Bizness (StaticNoise Mix)
  39. Mixed Bizness (Stupid Other Mix) (1:25)
    Credits
    Nick Becker: Remix
  40. Mixed Bizness (Supermeatymix)
  41. Mixed Bizness (Swinging London Mix) (4:20)
    Credits
    Ross Brodie: Remix
  42. Mixed Bizness (Syne Mix) (3:46)
    Credits
    Interface: Remix
  43. Mixed Bizness (Visine Heather Mix) (3:44)
    Credits
    Asterick: Remix
  44. Mixed Bizness (Ximeremix)
  45. Mixed Space (2:22)
    Credits
    Beck Hansen: Mashed
    David Bowie: Mashed
    Eclectic Method: Remix (Mashup)
  46. Mama Bizzness (5:39)
    Credits
    Beck Hansen: Mashed (Mixed Bizness)
    Free: Mashed (All Right Now)
    will.i.am: Mashed (I Got It From My Mama)
    dj lobsterdust: Remix (Mashup)
    Gwen Stefani: Vocals
  47. Mixed Bizness (Lackluster Treat) (5:35)
 
 
Lyrics:
Mixed Bizness [Version (a)]:

I'm mixing business with leather
Christmas with Heather
Freaks flock together
Makin' all the b-boys scream
All right, all right, turn it up now, turn it up now
All right, all right, turn it up now, ooh

Word up to the manthing
She's always cold lamping
Visine at the canteen
I just want to watch you dance
All right, all right, turn it up now, turn it up now
All right, all right, turn it up now, ooh ooh ooh

Do you wanna ride on the Baltic sea?
I'll be your mistress, C.O.D.
I'll comb your hair, rewrite your diary
Pour champagne on a honey bee
She can really do me
She can really do me
She can look right through me
And make all the b-boys scream

All right, do you wanna boogaloo?
All right, there's a meeting in the ladies room
All right, all the b-boys are naked
All right, in the hot tub looking real dope

I'm mixing fitness with leather
Homework with Heather
Freaks flock together
And make all the lesbians scream
All right, all right, turn it up now, turn it up now
All right, all right, turn it up now, ooh ooh ooh

Do you wanna ride on the Baltic sea?
I'll be your mistress, C.O.D.
I'll comb your hair, rewrite your diary
Pour champagne on a honey bee
She can really do me
She can really do me
She can look right through me
And make all the b-boys scream

All right
All right
All right
All right

FUCK YOU
 
The Song:

Beck's playful silliness and excellent singing highlight this smooth, funky rock track. Justin Meldal-Johnsen's bass again is almost the lead instrument, while the Brass Menagerie is in full R&B effect. Being the second single from Midnite Vultures gave this song some attention in public too.

The song, as much of Midnite Vultures, I believe, originated from little germs of ideas. Here, for instance, Beck shouted at the beginning of "Where It's At" on January 3, 1998, "I'm talking about mixing business!" And then later in the song, he started singing "There's a meeting in the ladies room / I'll be back real soon!" Surely Beck has his favorite go-to ad-libs and tapped into this particular ad-lib to become a song when he would go record Vultures later on in the year.

This song though really shows how Beck stands out from the normal, everyday music. Much of these lyrics take a look at the very feminine side of sexuality, which stands in stark contrast to most hiphop at the time (and in general). Beck uses lines like "I'll be your mistress," "make all the lesbians scream," and "I'll comb your hair / Rewrite your diary" to really play it all up.

Otherwise the words are filled with all sorts of slang ("cold lamping," "b-boys," etc.) and playfulness ("mixing business with leather / mixing fitness with leather", "Do you wanna ride on the Baltic sea?") and inside jokes ("manthing" was a nickname for Roger Joseph Manning Jr.) which combine to make something irresistible. Fun is the key for this song.
 
Live:

Played live 263 times:
Earliest known live version: January 3, 1998
Latest known live version: September 14, 2017

"Mixed Bizness" was one of Beck's singles off of Vultures and as he tends to play those live, the song has shown up pretty regularly since the album came out.

pre-Vultures shows

As said above, there is a brief hint of the song in a stage adlib in early 1998.

1999-2001 Vultures tour

"Mixed Bizness" debuted on stage on October 6, 1999. This was the first of three "warm-up" gigs about a month before Vultures was released, and a few of the songs made their live premiere that night. Listening to the version of "Mixed Bizness" from a few nights later (October 9 in Indio), I'm struck by the smoothness of it. I was expecting it to be a little rawer, especially since it had only just begun being performed. I really like the background singers helping with the chorus as well ("Turn it up now! Alright, ooh ooh ooh!").

Then on the first leg of the Vultures tour, "Mixed Bizness" was used as the opening song much of the time. Obviously, it was considered the perfect combo of rock and R&B to set the mood for these new shows. It didn't last in this spot throughout the whole tour, though it was played at every show of the long tour. The driving riff and almost-sing-along quality made it an audience favorite, and certainly the band never tired of it.

The version of "Mixed Bizness" played on the Japanese leg of the tour (May 2000) began with a long funky introduction. By this point in the tour, the band was jamming a bit more and there's a lengthy beginning to this song. Beck controls things James Brown-style, getting solos from each section of the band: "Swamp, give 'em some of that! Brass Menagerie now, show 'em how to work! Turn that shit down! Now bring it back up!" He's in control, and this goes on for about three minutes before it effortlessly flows into "Mixed Bizness," which is now less rock than earlier in the tour and more pure funk and soul. The band even tosses other songs like David Bowie's "Let's Dance" into the mix sometimes. It's a great example how a song can grow and change over a tour. They did play pretty much every night of the long tour; changing things up and adding sections was a way to keep it interesting.

The summer of 2001 tour saw more changes to "Mixed Bizness." It's not a solo-driven funk jam like at the end of the Vultures tour, but more its own groove. Pretty wild!

2002-2003 Sea Change tours

Beck did not play "Mixed Bizness" on his solo acoustic tours in August 2002 or April 2003 (no surprise), but also did not play it with The Flaming Lips in the fall of 2002 (maybe a bit of a surprise). He did return to the song however in the summer of 2003, and the song was played almost every night then. That band rocked, and played through Beck's songs at a breakneck pace; however, "Mixed Bizness" felt a little less hectic, and had more of a slow burn soul groove.

2005-2007 Guero / Info tours

In 2005, "Mixed Bizness" was played at about 1/3 of the shows. It was around this time Beck started adding "I Want To Take You Higher" soul improvisations to the end of the song (it's a Sly & The Family Stone song, though Beck mainly just used the title). This continued throughout 2006 and 2007 as well.

2008-2009 Modern Guilt tours

Beck did not play "Mixed Biz" in the first couple months of the Guilt tours (June & July), but soon added it back in and it was played most of the time from then on (August - November). Beck continued to add the "I Want To Take You Higher" extension to the song as well.

2010-2015 pre-Morning Phase, Morning Phase

Beck did not tour much from 2010-2011, and when he went back out in 2012-2013, it was a slightly more acoustic, Sea Change & Odelay-focused show. He did not play "Mixed Biz" at all in this time.

There was one time when he played a benefit show in 2011, and threw together a band and had a local San Francisco jazz band add horns. Because of their presence, they did do "Mixed Bizness." It was a singular show though, and not repeated.

Beck also did not play the song at all in 2014 on the Morning Phase tours.

2015-2016 post-Morning Phase

Since the Morning Phase tour ended, Beck continued to tour but in a little bit less intense fashion (around 30 shows both in 2015 and 2016). In 2015, Beck played "Mixed Biz" at two Scandinavian festivals in August. Then in 2016, it was played at almost every show since.