Pink Noise (Rock Me Amadeus) [Version (a)]:
The tortures, the torment
Pink noise, delicious
The danger, the victims
She rides, she rolls
Her bricks assaultin'
The wrestlers are rotten
"Pink Noise" fits into one of Beck's most oft-used styles -- ad-libbed punk noise. A number of his sessions while recording One Foot in the Grave
were improvised noisy jams like this, as are a couple others on Stereopathetic
. Beck's always good at finding a pop melody in the mess of this type of song, something that could easily have been left off, or not bothered with. The melody in "Pink Noise" comes from the guitar, as opposed to the vocals, which are shouted fairly incoherently. About halfway through, the song descends into some noisy chaos. Beck adds breakdowns like to this to many of his songs (ie. "Canceled Check
"), but this is one of his earliest examples.
I see no reason for the parenthetical reference to one-hit wonder Falco's one hit from the '80s, "Rock Me Amadeus" besides random silliness, which is good enough. I like to think of the first half of the song (the punk part) as "Pink Noise," and the second half breakdown as "Rock Me Amadeus."
Played live once:June 27, 1994
The only live version I am aware of is from June 27 1994, in Chicago. I'd guess that Beck played it at other shows around the time. The jam was fairly similar to the record, and the band got to have fun doing the noisy ending. Unfortunately (to me anyway), it was still difficult to discern the lyrics.