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The best of Beck: ACL Fest fans sound off

Eric Pulsifer

Asking a hardcore Beck fan to name their favorite Beck song is a bit like asking a parent to pick their favorite child: You know they know the answer, but they feel guilty saying it out loud. With that in mind, I bothered some Beck fans (and one person who had no idea who “they” were) who were posted up front before the prolific, genre-swapping songwriter took to the Samsung Galaxy Stage tonight.

Drew Alston of Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

How he picked Beck over Outkast: “Who else out there in the past 60 years has put out sheet music? …And for someone who is so quirky, he puts on a heck of a live show.” [Drew has seen Beck three times.] He’s delightfully weird without being pretentious.”

Favorite Beck song: “Elevator Music”

Most anticipated non-Beck ACL Fest act: The Replacements

Dani Spataro of Long Beach, California

How she picked Beck over Outkast: “Outkast sucks. I saw them at Coachella and they were low energy… I’ve been listening to Beck since seventh grade.”

Favorite Beck song: “I’m not good with song titles, but I like the dancier ones… Also, I love his hat.”

Mike Albert of Austin

How he ended up at Beck over Outkast: “Both were really big when I was younger, but I was really into ‘Mellow Gold’ and ‘Odelay’… My wife and I were debating it. She was leaning a little toward Outkast, and I was leaning a little toward Beck, so we split up.”

Favorite Beck song: “Paper Tiger”

His ACL must-see who hasn’t starred as a disembodied head on an episode of “Futurama”: “I should go see Pearl Jam, if I can make it that long Sunday. It’s a marathon.”

Andy Tiwari and Chelsea Clinton of San Antonio

How Chelsea picked Beck over Outkast: “Beck has like a thousand more good songs.”

Andy’s favorite Beck song: “Devil’s Haircut”

Chelsea’s fave: “Nausea”

Person Chelsea shares a name with but totally isn’t: Chelsea Clinton

Andy’s other ACL must-see: Eminem

Liz Brown of Houston

How she picked Beck over Outkast: “I would have gone and seen Outkast if they had just put out “‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.'”

Favorite Beck song: “‘Hell Yes.’ I like happy Beck better than sad Beck.”

Jeff Sande of Dallas

How he picked Beck over Outkast: He hadn’t and was weighing his options — a sweet spot for Beck, who regularly tours, or taking his chances trekking across the park for Outkast, who are a rarer catch. “Next time you see [Outkast], they might be 10 years older.”

Favorite Beck song: “Where It’s At”

Daniel Sanchez of Austin

How he picked between the two headliners: “Beck. There was no question.”

Favorite song: “Devil’s Haircut”

Truman Matheny of Austin

Favorite Beck song: “E-Pro”

Other things we talked about: Nothing. Beck started and he bolted.

Well, there you have it. According to my super-scientific survey people like happy Beck more than sad Beck and they really want to hear “Devil’s Haircut.” Good thing he opened with that. You can check out a full review of Beck’s weekend one set or see the setlist from tonight’s show below to see if Beck played your Beck favorite song.

Setlist

  • Devil’s Haircut
  • Black Tambourine
  • Think I’m in Love
  • Soul of a Man
  • One Foot in the Grave
  • Blue Moon
  • Sissyneck
  • Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover)
  • Hell Yes
  • Girl
  • Timebomb
  • Loser
  • E-Pro
  • Sexx Laws
  • Debra
  • Where It’s At