Song of the Day #4,915: ‘Rental Car’ – Beck

‘Rental Car’ is the penultimate track on Beck’s 2005 album Guero, a critical and commercial hit that continued a streak of stellar releases dating back to Mellow Gold in 1994.

That 11-year span saw the release of seven albums swinging between the kaleidoscopic alt-rock buzzsaw Odelay and the melancholy sobfest Sea Change. Guero falls a lot closer to the Odelay side, in large part because Beck reunited with the producing team The Dust Brothers.

Every one of Beck’s albums is surprising and rewarding in different ways. He’s an artist who might make for a good career deep-dive one of these days.

In other news, Happy Anniversary to my parents!

[Verse 1]
Hey now girl what’s the matter with me
We’re on a back road something to see
Straight as a razor kicking the dust
Digging thru ditches and falling to rust

[Chorus]
Taking me far
Far as a rental car can go

[Verse 2]
Hey now girl at the end of the road
Down where the reaper is walking alone
Singing a death knell
Clapping along
At the end of the night
There’s a road we’ll be on

[Chorus]
Taking me far
Far as a rental car can go

[Verse 3]
Straight as a razor kicking the dust
Digging thru ditches and falling to rust

[Chorus]
Taking me far
Far as a rental car can go

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,915: ‘Rental Car’ – Beck

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    A deep dive into Beck would be interesting as I am largely unfamiliar with his music.

    And Happy Anniversary Peg and Doug!

  2. Peg says:

    Thank you Clay and Dana ❤️

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