Watch Beck Cover Prince’s ‘1999’
At the recent Montreal International Jazz Festival, Beck covered Prince‘s eternal classic ‘1999.’ And like his recent cover of another R&B/pop nugget from the early ’80s, it wasn’t necessarily the smoothest of grooves. He’s always seemed a little stiff when it comes to this sort of stuff, which we always thought was more or less the smart-ass point.
But it’s certainly passable, as you can see from the above video. Beck even busts a couple moves during the song. So, points for that.
Look closely at the video, and you may spot Sean Lennon — whose band the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is opening for Beck on this tour — playing cowbell on the left of the stage.
And here’s a ‘Billie Jean’ cover Beck and his band performed for Jimmy Kimmel’s audience back in April, in case you want to compare: