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  • ♪ (punk rock music) ♪

  • ♪ (Beck, "Heart Is a Drum") ♪

  • Indie music video.

  • Never heard this song before.

  • Should I have heard this? Is this popular?

  • Free as a driving wheel

  • Is that Beck?

  • Yes, I love Beck.

  • This is the guy that won that award that no one knows.

  • This is intense already.

  • What is that?

  • You tried to run from trouble

  • This is so hipster, I feel like.

  • It's artistic, I'll give him that.

  • Your heart is a drum keeping time

  • What?

  • Why was there an astronaut?

  • I'm so confused right now.

  • - ♪ As the light of day ♪ - Like, you just want to sway to it.

  • Falling down across your lost highway

  • It's kind of a good song, though. I'll give him that.

  • I like the song.

  • You've lost your tongue when you fall from the pendulum

  • Okay, now I really need to look into this new album.

  • (laughs) I like this.

  • Wait, why is he after the kids?

  • Keeping time with everyone

  • I'm enjoying this.

  • Everyone

  • It's about death, I'm pretty sure.

  • Why, I think it is about death.

  • Was that a dance move?

  • This is so sad.

  • I'm sure there's so many deep meanings behind this,

  • but almost all of them go over my head.

  • Hi.

  • What is happening?

  • No, don't give him flowers. Run! Run!

  • Don't kill the little girl.

  • And now they're pushing each other on the swing.

  • Best part. Okay, that just made the entire video.

  • What just happened?

  • I'm confused.

  • (Finebros) So any idea who that artist is?

  • No.

  • - No. - No.

  • Zero clue.

  • No. Who was it?

  • Beck?

  • It's Beck.

  • That is Beck.

  • (Finebros) Well, this artist has been

  • - making albums since the mid-'90s. - Oh.

  • That's a new song.

  • It's a shame that most of the kids in my generation

  • don't know about him.

  • (Finebros) And he's one of the most famous artists of our generation.

  • All right. Now I feel dumb.

  • Why have I not heard of him before?

  • (Finebros) We're now going to play you some of his earlier work.

  • Okay.

  • In the time of chimpanzees

  • Oh, yeah. I've heard this song.

  • The guy's back. Skull guy's back.

  • (singing along) ♪ The plastic eyeballs

  • Spray-paint the pantyhose [sic] ♪

  • Shoot. I know this.

  • Never heard this either.

  • Yo

  • Oh, man. This brings me back.

  • - ♪ Soy un perdedor ♪ - Oh, "Loser."

  • - (lip-syncing along) - ♪ I'm a loser, baby

  • So why don't-- ♪ Oh, it's Beck?

  • Oh, man.

  • - (Finebros) Do you know that song? - No. Not even a little bit.

  • ♪ (Beck, "Where It's At") ♪

  • Sounds really familiar.

  • I've heard this.

  • "Where It's At." Yes, I'm so happy right now.

  • Bottles and cans and just clap your hands

  • And just clap your hands

  • Where it's at! ♪

  • ♪ I got two turntables and a microphone

  • I've never seen any of these music videos,

  • but I've definitely heard the songs.

  • I want to jam out now.

  • (whispering along) ♪ Where it's at

  • (robotic voice) ♪ I got two turntables and a microphone

  • I have no idea what I just watched.

  • A little bit of a Dalek at the end there.

  • Can't you hear those cavalry drums

  • Is that Jack Black?

  • Was that seriously Jack Black?

  • Breathing Freon

  • Oh. Okay, then.

  • Okay. It's a fridge humping an oven till it explodes,

  • but it's okay 'cause it's Beck.

  • The logic of all sex laws

  • Like, my head is having a musicgasm right now.

  • He's playing a broom.

  • Cry

  • (laughing) It's a zebra.

  • It's weird, and I actually really like it.

  • You guys look really disappointed in me.

  • ♪ (punk rock music) ♪

  • (Finebros) So do you have any idea who it is now?

  • - No. - No.

  • I know who he is in the songs, but I don't know his name.

  • Yeah, that's Beck.

  • - (Finebros) This is Beck. - Like Glenn Beck?

  • Beck. That's what it was.

  • I've heard his name come out of my dad's mouth.

  • Yeah, not ringing any bells.

  • - (Finebros) Have you heard of him? - No.

  • Nope.

  • I have heard of him, yeah.

  • Yes. Just recently from the awards.

  • Didn't Kanye say something?

  • Kanye was like, oh yeah, he didn't deserve something.

  • (Finebros) How do you know Beck?

  • I've known about Beck for a little while.

  • He made the song "Loser."

  • He was kind of one of the original alternative members.

  • He's brought out the quirky side of alternative.

  • (Finebros) How would you describe his musical style?

  • Strange.

  • Sounds like indie.

  • Eclectic, an acquired taste.

  • His older work was so much more upbeat.

  • His newer stuff seemed more like folky.

  • Versatile. I think he can adapt to what's good

  • and what he likes at the time.

  • (Finebros) He hadn't made a major album since 2008.

  • But then he made this new album in 2014,

  • where the first song was from,

  • which won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.

  • He won Best Album?

  • I have no idea who he is, and he wins Best Album of the Year?

  • (Finebros) And he beat out Beyoncé

  • and Pharrell and Sam Smith and more.

  • Are you surprised that Beck won Album of the Year

  • over those artists?

  • Yeah, kind of, 'cause there wasn't really a big hype for it.

  • Happy surprised, 'cause it's nice to see

  • that people still support him over time.

  • I don't really care for pop music.

  • So, you know, when I heard Beck won,

  • I was like, "Yeah! Awesome!"

  • I'm completely surprised. Usually the Grammys go on

  • what's really, really popular at the time.

  • I had no idea who he was until the Grammys.

  • And not until he won his Grammy did he get number-one album.

  • So I feel like Sam Smith and Beyoncé were a lot more deserving,

  • just because they worked just as hard

  • and they actually sold a ton of albums.

  • Just because it's pop music doesn't mean it's bad.

  • (Finebros) Well, when he won, Kanye West came on stage.

  • No. Are you serious? Again?

  • Yes. I saw that.

  • That's so mean of him.

  • He has no right to go up there and take away this guy's moment.

  • I think that Kanye is a horrible person.

  • (booming voice) Burn!

  • (Finebros) And he almost said something, and then he walked away.

  • Later he said that Beyoncé deserved to win,

  • though he also admitted he hadn't even listened to Beck's album.

  • (Madison scoffs)

  • What's with him and Beyoncé?

  • Jay Z should be legitimately concerned.

  • She could make the worst song in the world,

  • and he will say she deserves to win.

  • Well, that's kind of funny, though.

  • I feel like he's like the world's biggest troll.

  • It annoyed me, because if you really haven't listened to it,

  • how can you judge this?

  • Oh, that's just such a hypocrite,

  • 'cause I'm thinking the same way.

  • I've never listened to Beck's full album,

  • yet I'm criticizing him.

  • Okay, like, me and Kanye are both wrong.

  • I feel like we shouldn't have an opinion on it

  • until we've actually heard Beck's full album and then decided.

  • (Finebros) So Beck's album sold a lot of records

  • and was even on the charts.

  • But despite the success of this album and it winning a Grammy,

  • it's not getting played on the radio...

  • Yeah, they always play the same four songs on the radio.

  • (Finebros) ...even though he used to

  • be played on the radio all the time.

  • Why do you think the radio is so narrow?

  • Because the radio feels like

  • they only should play the "relevant" stuff.

  • I don't know. I wish I knew the answer.

  • Most radio stations aim towards a younger audience.

  • The radio is good, but then it's bad,

  • because it only plays the top 10 songs,

  • and it plays them over and over and over.

  • We stopped listening to music because of the music,

  • and we started listening to it because of the artists.

  • Like, we don't listen to

  • Taylor Swift's new song because it's good.

  • We listen to it because it's Taylor Swift's new song.

  • The radio plays music that matches our society today.

  • And our society today is focused on ass.

  • You have no idea how disappointed I am with the teens my age.

  • They only stick to the pop radio stations,

  • 'cause it's all catchy and they don't have to think about it,

  • as long as it sounds decent in the background.

  • Just explore it on your own.

  • Look at who you like, then look at their predecessors.

  • Look at what inspired them.

  • (Finebros) And what do you think about the idea

  • that this is going to happen to you when you get older?

  • There's gonna be major artists that you know,

  • that you'll grow up and teenagers will have no idea who they are?

  • Yeah, that's sad.

  • Hey, you know? I didn't think about that,

  • and I'm really not looking forward to it.

  • I understand my mom so much more now.

  • Oh no, that's so weird.

  • And you guys are probably all mad, huh?

  • You're like, "What do you mean, 'Who's Beck?'"

  • It does bother you to a certain extent,

  • because some artists make such an impact on your life,

  • and then people in the future

  • aren't going to get exposed to them at all.

  • It's kind of our job to show them,

  • these are all our good artists.

  • (Finebros) So finally, are you now

  • going to check out Beck's new album?

  • Um, realistically, probably not.

  • I'm sorry, Beck. I support you, you know?

  • It sounds cool, but it's just not my thing.

  • Absolutely.

  • Yeah! Yeah, most definitely.

  • I think I seriously am gonna sit down,

  • watch all his YouTube videos, probably download his album,

  • 'cause he sounds really good. I like it.

  • I honestly thought that this was one of his first albums.

  • I had no idea, so that's so weird to me.

  • I'll probably listen to it now.

  • Have more respect for Beck.

  • Thanks so much for watching this episode of Teens React.

  • Bonus footage from this episode

  • will be coming out on the React channel,

  • so make sure to subscribe there.

  • Bye.

  • Goodbye. Look up some Beck.

  • Just do yourself a favor and look him up.

♪ (punk rock music) ♪