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“Wired was a pretty big influence, mainly because of Jan Hammer. See, I thought his licks were being played by Beck, so I figured out all of his parts before I found out who was doing what. I had a pretty crappy stereo at the time – what can I say?
“This album is exceptional. Going Down is great, and so is Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You by Dylan – Beck plays with that song like a cat with a ball of yarn; he entertains himself. Because it’s rooted in the blues and R&B, it’s not so much him going, ‘OK, here’s where I play the fast part, and here’s the melody, and now I have to make a funny sound.’ It’s more like he’s guesting on his own record.
“They cut the record in Memphis, so Jeff might have been out of his element in a way. Steve Cropper is on a track, and he sounds fantastic. It’s a looser thing than Jeff did before. Using slide with a wah? I’d never heard anybody do that before. The album shows off the best elements of Beck’s playfulness and his randomness. It’ll never be that way again.”