was produced by the Dust Brothers, Michael Simpson and John King, known as the architects behind other memorable '90s fare like the Beastie Boys' sample-laden second album, Paul's Boutique
, Hanson's smash hit "MMMbop
," and the score to David Fincher's acclaimed Fight Club
For "Novacane," the duo wanted to capture the frenetic, rock star energy of the otherwise calm Beck. Simpson told MusicRadar: "It's interesting, when you become friends with Beck and you're working with him in the studio he's such a mild-mannered, super mellow, very gentle guy. But when he gets on stage he has these explosive qualities like Mick Jagger and punk rock, you know?
On 'Novacane' we just tried to harness some of that energy and capture it on record. It's interesting, on a lot of other projects we'd want to push to go crazy to get really weird unexpected things on record, and a lot of artists just don't want to go that far. Other times other artists would have to rein us in and go, 'Yeah I like the way that sounds, but I don't know if it's right for the record.'
With Beck it was like you couldn't throw something too crazy at him. He'd push us. He was like, 'What can we do to this song to make it more f--ked up?' and I feel like we achieved it on 'Novacane.'"