Because most thought Beck was destined to be a one-hit-wonder after "Loser
," the Dust Brothers took their time perfecting Odelay
without the pressure to produce a hit. "It was great to make a record with nobody looking over our shoulders, nobody anticipating what we were going to do, so we were freed up," said Simpson.
But that's not to say there wasn't any
pressure, particularly with this track. Simpson explained: "Beck had a concept in mind for Odelay
and kind of wanted to make a different record to one he'd made before. But at the same time he didn't want to alienate the fans that he already had, especially after the success of 'Loser'. So we kind of had this idea that 'Where It's At' would be this kind of bridge to connect his previous work with the rest of the album.
I thought it was a nice blend of Beck sounding really good rapping, but then lots of nice musical elements. The horns and the keyboard riff just takes you back to shows like The Wonder Years
. It's one of those riffs that makes you reminisce back to your childhood."