Listen to Beck’s New Acoustic Cover of Neil Young’s “Old Man,” as Debuted on ‘Sunday Night Football’

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Beck is a versatile musician, having amassed a career known as much for his boisterous brand of fuzzed-out indie/rock psychedelia as much as more subdued, introspective singer/songwriter material. Both avenues have earned him decades’ worth of acclaim and respect, as well as Grammy nominations (22) and wins (8).

Those tuning into Sunday Night Football this past weekend were treated to a snippet of Beck covering the Neil Young classic, “Old Man,” emphasizing the lyric “24 and there’s so much more” when previewing a game between Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs and Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers (and both quarterbacks’ Super Bowl titles at age 24).

Turns out, Beck recorded a cover of Young’s revered solo track, which is now available to stream in full:

It’s billed as a “standalone digital single.”

To date, Beck has released 14 studio albums, the most recent being 2019’s Hyperspace — his latest of the danceable, synth-pop variety.

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2022, meanwhile, marks the 20th anniversary of 2002’s Sea Change, a high-water mark in his catalog and a powerful showcase of his chameleonic musical identity:

Beck also recently admitted on a podcast that he regrets denying “Weird Al” Yankovic permission to record a parody of “Loser,” Beck’s breakthrough mid-1990s single:

He revealed this tidbit in his new Audible Original’s Words + Music series, Dear Life. Through the lens of time, Beck — who is now one of the most celebrated and respected musical artists around, a chameleonic genre-hopper who maintains a sound all his own throughout each project — said he regrets the denial:

“It was going to be called ‘Schmoozer.’ I regret denying him permission to do it. I think it would have been an amazing video. I’m actually really sad it didn’t happen.”

Billboard suggests that Yankovic most likely had aims to include the “Loser” parody on his 1996 album Bad Hair Day (which became one of his most well-known albums thanks to his Coolio parody, “Amish Paradise,” and helped spark Al’s mid-’90s revival).

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