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New Beck Song "Chemtrails" Hits the Web

May 20, 2008 9:20 AM ET

Beck's "Chemtrails," the first song from his upcoming Danger Mouse-produced Modern Guilt, is now streaming on the singer's official website. As Rolling Stone reported last week, the album channels British rock of the 1960s, and the psychedelic "Chemtrails" fits that mold. Beck seems to be channeling Jefferson Airplane/Moby Grape mastermind Skip Spence — an artist Beck previously covered — on the track, which may or may not be the first single. Modern Guilt still doesn't have an official release date, but sources say June is a safe bet.

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Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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