White boy with moves/sexy mop/man with my last name as his first name, Beck Hansen, is known for a few things: a sweet falsetto, nonsensical rapping, and frequent use of the Becktionary. Oh, and being a member of
creepy cult Scientology.
He opened up to Vulture about the
self-help theology with more secrets than North Korea religion, which he says is, "always the last question journalists ask."
He says he does not have any opinion about why so many people seem so interested in it. He says his father was involved in Scientology since before he was born and "has had lots of benefits from it," that "it's just something that I've been around." "Some people," he says, "do yoga, some people get into meditation, a whole half of my family are all Presbyterian and they're very churchgoing, and my grandfather on my mother's side was smoking hash and drinking beer every night.
"Everybody," he continues, "is trying to figure out a way to deal with their issues and things that are unresolved. I mean, some things just don't resolve. But whatever's going to get you through. That's my feeling about it."
So Scientology is a part of his life?
"Yeah," he says, "people in my family do it. I've read books, and I've learned about it. I mean, what I'm doing—I have a job, raising kids, I have friends, I have my interests, so I think my life is pretty full. I'm not off doing some weirdo stuff.
"When there is a consensus about [anything]," he says, "I kind of have to take my own council. Whether you characterize a group of people as probable terrorists, however a media can represent a nationality or religion, there's always more to it. Within that culture there's warlike people, there's beatific, peace-loving people, there's people just trying to make a buck, there's people selfless, greedy …"
So, there are all the regular people Scientology bleeds dry and then there's the celebrities who they treat like royalty/exploit for publicity. And then there's Beck, just doing Beck. Really cool, sounds like a lot of fun for everyone.
I think Beck is a great musician, and he's got moves like a stray cat in heat, but yuck. Other than that, his new album, Beck Hansen's Song Reader, sounds wacky: it's transcribed sheet-music that's not recorded by Beck. I'm not exactly sure what that means but, alright.