Tropicalia (song)

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Beck - Tropicalia.jpg
Single by Beck
from the album Mutations
B-side "Halo of Gold" / "Black Balloon"
Released7 December 1998 (UK)
Genre Tropicalia, neo-psychedelia
Label Geffen
GFS 22365 (UK, 7")
GFSTD-22365 (UK, CD)
Songwriter(s) Beck Hansen
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich and Beck Hansen
Beck singles chronology
"Cold Brains"

"Tropicalia" is a song from Beck's 1998 album Mutations . It was released as a single in the UK in December 1998. The B-side "Halo of Gold" is a drastically reworked cover version of "Furry Heroine (Halo of Gold)" by Skip Spence.


Beck said that "Tropicalia"'s inspiration was "I've always loved a lot of different exotic music. I've been listening to Brazilian music since I was a kid, but I haven't really felt it was something that would come naturally until the last few years. I think for something like 'Tropicalia' I needed to go to places where that music existed in order to get to the point where I could do it myself. I wrote it in the back of the bus on tour, and then later I put lyrics to it. A lot of times I write the melody and the chords of the songs sometimes years before I ever get around it writing lyrics, so it just sits there incubating." [1]

Beck has not performed "Tropicalia" live since September 11, 2014. [2]

Beck does not play any instrument in the song. [1]

Track listings


  1. "Tropicalia" – 3:23
  2. "Halo of Gold" – 4:29
  3. "Black Balloon" – 3:30


  1. "Tropicalia" – 3:23
  2. "Halo of Gold" – 4:29


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  2. "Hijacked Flavors - Concert Info - September 11, 2014".