Cellphone's Dead

"Cellphone's Dead" is a song by American musician Beck. It appears on the album The Information (2006) and was also released as a single.

"Cellphone's Dead"
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Single by Beck
from the album The Information
B-side"O Menina"
Released2 October 2006 (UK)
3 October 2006 (US)
RecordedWinter 2003 – Spring 2006
LabelInterscope Records
Songwriter(s)Beck Hansen
Producer(s)Nigel Godrich
Beck singles chronology
"Cellphone's Dead"
"Think I'm in Love"


The opening bass synth riff has been cited as reminiscent in tone and rhythmic character of "Chameleon" by jazz artist Herbie Hancock from his 1973 record Head Hunters.[1]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Michel Gondry. It is available on the 2009 DVD compilation Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1).

The video was filmed to resemble one long shot and employs Gondry's signature usage of special effects. In the black-and-white video, Beck walks into an empty house, tuning a radio to different stations, then sitting down in a chair, where he sings the song. Suddenly, the view of the city skyline outside morphs into a 2-dimensional humanoid figure, and the door morphs into a figure as well. As the video progresses, Beck and those two figures morph into each other, transforming into doors and skylines, while the apartment's radio and dresser morph into different forms, as well.

The visual effects were completed at Fly Studio.

BPitch Control remixesEdit

A remix 12-inch single was released by Berlin-based label BPitch Control, featuring remixes by Ellen Allien and Ricardo Villalobos.[2] These remixes also appear on disc 2 of the deluxe version of The Information.


  1. ^ Dombal, Ryan (October 4, 2006). "Beck: The Information album review". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "Beck - Cellphone's Dead (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2012-02-09.

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