WEEZER WOULD LIKE YOUR FORGIVENESS

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Weezer is coming out with a new album and the whole schtick is that they are “returning to their roots” or whatever. I have a feeling that a lot people just don’t know what that means – who the F is Weezer? What are their roots? Why do they want to go back to said roots?

Well, I’m going to to tell you because I was a HUGE Weezer fan when I was a kid. I made my dad take me and my best friend to their concert and we sang along to every song. It was truly an amazing experience for a 13 year old. But over the years, Weezer just started to suck. It was like the classic case of a band selling out, just going through the motions and churning out subpar music for $$$. They treated being in a band and creating music as a job instead of an art form. It’s an easy trap, you see a lot of musicians do it once they hit their mid-30’s and start a family (Black Keys…I’m looking at you).


Check out this Spike Jonze-directed video set in the Happy Days universe!
But before all that happened, Weezer was seriously tight. They were kinda nerdy and wore sweaters, and wrote this guitar-heavy pop-rock with amazing melodies and harmonies. Their first album became pretty popular. I think we’ve all heard “Buddy Holly” or “Say It Ain’t So”, right? Then they came out with a second album that people just didn’t get…at first. Although it was considered a commercial failure and received bad reviews, Pinkerton went on to achieve cult status. I just LOVE when a popular band comes out with a weird, secretly genius album that really confuses people (MGMT….I’m looking at you).



Weezer’s second album Pinkerton featured a darker sound and was even better than their first album IMO.
After the apparent failure of their second album, the frontman/songwriter Rivers Cuomo just kind of went off the deep end for a while and then came back with The Green Album which is probably one of the most bland albums ever created by a human. And things were all downhill from there until they hit rock bottom with “Beverly Hills”, their most popular and worst song to date. Just…ugh. I saw them live a few years ago at a free concert at Ohio State and it was pretty cool. Everyone was nodding along and they were playing a lot of their old stuff. But then they started playing “Beverly Hills” and everyone was freaking out with their hands in the air, singing along. All my friends were looking at me, nodding and smiling like, “That’s where I want to BE!”
I wanted to throw up.

I guess what I have found particularly disturbing is that Weezer robbed me and all their fans of a piece of our identities. We identify with the bands we love. People always ask, “What kind of music do you like?” and they judge you based on whatever you say. Being a Weezer fan used to mean a specific thing: you liked rock, you listened to more “indie” music, and it gave you some credibility. Most importantly, if you said you loved Weezer and the other person did too, you had something wonderful that you could share. Now if I say I like Weezer, people are just like, “Oh yeah! BEVERLY HILLS!” and I want to slap them. That special kinship is gone.


Now they have this new song called “Back to the Shack,” which directly appeals to their old time fans. “Sorry guys I didn’t realize that I needed you so much/I thought I’d get a new audience, I forgot that disco sucks,” Cuomo sings. Okay, that’s kind of lame but I have to appreciate that this song is catchy as hell and is reminiscent of Weezer’s old stuff. They also brought back Ric Ocasek, who produced their first album.

I’m a pretty big snob but maybe I can actually have an open mind and give this a chance. Maybe when I listen to this album it will tie up all the loose ends for me and their middle stuff will somehow become more listenable. You can stream their new album on iTunes.

What do you think? Can you forgive and forget? Or will you RESENT AND REMEMBER?!

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3 Responses

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  2. Gotta say, I do love the Buddy Holly song…so catch lol

  3. Well written and informed post, i like 🙂

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