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!
Weezer’s second album Pinkerton featured a darker sound and was even better than their first album IMO.
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?!