This is a must-read for all hardcore O.G. Weezer fans. Mapes first heard Pinkerton when she was 13 and became obsessed. She later came across the notorious “Peepshow” interview with Rivers Cuomo and learned all kinds of dirty things about her nerdy hero. Read the story.
It’s been over a year since we first heard about Weezer‘s expanded Pinkerton reissue. Back then, we made a guess at the track list. Turns out we were pretty close, since the official track list has been announced with the release date of November 2.
We’re only getting one version of “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly,” and we’re not getting the radio remix of “Pink Triangle” or the Pixies cover, “Velouria.” Known Songs from the Black Hole songs “Blast Off!” and “Superfriend” are also left out, but there are a couple of songs we hadn’t heard of a year ago: “Getting Up And Leaving” and “Tragic Girl.”
Full track list below…
Video: Weezer – “Memories”
It’s funny to remember that Glorious Noise began before Weezer‘s green album. Back then, I had a lot of hope for their future. Like a lot of fans, I was disappointed when the follow-up to Pinkterton finally came out (Weezer vs. the Record Industry: Guess Who Won, 2001). I concluded that piece with the following:
Let’s hope this one sells millions of copies so they feel liberated enough to follow it up with a little bit of forward evolution. Is that lame of me to even think that way? Am I being suckered by a corporate marketing machine into consuming goods I don’t even enjoy? I honestly don’t know. After all, I’m just a fan.
Ah, naivete. So where does that leave us? With memories…and nostalgia. But it’s always fun to see a guy take a ball in the face. Fuck aging gracefully. Let’s bust out some rad skateboard tricks!
Last night, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo tweeted the news:
Hey, Weezer is happy to announce our signing to @epitaphrecs and release of new album “Hurley” on September 14.
Having fulfilled its contract with DGC/Geffen/Interscope/UMG after seven albums, Weezer was free to go. It’s certainly a different atmosphere in the music industry these days from what it was in 1993 when they signed with DGC, the subsidiary label that David Geffen spun off in 1990 as a major label home for weirdos like Sonic Youth and Nirvana. Between the releases of the Blue album and Pinkerton, Geffen stepped down as head of his own label. Then during the band’s hiatus before the Green album, the label was acquired by Universal Music Group and merged into Interscope. It’s a whole new world today with essentially no incentive for an established group to sign a new contract with a major label.
Goddamn you, Rivers Cuomo. I just can’t quit you!
Listen to the whole thing or just the songs:
He’s a damn good sport.
Below are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter…
# Bobby Charles, songwriter of “Walking to New Orleans” and “See You Later Alligator”, dead at 71. http://ow.ly/WP6u about 3 hours ago
# RT @slicingeyeballs: Robyn Hitchcock’s ‘Propellor Time,’ due March 22, to feature Peter Buck, Johnny Marr, John Paul Jones http://ow.ly/WImE about 6 hours ago
# RT @billboardglenn: First the rumors, now the article. From Billboard.biz: Layoffs Begin Across Universal Music Group http://bit.ly/93c8vm about 17 hours ago
# RT @adamficek: so…….just got the bat call, it seems tonight is babyshambles at rhythm factory. Best get off train. about 20 hours ago
# On This Day in 2004: @staceykanderson interviews the music directors of one of the best college radio stations in America. http://ow.ly/WAGi about 20 hours ago
# RT @rockcritics: Lisa Robinson’s oral history of disco from #VanityFair features Moroder, Rodgers, Gaynor, et al. http://bit.ly/4xWDp7 about 21 hours ago
# Smoking Gun has FCC complaints re: @adamlambert AMA show: “total fagatoni which I am OK with.” Did @Buddyhead write that? http://ow.ly/WykU about 22 hours ago
Lots more after the jump…
The fine folks at the Fork have been uncovering all kinds of new music for you to check out. It’s hard for anybody to listen to everything. We handpick the stuff that might appeal to the GLONO reader…whatever that means. Listen for yourself and let us know what you think.
Here’s our latest roundup of the good stuff that Pitchfork has given up recently on their Forkcast:
More fun after the jump…
Yesterday evening Rivers Cuomo posted a little note to his Twitter account:
“Tragic Girl” is going to be like “You Know You’re Right” for Pinkerton fans.
A translation for non-obsessives: there’s an unreleased, un-bootlegged outtake from the Pinkerton era called “Tragic Girl” that’s been rumored to be included in an upcoming Pinkerton deluxe reissue. Cuomo is comparing this song to Nirvana‘s “You Know You’re Right,” the post-In Utero song that was eventually released on a 2002 best-of compilation.
Rivers Cuomo has 152,695 followers on Twitter, but not even half of us opted to fork over cash for Weezer’s new album. Last week, Cuomo admitted that he was disappointed with sales estimates of 60-65k, and noted that “if each follower plunked down 3.99 at amazon we’d sell 131,046.” In the week since he posted that, he’s added 20,000 followers but how many new fans? What does that even mean anymore? What is a fan?
1. Carrie Underwood – “Play On” – 318,000 (debut)
2. Michael Jackson – “This Is It” – 196,000 (down 48%)
3. Andrea Bocelli – “My Christmas” – 149,000 (debut)
4. “Glee” soundtrack – 113,000 (debut)
5. “Now 32” – 102,000 (debut)
6. Taylor Swift – “Fearless” – 70,000 (down 36%)
7. Weezer – “Raditude” – 66,000 (debut)
8. Michael Buble – “Crazy Love” – 59,000 (down 17%)
9. Sting – “If On A Winter’s Night” – 59,000 (down 26%)
10. “New Moon” soundtrack – 52,000 (down 24%)
More sales data after the jump…
Infomercial: Weezer Snuggie
From the press release:
The Snuggie blanket is more than a fun idea, impulse buy or kitschy TV ad; it is a truly innovative and ultimately functional product. It’s made of lightweight, soft fleece that keeps people of all ages warm indoors and out, with large, roomy sleeves allowing for free movement. It answers a basic need shared by many – staying warm and comfortable while having hands free to do what you please – channel surf, snack, read a book… or crank up the volume on your favorite Weezer song.
Those guys in Weezer, they certainly know how to tap into Internet memes. $29.99 gets you the Snuggie. But wait, there’s more. Order now and they’ll throw in the new album. For real.