Memories of Weezer

The year of nostalgia concerts (including Evan Dando, Pavement, Faith No More, and James) added another classic on Friday night with Weezer doing The Blue Album in its entirety over at Universal.

Weezer (Blue) has always held a fond place in my heart since first hearing “Undone – The Sweater Song” as a screamer of the week on WBRU, and over the years has become a go-to album for late night driving when I need something loud, familiar, and very singable.  (Fun fact: 2 of the 3 Weezer references in Timely Persuasion come from this record.)

I remember seeing Weezer open for Lush and Live in 1994 at Rocky Point, basically playing the album in order with “Surf Wax America” moved to the end.  Thus the Blue set at Friday’s show was the same thing 16 years later and restored to proper order.

The band opened the night with a time-travel-y “best of” set with 1-2 songs from each record, starting with the present and taking on the catalog in reverse chronological order.  (Jorge Garcia from LOST joined them for one song, which was more amusing than good but still cool.)

Rivers Cuomo did a “costume change” between sets, ditching his glasses and vest jacket and donning a pretty impressive reproduction of his 1994 self from the album cover — right down to the blue t-shirt and bowl cut.

As for the songs, they still hold up as well as ever.  I’d call out some highlights but that really wouldn’t do it justice.  Everything blurred together into a cohesive unit of perfection, including rarely played dust-offs like “The World Has Turned And Left Me Here” which hadn’t been played live since 1996.  “Say It Ain’t So” snuck up on me (much like it did at Coachella in 2005), as for some reason I always forget that song exists until I hear it come on.  Only then do I revel in its pure awesomeness.

Thanks for the memories, Weezer!


Memories / (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To / Troublemaker / Pork and Beans / Beverly Hills / Keep Fishin’ / Photograph / Island in the Sun / Hash Pipe / Falling for You / INTERMISSION / My Name Is Jonas / No One Else / The World Has Turned and Left Me Here / Buddy Holly / Undone – The Sweater Song / Surf Wax America / Say It Ain’t So / In the Garage / Holiday / Only in Dreams

Ramblings V

Been awhile since I posted…

  • Saw the 25th anniversary re-release of Back To The Future a few weeks ago.  Still holds up and still the best.  Noticed this time around that in many of the 1955 scenes George McFly has his shirt only tucked in on one side, which reminded me of Daniel Faraday from LOST.  Wonder if that was an intentional homage.
  • While on vacation in Hawaii recently we were absolutely blown away by Anjela Rose and her acoustic guitar covers at The Mediterranean Gourmet in Hanalei.  Opened with “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac and then romped through great renditions of a number of our favorites including “Shelter” by Ray LaMontagne, “I’ve Just Seen a Face” by the Beatles, and “Home” by Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeroes.  I can’t find any of her music online except for a vague reference to a demo called “In The Mean Time,” but I’ll keep digging.
  • Got really excited when a term paper about Timely Persuasion popped up in my Google Alerts, but it turned out to be the title of a paper about the poem “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell.  Thought about paying for a paper on TP, but figured at $20 a page it was an odd experiment.  (At least for now…)