“American Girls” was recorded in 1998, put out under the name of Homie. This track was on the soundtrack for the movie Meet the Deedles, making it the only officially release Homie song. Written by Rivers Cuomo, the song was performed by many members of other bands. Along with weezer’s own Matt Sharp, Brian Bell, and Pat Wilson, the recording features members of a band called Shufflepuck (Adam Orth and Justin Fisher), Cake (Greg Brown), and Soul Coughing (Yuval Gabay and Sebastian Steinburg).
Two versions of this song exist. The one presented here is a slower version containing harmonica. The other version, often referred to as the Hard Rock version, is much faster and has a more weezer-esque sound to it. Both versions are awesome and should be listened to if you can hunt them down!
“I Don’t Want Your Loving” was recorded in 2002, as an acoustic demo which might eventually make it onto the album Make Believe. For a long time, this acoustic demo was the only version of the song. Years later, Rivers revisited the song and decided to release a full-band version on the album full of weezer demos, called Death to False Metal in 2010.
Recorded at some point around 1995 or 1996, “Lisa” is a track that was likely written with the intent of being on the band’s second album, Pinkerton. Due to the era this track was written and recorded in, it was largely believed that it was another track from the Songs From the Black Hole project. However, Rivers confirmed that it was, in fact, not intended to be on that album. It was finally released in 2011, as a track on Rivers’ third solo album, Alone III. It’s a very cool Pinkerton era demo, and giving it a listen is a great way to end Pinkerton’s birthday week!
Another Pinkerton track for the week of Pinkerton’s birthday, “I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams” was originally recorded in 1996, and released as a B-Side to The Good Life single. The guest singer on this track is Rachel Haden of the band that dog. As this song was originally intended to be on the never released Songs From the Black Hole album (a common theme amongst Pinkerton tracks), the lyrics are from the perspective of one of the characters in that story, Laurel. In the original idea for SFTBH, Rachel Haden would voice all of Laurel’s parts! Because of this, I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams is as close as we have come to a fully realized Black Hole track!
Sticking with the Pinkerton theme in honor of its 17th birthday this week, this song is “Longtime Sunshine”. Written in 1994, this track was originally intended for the album called Songs From the Black Hole. After that album failed to get off the ground, it was next intended to be on Pinkerton! However, it never ended up getting released until a demo of it came out on Rivers’ solo album called Alone. This version of the song is a more fleshed out demo than that first one, recorded by the full band and featuring an extended ending with different band members singing the chorus from various Pinkerton and Black Hole songs. This recording was released as one of the tracks on the Pinkerton: Deluxe Edition in 2011. It is an interesting take on the song, starting off with a very pleasant and simple acoustic guitar and piano arrangement, with Rivers gently singing the song. As the ending hits, multiple songs are going on at once leading to a very chaotic feeling. The juxtaposition of the simple beginning and the complex ending makes this one of the most interesting weezer songs from the era, representing the entire feel of the Pinkerton era in an awesome way.
For anyone curious, the songs being sung during the coda are Longtime Sunshine, Why Bother, No Other One, I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams, and Blast Off.
Happy birthday, Pinkerton! The song to celebrate today is a pretty cool version of the track “You Won’t Get With Me Tonight”. This song was originally written in 1995, intended to be used on weezer’s would-be second album, Songs From the Black Hole. Various demo versions of this song have been in existence for a while, with one version even being released as a track on Pinkerton: Deluxe Edition. But this version of the song has become known as the “Crushing Version,” and is the only full-band recording of it! Drummer Pat Wilson has spoken of this full-band version in the past, and at some point in 2011 it was leaked online. Featuring Brian Bell on backup vocals, rather than Rivers singing all of the vocal tracks, this demo gives us a decent idea for what a fully realized SFTBH track might sound like. Enjoy!
With September 24th being Pinkerton’s 17th birthday, it only seems appropriate to post some Pinkerton tracks this week! So starting off the week, we have an early recording of the first song on the album Pinkerton, “Tired of Sex.” Originally written at some point in 1994, this track was first considered for the never-released concept album called Songs from the Black Hole. After the idea for that album fell apart, Tired of Sex was one of the few songs that made the jump from SFTBH to Pinkerton! This early version of the song was released on officially released on 2010’s Pinkerton: Deluxe Edition.
“Sunshine, O” is a track written by Rivers with his late 90’s band called Homie. Only two live versions of this song exist, with no official recording ever having been released. It is similar in sound to many of the Homie tracks that have been floating around online from 1997, with a very poppy and upbeat feel. With lyrics like “Sunshine, o sunshine, rain down on me, I’ve been a bad bad boy, so give your love to me” and “Every night, as you fade I feel the moon, the wicked moon, it’s wicked way” this song is likely proof that Rivers Cuomo is, in fact, a werewolf.
In 2003, Weezer recorded a cover of Green Day’s song “Worry Rock.” The cover was recorded for a Green Day tribute album called A Different Shade of Green. The cover is semi-acoustic and features Petra Haden, member of the band that dog, on violin. This song was obviously an influence on Weezer, as their third album, the Green Album, features a song called Knock down Drag Out, the title of which is taken from the lyrics of Worry Rock. Interestingly enough, Rivers saw it fit to change the lyrics “fucked without a kiss again” from the original track to “hugged without a kiss again”
Another Homie track for today, “I’ll Think About You” was first written in 1994 by Rivers as a weezer song. It ended up getting shelved and resurfaced during the band’s hiatus in 1997, played live by River’s band called Homie. While numerous live recordings of this track were floating around the internet for a while, it wasn’t until Rivers’ second solo album, Alone II, in 2008 that the song saw official release! As an interesting note, in all of the live recordings of this song that exist, Rivers introduces it by warning the audience that it “sounds a little like the Sesame Street theme song.”