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(Billboard)   'Weird Al' Yankovic joins Weezer for an accordion-spiked version of 'Africa' (w/ video)   ( billboard.com) divider line
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2018-08-09 10:58:20 AM  
TY for that, subby.
 
2018-08-09 11:41:51 AM  
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2018-08-09 12:24:00 PM  
Can this song meme be over yet?
 
2018-08-09 12:26:21 PM  
I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.
 
2018-08-09 12:27:50 PM  
That was great.
 
2018-08-09 12:29:29 PM  

Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.


The first two, and half of the Green Album and half of Maladroit. They never made another record after that.
 
2018-08-09 12:31:31 PM  
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2018-08-09 12:39:46 PM  

Trocadero: Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.

The first two, and half of the Green Album and half of Maladroit. They never made another record after that.


Every damn guitar solo on The Green Album is just the farking melody of the song.  Whose decision was it to neuter Rivers on that record?  I mean, I bought it on release day and was thrilled to pop it in and hear that intro to "Don't Let Go" and thing "Yes! Weezer's back!"  But the more I listened to it, the less I liked it.

Maladroit brought me back a bit. But not much else of their output has really resonated with me since.
 
2018-08-09 12:40:15 PM  
love it.
 
2018-08-09 12:45:20 PM  

Trocadero: Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.

The first two, and half of the Green Album and half of Maladroit. They never made another record after that.


Also El Scorcho and the Good Life off Pinkerton.  There weren't any other songs on that album.
 
2018-08-09 12:46:49 PM  
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2018-08-09 12:48:06 PM  

Palined Parenthood: Can this song meme be over yet?


Don't make me rick-roll you.
 
2018-08-09 01:00:24 PM  
At the beginning of the video he asks what country they want to visit. He pretends that he heard Europe. I hope that at least one show he does this and then the band breaks out into The Final Countdown.
 
2018-08-09 01:02:32 PM  

Everything is Awful: At the beginning of the video he asks what country they want to visit. He pretends that he heard Europe. I hope that at least one show he does this and then the band breaks out into The Final Countdown.


So I may still get to hear "Heat of the Moment" is what you're saying?
 
2018-08-09 01:06:40 PM  

EyeballKid: Everything is Awful: At the beginning of the video he asks what country they want to visit. He pretends that he heard Europe. I hope that at least one show he does this and then the band breaks out into The Final Countdown.

So I may still get to hear "Heat of the Moment" is what you're saying?


Or "Horse With No Name".
 
2018-08-09 01:07:55 PM  
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2018-08-09 01:30:10 PM  
Add another TY to Subby.
 
2018-08-09 02:31:14 PM  

Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.


If they're "grasping for relevance," I dont't think covering a song that hasn't charted in 35 years is how to do it.

No, this isn't grasping for relevance; this is fan service, which is a different thing. The Toto cover came about because Weezer fans organized a campaign to convince them to cover it. They are just giving their fans exactly what they asked for.

Now, I don't disagree with your overall sentiment, though. I think Hari Kondabolu said it best, though
Hari Kondabolu- Weezer Broke My Heart
Youtube 5W64pLR3WjM
 
2018-08-09 03:15:40 PM  
Why is everyone excited to here them cover that stupid song?
 
2018-08-09 03:19:31 PM  

Some Random Jerk On The Internet: Why is everyone excited to here them cover that stupid song?


Because learning to appreciate new things is hard, and nobody went broke peddling nostalgia to the masses.
 
2018-08-09 03:28:27 PM  
HAHAHA, Weezer knew their cover sucked, so they had to do something to get people to pay attention.

It would have been a decent cover if they had put a different spin on it. At least Leo Morichellis version put it in a different genre. If you're going to do a note for note, tone for tone recreation, I might as well just go see Toto, they are still touring.
 
2018-08-09 03:39:49 PM  

Some Random Jerk On The Internet: Why is everyone excited to here them cover that stupid song?


People like fun things. Sorry that offends you.
 
2018-08-09 03:40:44 PM  

mrsleep: HAHAHA, Weezer knew their cover sucked, so they had to do something to get people to pay attention.

It would have been a decent cover if they had put a different spin on it. At least Leo Morichellis version put it in a different genre. If you're going to do a note for note, tone for tone recreation, I might as well just go see Toto, they are still touring.


People have been paying attention to it: https://www.billboard.com/article​s/col​umns/chart-beat/8469320/weezer-alterna​tive-songs-number-one-toto-africa-cove​r

For a song made as a joke for fan service, it's been surprisingly successful.
 
2018-08-09 04:05:20 PM  
I thought once we got past 2000 ham-fisted hopped-up covers of 80's songs was something we were going to be over with....
 
2018-08-09 04:08:53 PM  

Skarekrough: I thought once we got past 2000 ham-fisted hopped-up covers of 80's songs was something we were going to be over with....


Bands doing wacky covers is the equivalent of all the '80s stand-up comics' Jack Nicholson impersonations.
 
2018-08-09 05:48:02 PM  

EyeballKid: Some Random Jerk On The Internet: Why is everyone excited to here them cover that stupid song?

Because learning to appreciate new things is hard, and nobody went broke peddling nostalgia to the masses.


My 2018 Fark Fiction Anthology entry is a sci-fi story that highlights this, and people actually pay to take time-travel cruises through time periods from their childhoods. Even lame ones like the 1996 Olympics.
 
2018-08-09 09:58:31 PM  

Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.


Entertainers entertain. Why chastise them for doing entertainment that people other than yourself find entertaining.

If you don't like it, I urge you to go book yourself at The Forum,  it's avaikable for rental, get 14,000 people together and you can sing whatever songs you want to sing.

The crowd seemed to be enjoying it.

I'm sure your show is better though.
 
2018-08-09 10:01:17 PM  

meanmutton: mrsleep: HAHAHA, Weezer knew their cover sucked, so they had to do something to get people to pay attention.

It would have been a decent cover if they had put a different spin on it. At least Leo Morichellis version put it in a different genre. If you're going to do a note for note, tone for tone recreation, I might as well just go see Toto, they are still touring.

People have been paying attention to it: https://www.billboard.com/articles​/columns/chart-beat/8469320/weezer-alt​ernative-songs-number-one-toto-africa-​cover

For a song made as a joke for fan service, it's been surprisingly successful.


It's only #1.  I expected better from them.
 
2018-08-09 10:01:48 PM  

paulleah: Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.

Entertainers entertain. Why chastise them for doing entertainment that people other than yourself find entertaining.

If you don't like it, I urge you to go book yourself at The Forum,  it's avaikable for rental, get 14,000 people together and you can sing whatever songs you want to sing.

The crowd seemed to be enjoying it.

I'm sure your show is better though.


One need not be a gourmet chef to dislike a shiat sandwich, bud.
 
2018-08-09 10:05:47 PM  

Palined Parenthood: paulleah: Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.

Entertainers entertain. Why chastise them for doing entertainment that people other than yourself find entertaining.

If you don't like it, I urge you to go book yourself at The Forum,  it's avaikable for rental, get 14,000 people together and you can sing whatever songs you want to sing.

The crowd seemed to be enjoying it.

I'm sure your show is better though.

One need not be a gourmet chef to dislike a shiat sandwich, bud.


But people like this.

So you literally can't tell the difference between shiat and shinola.  Even Navin Johnson knew that.
 
2018-08-09 10:07:07 PM  

paulleah: Palined Parenthood: paulleah: Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.

Entertainers entertain. Why chastise them for doing entertainment that people other than yourself find entertaining.

If you don't like it, I urge you to go book yourself at The Forum,  it's avaikable for rental, get 14,000 people together and you can sing whatever songs you want to sing.

The crowd seemed to be enjoying it.

I'm sure your show is better though.

One need not be a gourmet chef to dislike a shiat sandwich, bud.

But people like this.

So you literally can't tell the difference between shiat and shinola.  Even Navin Johnson knew that.


This has been a good talk.
 
2018-08-10 12:19:02 AM  

Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.


Their white album was a big step forward (backward?) for them. I'd say it's their third best album.
 
2018-08-10 12:33:51 AM  

richlip: Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.

Their white album was a big step forward (backward?) for them. I'd say it's their third best album.


I'll give it a listen. Thank you.
 
2018-08-10 10:40:18 AM  

Palined Parenthood: Can this song meme be over yet?


If 36 years isn't long enough, I wouldn't count on it going away anytime soon.
 
2018-08-10 10:51:41 AM  

richlip: Palined Parenthood: I mean, seriously, I get that bands evolve and I was a huge Weezer fan, but I feel like they've just been chasing trends and fads over the last decade or so, making this "Africa" cover, and their recording of it, seem like a desperate grasp for brief relevance. If I'm wrong, please tell me which album of theirs to listen to.

Their white album was a big step forward (backward?) for them. I'd say it's their third best album.


Isn't every Weezer album a white album?
 
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