Friday, July 14, 2006

where's my deluxe edition of "pinkerton"

"I'm not convinced that we have a greatest-hits album that is worth putting out at this point." -- Rivers Cuomo

Hey Rivers, though you may not be too aware of this due to your recent nuptuals and general insanity, but there's actually two Weezer greatest hits albums. This one and this one.

I can't say that I'm too surprised that Cuomo is putting the brakes on his long-running band, Weezer. Post-Pinkerton, they always seemed like they were on the verge of breaking up, which may or may not have been attributed to Cuomo's legendary ego. Though their last three albums have been lukewarm at best, Weezer has still gone on to maintain their cult-like status despite giving frat boys anthems such as "Beverly Hills" and "Hash Pipe."

I personally have very fond memories of watching Weezer play and enjoying many of their records (even the "Green Album!"), but I must say that this break-up is long overdue and most definitely welcome by yours truly.

Like many people in their 20's, I want to preserve the legend of Weezer with their apex (and arguably overhyped), "Pinkerton." And like those same kids, I'd rather not be reminded of how Cuomo whored out his writing to bands such as Cold and Limp Bizkit, as well as going back to writing generic pop songs to get some of that Clear Channel money. Essentially, we can credit Cuomo with rubbishing the Weezer mythos.

At the same time, the slow suicide of Weezer has also birthed bands such as Ozma and The Rentals (featuring former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp) who not only owe a lot to Weezer, but are up to par with Cuomo's melodic nerd confessions.

[Related Links]

Rivers breaks up Weezer via MTV
The Rentals


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