The Foo Fighters are no strangers to the strategic placement and eclectic choices of cover songs sprinkled throughout their setlists when they are on the road. And on their current 2018 world tour, they are certainly delivering the cover song goods. With Weezer along as the opening act for the down under leg, at a recent Melbourne show Dave Grohl called frontman Rivers Cuomo to the stage a for rousing rendition of the Kiss anthem “Detroit Rock City.” It was captured on a not-too-bad quality fan video.
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Earlier this week, we posted Wavves’ cover of the Weezer deep cut “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly,” and I went looking for our full-album tribute to Pinkerton to link to. Turns out I was misremembering and we hadn’t done one (we did do the their blue debut album many years ago). So today, for Pinkerton’s 20th birthday, we right that wrong.
At this point, the story of Pinkerton is almost as famous as the music on it. After a huge college radio hit with their debut, Rivers Cuomo and co. followed it up with this “difficult” second album. It’s more personal, confessional, weird, and divisive. Cuomo was so hurt by the album’s initial rejection by fans and critics that, to some interpretations, he turned to attempting radio-friendly crowd-pleasers and, as a result, has never made another masterpiece (though if you stopped following Weezer in their “featuring Lil Wayne” era, know that their two most recent LPs are a major return to form).
If you were a certain type of kid in the ’90s, instead of baseball cards or postage stamps you might have collected Weezer b-sides. The Blue Album and Pinkerton were already canonized as classics, and if you really wanted to seem cool (in your presumably uncool circles), you’d tell your friends that the b-sides were better. “Jamie,” “Mykel and Carli”, “Teenage Victory Song, and – my personal favorite – “I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams” circulated first on homemade cassettes, and then on Napster. Nowadays you can find any of them in seconds on YouTube, but at the time each song took some digging to find and was cherished.
It is without question that Weezer‘s guitar-pop jam “Surf Wax America” is one of the stand-outs on the band’s eponymous Blue Album. The emo revivalists of You Blew It! know this and as a teaser to their upcoming Weezer cover EP, released this true-to-form cover. Band member Tanner Jones described why they chose this song to Stereogum:
1994. A brilliant year for music. In my native UK, we heard the first rumblings of Britpop with the release of Oasis’s ‘Live Forever’, ‘Parklife’ by Blur and Primal Scream’s ‘Rocks’. Stateside, Green Day released their classic ‘Dookie’, Johnny Cash had his his renaissance with his first Rick-Rubin produced album, and Outkast unleashed their debut.
In anticipation of their 10-year anniversary of The Resignation, recently reunited California rockers RX Bandits have recorded a covers EP. The band has been releasing a cover per week leading up to the anniversary. The latest song they shared with fans was an upbeat, true-to-form take on Weezer’s “Surf Wax America.”