Album 5 demos

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The Album 5 demos are songs recorded in 2002 for Weezer's planned fifth album. All of the demos from this period were ultimately scrapped (though elements from certain songs were reworked for future songs). Weezer's actual fifth album, Make Believe, would not see release until 2005. The demos are often regarded as distinct from other Make Believe demos, instead being considered an offshoot of the Maladroit era.

Overview

The first batch of demos, with some being recorded before Maladroit's release, reflect the band's earliest attempts at a fifth album. These sessions broke a lot of new ground, including Rivers Cuomo inviting other members to contribute and sing songs, an increased use of keyboards and organs, and reflecting a songwriting style by Cuomo which focuses more on storytelling and less on his own feelings. Also, a few SS2K songs were recalled for the sessions. In an AIM chat with Rivers Cuomo on January 8, 2002, Cuomo described the sound of Weezer's fifth album as "a combination of The Green Album and Pinkerton, if that's possible! And some Maladroit. But really it's a new different style."

The first known recording session is assumed to have taken place on February 3, 2002 during the mixing/mastering stage of Maladroit. However, this session is not listed in the official Recording History on weezer.com, but was mentioned on Karl's Corner on March 7, 2002, though roughly being dated "early February". With Weezer being on the road on the Hyper Extended Midget Tour for almost the entirety of February, the only date where "studio action" was reported was February 3. A video clip entitled "The Quiet Storm" showing Rivers alone in the studio playing the piano and the drums from this session was eventually released as bonus content on Maladroit.

The first official full-band recording sessions for Album 5 were held at Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, CA from March 3 thru March 8, 2002. Twelve songs were being worked on, including three songs ("Mad Kow", "Modern Dukes" and "Superstar") from what is known as the Summer Songs of 2000. Four songs from these sessions were eventually released as Mp3s on weezer.com: "Yellow Camaro", "Mad Kow", "Modern Dukes" and "She Who Is Militant". All Mp3s were labeled "2002-03-08".

After a brief tour of Europe, Weezer contiued their work at Cello Studios in Los Angeles, CA where they had also recorded Maladroit. The sessions lasted from April 3 thru April 22, 2002, being the longest lasting one before these demos were ultimately scrapped. Six songs were released as Mp3s on weezer.com: "Private Message" and "Yellow Camaro" (same recording as the 3/8 version but remixed and with new vocals and lyrics), both labeled "2002-04-21", and "Prodigy Lover", "367", "The Victor" and "Misstep", all labeled "2002-04-22".

After the Enlightenment tour, demos for the fifth album resumed at S.I.R. Studios, and carried through 2003. By mid-2003, Weezer began to play exclusively acoustic material before returning to electric, full-band material in 2004.

Elements in later Weezer songs

Studios

  • February 3: Unknown studio
  • March 3-8: Westlake Studios (West Hollywood, CA)
  • April 3-22: Cello Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
  • June 20-July 2: Sunset Sound (Los Angeles, CA)
  • July 16: The Lodge Recording Studios (Indianapolis, IN)

Song list

February 3, 2002 - Unknown studio

Title Circulating? Filename Length Date Notes
Private Message no February 3, 2002[1][2] Possibly a solo Rivers Cuomo demo
Prodigy Lover no February 3, 2002[1][2] Possibly a solo Rivers Cuomo demo
Sugar Cookie no February 3, 2002[1][2] Possibly a solo Rivers Cuomo demo
Wool Cap no February 3, 2002[1][2] Possibly a solo Rivers Cuomo demo

March 38, 2002 - Westlake Recording Studios, West Hollywood, CA

Title Circulating? Filename Length Date Notes
367 no March 3, 2002[2]
367 no March 48, 2002[2] New take
Garbage Can no March 78, 2002[2]
Mad Kow yes 2002-03-08-weezer_mad_kow_192.mp3 4:18 March 38, 2002[2]
Misstep no March 58, 2002[2]
Modern Dukes yes 2002-03-08-weezer_modern_dukes_190.mp3 2:15 March 48, 2002[2]
Prodigy Lover no March 48, 2002[2]
Sacrifice no March 68, 2002[2]
Serendipity not recorded? March 6, 2002[3] "very long jam." Possibly not recorded.
She Who Is Militant no March 78, 2002[2]
Superstar no March 68, 2002[2]
Untenable no March 78, 2002[2]
The Victor no March 58, 2002[2]
Yellow Camaro yes 2002-03-08-weezer_yellow_camaro.mp3 2:06 March 78, 2002[2]

Gallery

April 322, 2002 - Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Title Circulating? Filename Length Date Notes
367 yes weezer-2002-04-22_367.mp3 3:59 April 12[4]22, 2002 Ver. 3
Booby Trap no April 6[5]April 7[6], 2002 Ver. 1
Booby Trap no April 11[7], 2002 Ver. 2
Booby Trap no April 13[8]April 22, 2002 Ver. 3
Buttafuoco no April 5[9], 2002
Buttafuoco no April 9[7]April 22, 2002 Ver. 2
Happy Together no April 11[7], 2002 The Turtles cover
Mad Kow no April 5[9]22, 2002
Misstep no April 6[5]
Misstep yes 2002-04-22-weezer_misstep_347.mp3 2:57 April 12[4]22, 2002 Ver. 3
Mo' Beats no April 6[5]April 7[6], 2002
Mo' Beats no April 13[8]April 22, 2002 Ver. 3
Modern Dukes no April 11[7]22, 2002
Nice to Meet You no April 8[10], 2002 Written and sung by Brian Bell
Nice to Meet You no April 11[7]April 22, 2002
Private Message no April 5, 2002[9] Ver. 1
Private Message no April 11, 2002[7] Ver. 3
Private Message yes WEEZER-2002-04-21_Private_Message_360.mp3 2:48 April 18[11]22, 2002
Prodigy Lover no April 13, 2002[8] Ver. 3
Prodigy Lover yes WEEZER-2002-04-22_Prodigy_Lover_368.mp3 3:14 April 18[11]22, 2002
Queen of Earth no April 7[6]8, 2002[10]
Queen of Earth no April 18[11]22, 2002 Ver. 2
Sacrifice no April 18, 2002[11] Ver. 3
She Who Is Militant yes 2002-04-22-weezer_she_who_is_militant_369.mp3 2:49 April 322, 2002
Steamroller no April 7[6]April 22, 2002
The Story Is Wrong no April 11[7]22, 2002 Written and sung by Patrick Wilson
Superstar no April 12[4]22, 2002 Ver. 2
Untenable no April 322, 2002
The Victor yes weezer-2002-04-22_the_victor_348.mp3 3:57 April 20[12]22, 2002 Ver. 3
Yellow Camaro yes WEEZER-2002-04-21_Yellow_Camaro.mp3 1:59 April 7[6]22, 2002

Gallery

June 20July 2, 2002 - Sunset Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA

Title Circulating? Filename Length Date Notes
367 yes weezer-2002-07-02_367.mp3 3:52 June 21July 2, 2002
Acapulco yes weezer-2002-07-02_acapulco_284.mp3 2:53 June 21July 2, 2002
Birthday Booty no June 21July 2, 2002 Written and sung by Brian Bell
Booby Trap yes weezer-2002-07-02_booby_trap_373.mp3 2:51 June 21July 2, 2002
Buttafuoco no June 21July 2, 2002
Fontana yes weezer-2002-07-02_fontana_379.mp3 3:56 June 21July 2, 2002
Garbage Can no June 21July 2, 2002
Happy Together no June 21July 2, 2002 The Turtles cover
Hey Domingo! yes weezer-2002-06-29_hey_domingo_371.mp3 3:36 June 21June 29, 2002
Hey Domingo! yes weezer-2002-07-02_hey_domingo_371.mp3 3:33 June 29July 2, 2002
Listen Up no June 21July 2, 2002
Little Songs yes weezer-2002-07-02_little_songs_289.mp3 2:27 June 21July 2, 2002
Louder than Lies no June 21July 2, 2002 Written and sung by Brian Bell
Lullaby yes weezer-2002-07-02_lullaby_380.mp3 3:18 June 21July 2, 2002
Mad Kow yes weezer-2002-07-02_mad_kow_192.mp3 4:16 June 21July 2, 2002
Mansion of Cardboard yes weezer-2002-06-29_mansion_of_cardboard_295.mp3 3:37 June 21June 29, 2002
Mansion of Cardboard yes weezer-2002-07-02_mansion_of_cardboard_295.mp3 3:31 June 29July 2, 2002
Misstep yes weezer-2002-07-02_misstep_347.mp3 2:52 June 21July 2, 2002
Mo' Beats yes weezer-2002-07-02_mo_beats_372.mp3 3:17 June 21July 2, 2002
Modern Dukes yes weezer-2002-07-02_modern_dukes_190.mp3 2:22 June 21July 2, 2002
Mr. Taxman no June 21July 2, 2002
Nice to Meet You no June 21July 2, 2002 Written and sung by Brian Bell
The Organ Player yes weezer-2002-07-02_the_organ_player_381.mp3 3:24 June 21July 2, 2002
Private Message yes weezer-2002-07-02_private_message_360.mp3 2:44 June 21[13]July 2, 2002
Prodigy Lover yes weezer-2002-07-02_prodigy_lover_368.mp3 2:56 June 21July 2, 2002
Queen of Earth yes weezer-2002-06-25_queen_of_earth_362.mp3 3:55 June 21June 25, 2002
Queen of Earth no weezer-2002-07-02_queen_of_earth_362.mp3 3:55 June 21June 25, 2002 Duplicate of weezer-2002-06-25_queen_of_earth_362.mp3
Reason to Worry yes weezer-2002-07-02_reason_to_worry.mp3 3:52 June 21July 2, 2002
Running Man yes weezer-2002-07-02_running_man_378.mp3 3:19 June 21July 2, 2002
Sacrifice yes weezer-2002-07-02_sacrifice_353.mp3 3:15 June 21July 2, 2002
Saturday Night no June 21July 2, 2002
She Who Is Militant yes weezer-2002-07-02_she_who_is_militant_369.mp3 2:57 June 21July 2, 2002
Steamroller no June 21July 2, 2002
The Story Is Wrong yes weezer-2002-07-02_the_story_is_wrong.mp3 4:10 June 21July 2, 2002 Written and sung by Patrick Wilson
Sugar Cookie no June 21July 2, 2002
Superstar yes weezer-2002-07-02_superstar_197.mp3 3:10 June 21July 2, 2002
Untenable yes weezer-2002-07-02_untenable_359.mp3 1:44 June 21July 2, 2002
The Victor yes weezer-2002-07-02_the_victor_348.mp3 2:30 June 21July 2, 2002
Wool Cap no June 21July 2, 2002
Yellow Camaro unknown June 21July 2, 2002 Unknown if same version as Death to False Metal bonus track

Gallery

July 16, 2002 - The Lodge Recording Studios, Indianapolis, IN

Title Circulating? Filename Length Date Notes
367 yes weezer-2002-07-16_367.mp3 3:46 July 16, 2002
Fontana yes weezer-2002-07-16_fontana_379.mp3 3:45 July 16, 2002
Hey Domingo! yes weezer-2002-07-16_hey_domingo_371.mp3 3:19 July 16, 2002
Lullaby yes weezer-2002-07-16_lullabye_380.mp3 3:15 July 16, 2002
Mad Kow yes weezer-2002-07-16_mad_kow_192.mp3 4:10 July 16, 2002
Mansion of Cardboard yes weezer-2002-07-16_mansion_of_cardboard_295.mp3 3:30 July 16, 2002
The Organ Player yes weezer-2002-07-16_the_organ_player_381.mp3 3:19 July 16, 2002
Private Message yes weezer-2002-07-16_private_message_360.mp3 2:24 July 16, 2002
Queen of Earth yes weezer-2002-07-16_queen_of_earth_362.mp3 3:44 July 16, 2002
Running Man yes weezer-2002-07-16_running_man_378.mp3 3:21 July 16, 2002
She Who Is Militant yes weezer-2002-07-16_she_who_is_militant_369.mp3 3:00 July 16, 2002
Superstar yes weezer-2002-07-16_superstar_197.mp3 3:06 July 16, 2002
Untenable yes weezer-2002-07-16_untenable_359.mp3 1:39 July 16, 2002
The Victor yes weezer-2002-07-16_the_victor_348.mp3 2:17 July 16, 2002

Gallery

See also