Friends of P.

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"Friends of P."
Friends of P. cover
Single by The Rentals
Album Return of the Rentals
Released October 24, 1995
Format CD
Recorded Poop Alley Studios
Length 3:32
Label Maverick Records / Reprise Records
Writer(s) Matt Sharp
Producer Matt Sharp, Tom Grimley
Status Officially released
The Rentals singles chronology
"Friends of P."
(1995)
"Waiting"
(1996)
Return of the Rentals track listing
"Waiting" (1995)
(2)
"Friends of P."
(3)
"Move On"
(4)
Back cover
Back cover
This page is for the song. For the tribute album, see Friends of P - Tribute to the Rentals

"Friends of P." is the third track and first single from the Rentals' 1995 debut, Return of the Rentals.

Appearances

  • Friends of P. - Promo EP (1995)
  • Return of the Rentals - (1995)
  • Friends of P. - US retail card sleeve CD, cassingle, and 7" (1995)
  • Friends of P. - UK/Euro CD (1995)

Overview

"Friends of P." is the Rentals' most successful single, peaking at number 7 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. Multiple versions of "Friends of P." exist. One version, Matt Sharp's 4-track demo, can be found on a promo single, and another demo version appeared on the 2001 fan club-exclusive release Excellent Stocking Stuffer.

When the song was initially released, the band was constantly questioned as to who the "P" was that the song referenced in it's title lyric. Matt Sharp finally admitted in an interview that "P" was a reference to Paulina Porizkova, the wife of Weezer's producer for The Blue Album, Ric Ocasek. The album art for the "Friends of P." single shows both Patrick Wilson and Petra Haden without their heads. Karl Koch explained: "Geffen did not allow its recording artists Patrick Wilson and Petra Haden's faces on the artwork, so Matt had their heads photoshopped away. This rather haunting image also appeared on large promo posters!"

Covers

In 2008, the band Tokyo Police Club covered this song on a digital-only Rentals tribute EP, Friends of P - Tribute to the Rentals (released in Japan as Lost Out in the Machinery: The Songs of The Rentals) and on the final date as the opening artists on Weezer's Troublemaker Tour. The band Ozma covered the song in 2011 accompanied by Matt Sharp (along with the songs "Getting By" and "Waiting")[1] and covered the song again in 2012 during the Weezer Cruise [2].

Music video

"Friends of P"'s music video was responsible for the bulk of the song's exposure. According to Matt Sharp, the video was filmed at Park La Brea Apartments in Los Angeles by Sharp's childhood friend Charles Hamilton[3] on Rod Cervera's black-and-white 16mm camera on a budget of less than $500[4][5]. The video portrays the band as vaguely Eastern-European setting, with the song's lyrics subtitled in Russian. Initially deemed "unsalvageable" due to falling out-of-sync with the music, the footage was later edited together by film student Jason Ruscio. Petra Haden reportedly suffered headaches during filming due to the thick prescription glasses worn during filming. A still from the video shoot was used for the Return of the Rentals album cover. A blog post on the official Rentals website explained the music video's aesthetic direction in December of 2005:

The look and concept of this stark minimalist video simply started as a loopy late night inside joke between Tom and Matt. At a late night recording session, the two friends came up with a silly back story about an all but forgotten new wave band called "The Rentals", a group from the late nineteen seventies that had long been lost behind the walls of the iron curtain. The storyline was thoroughly detailed with a plot line that included members of the group working with the underground movement during the cold war. The plot went on to include guitarist Rod Cervera being caught with a batch of micro film which promptly landed him in a local garrison for his anti-communist behavior. And this, of course, left The Rentals to be put on an indefinite hiatus.

Enter out of work actor named Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and the end of communism on the eastern block.

Sometime later just after fall of the iron curtain, somewhere in the early nineties during a late night after party on her "Blonde Ambition Tour", Madonna re-discovered The Rentals in a run down Czechoslovakian disco and promptly signed them to her brand new label "Maverick Records".

Audio

Demos

Live

Track listing

Friends of p.jpg
  • Origin: United States
  • Catalog no: 9 17720-2
  • Tracklist:
  1. "Friends of P."
  2. "So Soon"
  • Notes:
    • CD
Friends of p.jpg
  • Origin: United States
  • Catalog no: 9362-43632-2
  • Tracklist:
  1. "Friends of P."
  2. "So Soon" (Previously unreleased)
  3. "The Love I'm Searching For" (Alt. version)
  • Notes:
    • CD
    • Published by Powhatan Street Music, BMI
    • Alt. version of "The Love I'm Searching For" is from the For The Ladies sessions.
Friendsofp vinyl.jpg
  • Origin: United States
  • Catalog no: 7-17720
  • Tracklist:
    • A. "Friends of P." (Album version)
    • B. "So Soon" (Previously Unreleased)
  • Notes:
    • 7-inch 45 RPM single
Friendsofp vinyl.jpg
  • Origin: United States
  • Catalog no: 7-17720
  • Tracklist:
  • Notes:
    • 7-inch 45 RPM single
    • Same barcode and catalog number as the other 7" but with a different b-side.
    • Comes in a generic sleeve.
    • Some versions misprinted with a label for John Hiatt's "Shredding The Document" on the A side.
Friendsofp promo.jpg
  • Origin: United States
  • Catalog no: PRO-CD-7848
  • Tracklist:
  1. "Friends of P."
  • Notes:
    • CD
    • Promotion Only - Not For Sale
Friendsofp promo.jpg
  • Origin: United States
  • Catalog no: PRO-CD-7836
  • Tracklist:
  1. "Friends of P." (Album version)
  2. "Naive" (Album version)
  3. "The Love I'm Searching For" (Outtake from "For The Ladies" Sessions, Recorded at Poop Alley)
  4. "Friends of P." (Recorded At Gramercy Park Hotel, Room 1020 On Matt's 4-Track)
  • Notes:
    • CD
    • Promotion Only - Not For Sale
Friendsofpcassette1.jpg
  • Origin: United States
  • Catalog no: WO340C
  • Tracklist:
    • A1. "Friends of P."
    • A2. "So Soon"
    • B1. "Friends of P."
    • B2. "So Soon"
  • Notes:
    • Cassette
Friendsofpwhitecassette.jpg
  • Origin: United States
  • Catalog no: MAV001
  • Tracklist:
    • A1. "Friends of P."
    • A2. "Waiting"
    • B1. "Friends of P."
    • B2. "Waiting"
  • Notes:
    • Cassette
Friendsofpwhitecassette.jpg
  • Origin: United States
  • Catalog no: MAV002
  • Tracklist:
    • A1. "Friends of P."
    • A2. "So Soon"
    • B1. "Friends of P."
    • B2. "So Soon"
  • Notes:
    • Cassette

Personnel

Lyrics

Lyrics and chords from therentals.com ca. 2005

I'm a good guy for a gal
So won't you look my palm over
I've got time for a chat
So won't you tell me my future

I'm gonna break down at fifty
And I'm not quite a stallion
I'm a good guy for a gal
And I'm mentally slipping

Oh yeah, oh yeah
What's that you see?
Oh boy, find out
What's up with me?
Oh yeah, oh yeah
What's that you see?
Tell me, more of
What's gonna be

If you're friends with P.
Well then you're friends with me
If you're down with P.
Well then you're down with me

Friends of P.
Friends

Some modest fame and fortune
Is going to come to me early
I get two loves in my life
And I'm dying at 90

See also