Keep Fishin'

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"Keep Fishin'"
Keep Fishin' cover
Single by Weezer
Album Maladroit
Released May 14, 2002
Recorded N/A
Length 2:52
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 593
COR# 275
Producer(s) Weezer, Rod Cervera, Chad Bamford
Status Released
Live debut June 8, 2001 in Toronto, Canada[1]
Weezer singles chronology
"Dope Nose"
"Keep Fishin'"
"Beverly Hills"
Maladroit track listing
"Dope Nose"
"Keep Fishin'"
"Take Control"
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"White Disease"
(RC# 592)
"Keep Fishin'"
(RC# 593)
"I Do"
(RC# 594)
Alternate Cover
UK CD Single #2
UK CD Single #2

"Keep Fishin'" is the second single and third track from Maladroit.



The Harvard Crimson:Keep Fishing”—is that about a girl?

Rivers: I don't know! It's just—I don't know what I was saying. Maybe it was?

Harvard Crimson interview with Rivers Cuomo - April 26, 2006

"Keep Fishin'" was originally demoed as a band on May 27, 2001 during sessions at Monster Island Studios in Washington, D.C.. It was later demoed for the BBC Radio 1 program The Evening Session on June 13. The song was performed live at several shows throughout the summer of 2001.

After being properly recorded for Maladroit, Rivers Cuomo felt the recording was lacking in some way. When the band decided to release the song as the album's second single, he took it as a perfect opportunity to re-record the track entirely, embellishing it significantly. This new version, completed in the spring of 2002, is the so-called "Radio Version" featured on various single releases, as well as the music video.

The Franklin Mint version of the song is an all-keyboards instrumental take created by Pat Wilson. A clip of this version was released by Karl Koch at the official site, but the US CD single remains the only place to (legally) acquire the full recording.

The US CD single is, to date, only the second retail Weezer CD single officially released in the United States - the first being the "Hash Pipe" two-track. It was released in selected areas as a marketing experiment by the record company.

The song "Mo' Beats", demoed by Weezer in the summer of 2002, explicitly references "Keep Fishin'" in its lyrics ("I got mo' beats than y'all / "Keep Fishin'" still seems small")

Julia Nunes, a Youtube star, performed a ukulele cover version of this song.


Radio Only Promo CD

  1. "Keep Fishin'" (Radio Version)
  2. "Keep Fishin'" (Album Version)

US Retail CD

  1. "Keep Fishin'" (Radio Version)
  2. "Keep Fishin'" (Franklin Mint Version)

UK Retail CD #1

  1. "Keep Fishin'" (Radio Version)
  2. "Photograph" (Live)
  3. "Death and Destruction" (Live)

UK Retail CD #2

  1. "Keep Fishin'" (Radio Version)
  2. "Slob" (Live)"
  3. "Knock-Down Drag-Out" (Live)
  4. "Dope Nose" (CD-Rom Video)

UK Retail 7" (Green Vinyl)

  1. "Keep Fishin'" {Radio Version)
  2. "Photograph" (Live)

"Photograph" was recorded on May 27, 2002 in Tokyo, Japan.
"Death and Destruction", "Knock-down Drag-out" and "Slob" were recorded on May 20, 2002 in Hiroshima, Japan.


Music Video

Muppet mayhem, and a bold foray into actually saying lines for Weezer. Fortunately, the Muppets are veteran actors and helped the guys ease into their parts.
-Karl Koch on the "Keep Fishin'" music video, from the liner notes for Video Capture Device

The music video for the song originally aired on July 8, 2002 and features the band as guests on The Muppet Show. It was directed by Marcos Siega, who previously directed videos for "Hash Pipe", "Island in the Sun", and "Dope Nose" (and would later direct the video for "Beverly Hills"). The production was the feature of an episode of MTV's Making The Video series. As a result of the video, many promotional and retail items featuring both Weezer and the Muppets were created, such as the CD single cover(s) and T-shirts.


Washington, D.C. demo

Maladroit demos

Album version

Single Mix

Franklin Mint mixes

Live (shared on


You'll never be
A better kind
If you don't leave
The world behind

Waste my days
Drown aways

It's just the thought of you
In love with someone else
It breaks my heart to see
You hangin' from your shelf

You'll never do
The things you want
If you don't move
And get a job

Oh girl when I'm in love with you
Keep fishin' if you feel it's true
There's nothing much that we can do
To save you from yourself

You'll never be
A better kind

See Also

External Links

Teenage Victory Songs entry for "Keep Fishin'"