Mykel and Carli (Weezer song)

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"Mykel and Carli"
Mykel and Carli cover
B-side by Weezer
Album Undone (UK Retail CD/UK Retail Cassette/UK 7" Single (Blue Vinyl))
Released June 24, 1994
Recorded N/A
Length 2:53
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Cuomo
RC# 144
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released, demo circulating
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Say It Ain't So"
(RC# 143)
"Please Pick Up the Phone"
(RC# 144)
"Ooh"
(RC# 145)
Undone (UK Retail CD/UK Retail Cassette/UK 7" Single (Blue Vinyl)) track listing
"Undone"
(1)
"Mykel And Carli"
(2)
"Susanne"
(3)
Undone (Australian Retail CD) track listing
"Undone"
(1)
"Mykel And Carli"
(2)
"Susanne"
(3)
Weezer (Deluxe Edition) (Disc 2) track listing
"Mykel And Carli"
(1)
"Susanne"
(2)
Alternate cover
Cover of 2004 double-CD deluxe edition
Cover of 2004 double-CD deluxe edition
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This article is about the Weezer song. For more uses of "Mykel and Carli," see Mykel and Carli (disambiguation).

"Mykel and Carli" (originally known as "Please Pick Up the Phone" and "To Mykel and Carli (From a High School Friend)", is the first track from the deluxe edition of Weezer's self-titled debut album and is a b-side to "Undone - The Sweater Song".

Appearances

Overview

"Mykel and Carli" is a reworking of an earlier Rivers Cuomo demo titled "Please Pick Up the Phone," written in February of 1993. Cuomo originally lifted the chords from the song "Everybody Plays the Fool."[1].

The Allan sisters revealed the story of the song's lyrics to fans at an official fan club gathering in the summer of 1996 at the Pasadena, California home of two fans. [citation needed] Reportedly, the sisters received a brief call from Cuomo asking them what high school they went to. The sisters replied that they went to several different ones. He asked them to pick one, so they decided to mention Wilson High (located in Hacienda Heights, California). "Great", Cuomo said, before abruptly hanging up the phone. "Okay, that was weird", they thought, but let it go. Minutes later, he called back, asking them to name a street they once lived on. "Eagle Court" was the reply. Another "thanks", and dial tone. On it went for some time, with the sisters increasingly curious. Days later, Mykel and Carli were invited to a Weezer concert in Hollywood, which the band stressed that the sisters needed to attend. During the set, the band debuted the song "Mykel and Carli" in honor of the band's biggest fans. There was reportedly not a dry eye among the sisters.[citation needed]

When the band began recording for The Blue Album at Electric Lady Studios, "Mykel and Carli" was recorded, but ultimately abandoned due to time constraints.[2] A recording from these sessions was released as a bonus track on the iTunes and vinyl releases of the compilation album Death to False Metal in 2010. The band later recorded the song in the summer of 1994 (along with "Susanne" and "My Evaline") in a session with engineer Paul du Gré for the single release of "Undone - The Sweater Song".

Mykel, Carli, and sister Trysta Allan passed away in a car accident in July of 1997. At a tribute and benefit concert on August 15, 1997, Rivers Cuomo performed a solo rendition of the song "Mykel and Carli." Weezer would not perform the song live again until the Weezer Cruise on January 20, 2012.

Weezer's tribute was neither the first nor last tribute to the sisters. The Los Angeles-based band Black Market Flowers, who also performed at the August 15 tribute concert, also wrote a song titled "Mykel and Carli" prior to Weezer's song. In 1997, the compilation album Hear You Me! A Tribute to Mykel and Carli was released by Vast Records. The Allan sisters also inspired the song "Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World, released on the band's album Bleed American in 2001.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Please Pick Up the Phone 13 Please Pick Up The Phone.MP3 February 1993[3] 3:23 Alone IV: The Blue-Pinkerton Years 8-track recording
Rivers Cuomo To Mykel and Carli (From a High School Friend) 02 Mykel + Carli.MP3 June 1993[3] 3:17 Alone IV: The Blue-Pinkerton Years 8-track recording
Weezer Mykel and Carli August 6, 1993[3] Cole Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA Portable DAT recording, rehearsal
Weezer Mykel and Carli August 11, 1993[3] S.I.R., New York City, NY Practice demo with Ric Ocasek with Haig and Chris Shaw.
Weezer Mykel and Carli August—October 1993 Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY 3:13 Death to False Metal (iTunes, vinyl)
Weezer Mykel and Carli July 1994 ?, Los Angeles, CA 2:53 Undone - The Sweater Song
Hear You Me! A Tribute to Mykel and Carli
Dusty Gems & Raw Nuggets
Recorded with Paul du Gré
Rivers Cuomo Mykel and Carli August 15, 1997 The Palace, Los Angeles, CA Video Capture Device Live recording. Originally aired on MTV.
Weezer Mykel and Carli 09 Mykel and Carli.mp3 January 20, 2012 The Weezer Cruise 2:48 Live on the Weezer Cruise - Palladium Lounge (The Blue Album) Live performance

Live performances

Tribute show performance

First encore song of the memorial concert for Mykel and Carli Allen, the band's fan club presidents, and their sister Trysta, all of whom were killed in a tragic auto accident while en route to a Weezer show in Salt Lake City. The saddest yet perhaps most uplifting stage moment in the band's career. The girls' father, Wayne, delivers a touching speech to introduce the performance.
-Karl Koch on a live performance of "Mykel and Carli," from the liner notes for Video Capture Device

Personnel

Audio

B-side version

Early versions

Lyrics

Back in Wilson High
I had two best friends
They lived down the block
Where Eagle Ct. bends
One she cared for my bones
Fed me ice-cream cones
One she cared for my happiness
And wouldn't leave me alone

Back in Wilson High
Said I had these two best friends
'Til the school bus came
And took my friends away
Now I'm left alone at home
To sit and think all day

Hear you me, Mykel
Hear you me, Carli

They gave me a hat
The hat was awful rad
Wore it everyday
Made my teacher mad
She tore it off my head
Now my head's well-read
My head gets cold at night sometimes
But I can't be misled

Hear you me, Mykel
Hear you me, Carli

She tore it off my head
Now my head's well-read
My head gets cold at night sometimes
But I can't be misled

Back in Wilson High
I had two best friends
They lived down the block
Where Eagle Ct. bends
'Til the school bus came
And took my friends away
Now I'm left alone at home
To sit and think all day

Hear you me, Mykel
Hear you me, Carli

Oh-oh-no, Mykel
Oh-oh-no, Carli

See Also

References