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Featured article: Maladroit

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Maladroit is the fourth studio album by Weezer, released on May 14, 2002. The album is known for its "heavy metal" sound, and for the Weezer fanbase's involvement with the recording process.

Immediately following the release of The Green Album, Weezer fired their management, Atlas/Third Rail Management, and longtime manager Pat Magnarella (Magnarella later sued [1], leading to a protracted legal battle). According to Karl Koch, the firing was a "statement of intent" and Rivers Cuomo felt that the band didn't need management, and could simply fund their next album with their own money and pay themselves back when the album sold. Within mere weeks of the release of Green, the band began recording wholly new songs.

Throughout the process of writing and recording Maladroit, Cuomo began encouraging webmaster Karl Koch to upload in-progress demos to weezer.com, in order to get feedback and to let the fans decide what direction the album would take. Koch also uploaded soundboard recordings from the Midget Tour. By the time Maladroit was completed, the band had uploaded over 150 in-progress MP3s in various states of completion from the Cello sessions alone, in addition to numerous demos from the preceding studio sessions, all without Geffen's awareness or permission.

The title "Maladroit" was suggested by a fan by the username of "lethe". Cuomo also admitted in an interview with Guitar World, "I never would have thought to put the song "Slob" on the record if the fans did not request it." Recording of Maladroit concluded in February, with additional bonus track recording sessions in April. By February of 2002, the band had already begun recording demos for their next album, well in advance of Maladroit's May release.

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"A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier" (also known as "I'll Love You Every Day") is a song by Weezer.

Rivers Cuomo is first known to have demoed the song, under the title "I'll Love You Every Day", to his phone's recording app on March 27, 2015. This recording, featuring Cuomo singing over acoustic guitar, was released on November 23, 2020, as part of the compilation Alone XII: The White Year. Full demos were later released on December 13, 2020.

The song was first heard by fans when it was performed live by Weezer, as an instrumental, on October 18, 2017 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium, wherein it appeared on the setlist under the title "I'll Love You Every Day". The song was listed at subsequent concerts under the title "A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier", and was performed for the remainder of the Feels Like Summer Tour in Europe in October of 2017. The song was performed one additional time the following December in Portland, Oregon. It followed the song "Happy Hour" at all concerts in which it was played.

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Featured list: The Catalog O' Riffs

The Catalog O' Riffs, sometimes abbreviated as COR, documents riffs and songs that Rivers Cuomo has written since it's inception on January 1, 1999. In 2002, the COR was merged with "The Grand Schedule" and has been called "The Grand File" ever since. The COR was hosted on Cuomo's personal website, riverscuomo.com, until he took it down in 2002.

The first entry was a song called "I Want You". The last one that was made public on Cuomo's website was #398 "The Ruler's Back" on October 1, 2002. The Recording History on weezer.com was still including the catalog numbers with the songs up until to the recording of Make Believe, making #669, "Beverly Hills", the last known entry until 2020 (currently, #672, "Sappy Sweet", which later became the piano intro to "All My Friends Are Insects", is the last known entry). Additional entries have since been made known via The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo in 2008 and 2010, as well as filenames listed on the demo storefront on riverscuomo.com in 2020.

COR# RC# Other code Name
1 304 I Want You Icon cor.pnghttps://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/Riverscuomo.com_demos
2 305 Doorbell Icon cor.pnghttps://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/Riverscuomo.com_demos
3 306 How Many Places Icon cor.png
4 307 Sunshine Icon cor.pnghttps://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/Riverscuomo.com_demos
5 308 Bonfire Icon cor.pnghttps://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/Riverscuomo.com_demos
6 309 Go Leia Icon cor.pnghttps://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/Riverscuomo.com_demos

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