Album 5 Demos

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The Album 5 Demos are a collection of songs recorded between 2002's Maladroit and 2005's Make Believe.

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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 inviting other members to contribute and sing songs, an increased use of keyboards and organs, and reflecting a songwriting style by Rivers 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.

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

Song COR # Author Recorded Studio Mp3 released? Notes


"Private Message" 360 Rivers Cuomo February 3, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Unknown studio
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
no
yes
yes
yes
Probably a Rivers-only demo
-
-
-
"Wool Cap" 364 Rivers Cuomo February 3, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Unknown studio
Sunset Sound
no
no
Probably a Rivers-only demo
-
"Sugar Cookie" 365 Rivers Cuomo February 3, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Unknown studio
Sunset Sound
no
no
Probably a Rivers-only demo
-
"Prodigy Lover" 368 Rivers Cuomo February 3, 2002
March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Unknown studio
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
no
yes
yes
Probably a Rivers-only demo
-
-
-
"Mad Kow" 192 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
yes
no
yes
yes
revamped SS2K song
"367" 367 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
no
yes
yes
yes
-
-
-
-
"Modern Dukes" 190 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
yes
no
yes
revamped SS2K song
"Misstep" 347 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
yes
yes
-
-
-
"The Victor" 348 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
no
yes
yes
yes
-
-
-
-
"Sacrifice" 353 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
no
yes
-
-
-
"Superstar" 197 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
no
no
yes
yes
revamped SS2K song
"Yellow Camaro" - Brian Bell March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
yes
yes
no
later recorded by Space Twins and released on The End of Imagining
"Untenable" 359 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
no
no
yes
yes
-
-
-
-
"She Who Is Militant" 369 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8, 2002
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Westlake Studios
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
yes
no
yes
yes
-
-
-
different lyrics
"Garbage Can" 363 Rivers Cuomo March 3-8, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Westlake Studios
Sunset Sound
no
no
-
-
"Queen of Earth" 362 Rivers Cuomo April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
no
yes
yes
-
-
-
"Booby Trap" 373 Rivers Cuomo April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
yes
-
-
"Mo' Beats" 372 Rivers Cuomo April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
yes
-
-
"The Story Is Wrong" - Patrick Wilson April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
yes
-
-
"Buttafuoco" 374 Rivers Cuomo April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
no
-
-
"Steamroller" 376 Rivers Cuomo April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
no
-
-
"Nice To Meet You" - Brian Bell April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
no
-
-
"Happy Together" - Garry Bonner
Alan Gordon
April 3-22, 2002
June 20-July 2, 2002
Cello Studios
Sunset Sound
no
no
The Turtles cover
"Hey Domingo!" 371 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
yes
yes
2 versions, labeled 2002-06-29 and 2002-07-02
-
"Mansion Of Cardboard" 295 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
yes
yes
2 versions, labeled 2002-06-29 and 2002-07-02
reworked version of "So Low", revamped Maladroit Demo
"Fontana" 379 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
yes
yes
-
-
"Running Man" 378 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
yes
yes
-
-
"Little Songs" 289 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002 Sunset Sound yes reworked version of "We Go Together", revamped Maladroit Demo
"The Organ Player" 381 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
yes
yes
-
-
"Lullaby" 380 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002
July 16, 2002
Sunset Sound
The Lodge Recording Studios
yes
yes
-
-
"Reason To Worry" - Patrick Wilson June 20-July 2, 2002 Sunset Sound yes -
"Acapulco" 284 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002 Sunset Sound yes reworked version of "Puerto Vallarta", revamped Maladroit Demo
"Birthday Booty" - Brian Bell June 20-July 2, 2002 Sunset Sound no -
"Louder than Lies" - Brian Bell June 20-July 2, 2002 Sunset Sound no later recorded by Space Twins and released on The End of Imagining
"Listen Up" 273 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002 Sunset Sound no revamped Maladroit Demo
"Mr. Taxman" 262 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002 Sunset Sound no revamped Maladroit Demo
"Saturday Night" 280 Rivers Cuomo June 20-July 2, 2002 Sunset Sound no revamped Maladroit Demo

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