Pork and Beans

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"Pork and Beans"
Pork and Beans cover
Single by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Red Album)
Released April 24, 2008 (digital)
June 3, 2008 (physical)
Recorded February 2008
Length 3:09
Label Geffen
Writer Rivers Cuomo
RC# N/A
COR# N/A
Producer Jacknife Lee
Status Officially released
Professional reviews
Weezer singles chronology
"This Is Such a Pity"
(2006)
"Pork and Beans"
(2008)
"Troublemaker"
(2008)
Weezer (The Red Album) track listing
"The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)"
(2)
"Pork and Beans"
(3)
"Heart Songs"
(4)
Alternate Cover
Alternate Cover
Alternate Cover

"Pork and Beans" is the lead single and third track off of The Red Album.

Contents

Appearances

Overview

Inspiration

"Pork and Beans" was not originally a part of The Red Album. The song was written by Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo after a meeting with Geffen Records that left him fuming. In the meeting, label suits told Cuomo that the album was too slow and needed more upbeat, commercial material, which upset the band. Cuomo then wrote what Brian Bell would later call "a kickass song" based on a riff he'd written almost ten years earlier, taken from an old demo that he'd recently found in his personal library. He then reworked it into a new song adding a fresh chorus and bridge. The lyrics of the song explain his point of view of the meeting with the label. Supposedly, he'd paraphrased actual quotes of the label representatives. Ironically, "Pork and Beans" would go on to become one of Weezer's biggest hits ever. Pork and Beans is the first Weezer single ever to lack a guitar solo.

Announcement

Originally, Rivers posted on his official MySpace page that the lead single would be twelve letters and one word that started with T and ended with R. In a revised update, Rivers said that he was wrong about the initial lead single and that the new single would be about a four-legged pink farm animal. He then added, "You ain't never gonna figure it out boi!" Many Weezer fans took this as a tongue in cheek comment that the lead single was obviously "Pig", which had leaked a little under a year ago in 2007.

On Albumsix, band webmaster Karl Koch shot this down saying he "for one would be very surprised if Pig was the first single", but commented that he did not know of the band's intentions. On April 1, Rolling Stone released information that Weezer's new album was a self titled red album with the lead-off single to be "Pork and Beans". Many fans took this as an April fool's joke. Shortly after, a few Albumsix boardies posted a prank online of fake lyrics for the song. On April 12, a clip of "Pork and Beans" was posted on Amazon.com, with a release date scheduled as April 24, 2008.

Release

The full song was premiered by KROQ on April 15, 2008 -- three days after the initial Amazon clip. That night, Karl signed into the Albumsix chat room to discuss "Pork and Beans" with fans. The single was later released as a two-track CD, and on vinyl, in three versions, each with a different B-side. All of the single's various B-sides were cover songs.

Reception

Initial fan reactions to "Pork and Beans" were mostly positive. Fans were quick to note the guitar tone being crunchy and reminiscent of The Blue Album (something Pat had hinted about on his Twitter page). Fans were also quick to unhappily note that the song lacks a solo. The lyrics of the second verse were initially criticized as well. Generally, however, Pork and Beans is viewed highly by more devout Weezer fans. It has received critical and commercial fame in the mainstream market, and is one of Weezer's most successful singles.

Track listings

Physical

UK Retail CD / US Indie Retail 7" (red vinyl)

  1. "Pork and Beans"
  2. "Are 'Friends' Electric?" (Tubeway Army cover)

UK Retail 7" #1

  1. "Pork and Beans"
  2. "Love My Way" (Psychedelic Furs cover)

UK Retail 7” #2

  1. "Pork and Beans"
  2. "Oddfellows Local 151" (R.E.M. cover)


Digital

UK iTunes E.P. / UK amazon E.P.

  1. "Pork and Beans"
  2. "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
  3. "Oddfellows Local 151"
  4. "Love My Way"

UK iTunes E.P.

  1. "Pork and Beans"
  2. "Pork and Beans" (Naked Version)
  3. "Pork and Beans" (Video)

German iTunes E.P. / Austrian iTunes E.P.

  1. "Pork and Beans"
  2. "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
  3. "Oddfellows Local 151"
  4. "Pork and Beans" (Naked Version)

Music video

The wildly popular music video for "Pork and Beans", released on YouTube on May 23, 2008, was directed by Mathew Cullen. The video contains many internet celebrities and memes - mainly from YouTube - including Numa Numa, The Evolution of Dance, and Afro Ninja. It was an immediate hit at the site, and as of November 2009, it has had over twenty million views. On February 8, 2009, the video won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. In August of 2009, the video was named the 3rd best music video of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media.

Personnel

Lyrics

They say I need some Rogaine to put in my hair
Work it out at the gym to fit my underwear
Oakley makes the shades to transform a tool
You'd hate for the kids to think that you lost your cool

I'm 'a do the things that I want to do
I ain't got a thing to prove to you
I'll eat my candy with the pork and beans
Excuse my manners if I make a scene
I ain't gonna wear the clothes that you like
I'm fine and dandy with the me inside
One look in the mirror and I'm tickled pink
I don't give a hoot about what you think

Everyone likes to dance to a happy song
With a catchy chorus and beat so they can sing along
Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the chart
Maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art

I'm 'a do the things that I want to do
I ain't got a thing to prove to you
I'll eat my candy with the pork and beans
Excuse my manners if I make a scene
I ain't gonna wear the clothes that you like
I'm fine and dandy with the me inside
One look in the mirror and I'm tickled pink
I don't give a hoot about what you think

No I don't care,
I don't care,
I don't care, I don't care, I don't care, I don't care

I'm 'a do the things that I want to do
I ain't got a thing to prove to you
I'll eat my candy with the pork and beans
Excuse my manners if I make a scene
I ain't gonna wear the clothes that you like
I'm fine and dandy with the me inside
One look in the mirror and I'm tickled pink
I don't give a hoot about what you think

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