Raditude

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Raditude
Raditude cover
Studio album by Weezer
Released October 28, 2009 (Japan)
October 30, 2009 (Int.)
November 3, 2009 (USA)
Recorded November 2008 - January 2009 & Summer 2009 at The Village, Los Angeles, CA; Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; The Document Room, Malibu, CA. Love is the Answer recorded at Zeitgeist Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Genre Alternative rock
Length 34:34
Label DGC Records
Producer Butch Walker (1, 3, 5, 8)
Dr. Luke (2)
Polow da Don (4)
Jacknife Lee (6, 7, 9, 10)
Professional reviews
Weezer chronology
Weezer
(2008)
Raditude
(2009)
Hurley
(2010)
Singles from Raditude
  1. "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"
    Released: August 25, 2009
  2. "I'm Your Daddy"
    Released: January 20, 2010

Raditude is the seventh studio album by Weezer, released on November 3, 2009. The title of the album was suggested by Rainn Wilson, while the cover photo was the winner of a National Geographic reader-submitted photo contest. Some of the songs on the album are collaborations with other professional songwriters.

According to Karl's Corner - 05/26/2009 the first recording sessions for Raditude began in November 2008, a week after the Troublemaker Tour concluded, and lasted until January 2009. They were produced by Jacknife Lee in Malibu, Santa Monica, and West L.A. Lee had previously handled production duties on the songs "Troublemaker" and "Pork and Beans" on The Red Album. The songs from these sessions were mixed in New York in March 2009 with Rich Costey. However, Rivers had written some more songs that he was keen to record for Album Seven. These songs were recorded in the summer of 2009 with Butch Walker.

Cuomo stated in an interview that he will try again in submitting songs that appear on Alone II for Weezer albums, and that they may appear on Raditude. The songs "Can't Stop Partying", "I Don't Want To Let You Go" and "The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World" eventually ended up being on the album.

Contents

Recording

Rumors again sprang up in early 2009 as pics and videos surfaced of Cuomo in the studio with Jacknife Lee. An Albumsix boardie ran into bassist Scott Shriner outside of a coffee shop. Scott confirmed that a new album was finished, but had yet to be mixed. Cuomo himself also confirmed that a new Weezer album would be this year saying that the band "is working on something big you'll want to get your hands on", but that he could not comment further.

Pat Wilson mixing.
Pat Wilson mixing.
On March 2, 2009 Patrick Wilson posted the message: "i'm mixing a song" on his Twitter page. There was no indication on if he was mixing a song from Weezer's forthcoming album although a picture posted on Karl's Corner on March 27, showing Pat sitting behind a mixing desk, seemed to confirm this assumption. The same post originally contained the information: "Weezer's 7th studio album has been recorded and is currently being mixed. There is no release date set at this time." but was removed minutes later for unknown reasons.
The band in the studio.
The band in the studio.

According to Cuomo, who spoke before a soccer match, the album is different from anything else they have previously done. When questioned further he said he could not talk about it.

When speaking of the album, Karl Koch said that unlike The Red Album, he was heavily involved with the album's creation process.

During a KROQ interview in May, Brian stated the album was set to be released in summer of 2009. Pat also noted that a song called "In the Mall" would be on the album, which was later discovered to be written by him.

During a second KROQ interview at the same time, Scott was quoted that songs for the next album were "still being worked on" and joked around with an official album title as "The Album 7". He also said that they have plans with iTunes (it is unsure if they are related to the album or not). Pat also stated that there is a fully acoustic song on the album with just guitar and vocals.

On May 20, 2009, an Albumsix user claimed that a source revealed to him that the album would most likely be released in August or September of 2009. Said user also claimed the album was written largely through collaboration, as previously speculated. Other rumors include that Pat has taken over Rivers' guitar duties, with Josh Freese replacing Pat on the drums. The boardie also confirmed that "Can't Stop Partying" was on the album and that the label was having difficulty selecting a single. None of this was officially confirmed at the time.

When asked for comments on the new album, Weezer said they would rather talk about their upcoming tour with blink-182.

During two shows in Asia in late July, Weezer played two new songs "The Girl Got Hot", "I'm Your Daddy", and a slightly reworked version of "Can't Stop Partying". During the show in Korea, Rivers announced the new album would be out in October. Following these shows, Karl posted pictures of the band finishing up material and practicing two new songs before the recording session was to be finished. As of early August, recording for the album was finished and final mixing was underway.

On August 12, Karl confirmed that the new to-be titled album was due out October 27 and a day later announced that the first single would be entitled "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To".

On August 16, "If You're Wondering..." was uploaded to Walmart's online store. Within an hour, the song was all over the internet. On August 18, in the early morning (and fifteen minutes after a fan requested the name), Karl Koch revealed the album was named Raditude. Koch confessed, "Personally, I hated it at first, then belatedly understood it wasn't trying to be 'serious' at all."

Cover art

Rivers Cuomo discovered the album cover photo, which had appeared in the pages of a National Geographic, in an email. The magazine sponsors a reader-submitted photo contest in each issue. Nominees are selected by a photo editor and then featured on the website for open voting.

A mid-2009, winning entry in particular caught Cuomo's eye: a shot of a dog named Sidney in mid-flight across a living room. Cuomo thought it would make the perfect cover for Raditude because to him it represented the feeling he gets when he performs live. When the band got in touch with the winning photographer, Jason Neely of Middletown, Conn., to seek his permission, not only did he give his blessing, he also revealed something surprising: according to him, "Sidney is a big Weezer fan."

Collaborations

As for every Weezer album, it is an album of firsts, for Raditude, it is the first album to feature co-writers that are not former or current members of the band itself. The album and subsequent tours/promotional appearances were heavy with outside collaborations and appearances from already established songwriters and artists. There are a series of unused songs from this period and collaborations seem to be continuing despite the album being released, hinting that a potential follow-up album will feature more of these songs.

Studio

  • Butch Walker - Co-wrote "If You're Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To)" and "The Girl Got Hot" with Cuomo.
  • Jermaine Dupri - Co-wrote "Let It All Hang Out" and "Can't Stop Partying".
  • Jacknife Lee - Co-wrote "Let It All Hang Out" with Cuomo/Dupri and rearranged "Love Is The Answer" which warranted a co-writing credit.
  • Dr. Luke - Co-wrote "I'm Your Daddy" and "Get Me Some" with Cuomo.
  • Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler of All American Rejects - Co-wrote "Put Me Back Together" with Cuomo.
  • Josh Freese - Provided drum tracks during "I'm Your Daddy", "The Girl Got Hot", "Let It All Hang Out" and possibly drummed on the previously unreleased demo "Turn Me Round".
  • Lil Wayne - Rapped during the bridge of "Can't Stop Partying".
  • Amrita Sen - Provided Hindi vocals throughout "Love Is The Answer".
  • Kazuhiro Hara - Co-writer of "The Underdogs" with Cuomo.
  • Katy Perry - Currently unreleased collaboration immediately after the release of Raditude.
  • Adam Lambert - Cuomo wrote the song "Pick U Up" which appeared on Adam's debut album with altered lyrics.
  • Sloan - Appear as the backing instrumentalists during Japanese exclusive track "I Woke Up In Love This Morning". The track was recorded during 2003 and the band go uncredited.
  • Dan Wilson - Cuomo collaborated with the former 'Semisonic' frontman early 2009 and wrote "Ruling Me".
  • Hayley Williams - Paramore vocalist performs a duet with the band on a cover of The Muppet's classic "Rainbow Connection".

Live

  • Josh Freese - First appeared at the T-Mobile Sidekick Launch and KROQ's Weenie Roast playing drums with Pat on guitar for the majority of songs. He has played all live commitments around the release of Raditude, with the exception of a handful of televised promotional appearances.
  • Chamillionaire - Has performed with the band on several occasions, including the AOL Sessions 2009 and Late With Carson Daly, adding a new rap to "Can't Stop Partying".
  • Sara Bareilles - Famed for her 2008 hit "Love Song", she has joined the band during several promotional appearances splitting "If You're Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To)" into a duet with Rivers. They also recorded a studio acoustic version of the song and shot an accompanying video.
  • Kenny G - Jammed a saxaphone solo during the AOL Session 2009 version of "I'm Your Daddy". During the sessions, Brian and Kenny also jammed whilst the cameras weren't rolling. Kenny was later reported saying that it may be used for the band's next album.
  • Alex Greenwald - Former Phantom Planet frontman joined the band onstage during Jimmy Kimmel Live and Alexa Chung's MTV show as an additional guitarist.
  • Leighton Meester - Star of TV show Gossip Girl, performed a similar duet to Bareilles during "If You're Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To)" at the band's Halloween 2009 show.
  • Jermaine Dupri - Appeared as a suprise guest during a college show during early 2010 to perform Can't Stop Partying.
  • Hayley Williams - The Paramore singer also appeared during the college show to perform Say It Ain't So.
  • Paul Schaffer and the CBS Orchestra - The house band for the Late Show with David Letterman accompanied the band for their on-air performances of "(If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To" on October 29th, 2009 and "I'm Your Daddy" on October 30th, 2009.

Track listing

Standard edition
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"  Rivers Cuomo/Butch Walker 3:28
2. "I'm Your Daddy"  Cuomo/Dr. Luke 3:08
3. "The Girl Got Hot"  Cuomo/Walker 3:14
4. "Can't Stop Partying" (feat. Lil Wayne)Cuomo/Jermaine Dupri 4:22
5. "Put Me Back Together" (Serban Ghenea Mix)Cuomo/Tyson Ritter & Nick Wheeler (of The All-American Rejects) 3:15
6. "Tripping Down the Freeway"  Cuomo 3:40
7. "Love Is the Answer" (feat. Amrita Sen and Nishat Khan)Cuomo/Jacknife Lee 3:43
8. "Let It All Hang Out"  Cuomo/Dupri/Lee 3:17
9. "In the Mall"  Patrick Wilson 2:39
10. "I Don't Want To Let You Go"  Cuomo 3:48
Total length:
34:34

Bonus Tracks

Deluxe edition disc 2
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
11. "Get Me Some"  Cuomo/Dr. Luke 3:36
12. "Run Over by a Truck"  Cuomo 3:33
13. "The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World"  Cuomo 4:00
14. "The Underdogs"  Cuomo/Kazuhiro Hara 4:40
Total length:
15:49

International bonus tracks

iTunes bonus tracks

Weezer Raditude Club: iTunes pass

  • "Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Live at Virgin Mobile FreeFest '09)"
  • "I Hear Bells"
  • "Put Me Back Together" (Rich Costey Mix)
  • "Cold Dark World" (with Rivers vocals)
  • "Across the Sea" (Live from Japan 2005 Tour)
  • "(If Youre Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" (Steve Aoki Remix)
  • "The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World" (Karlophone Remix)
  • "I'm Your Daddy" (Pat Wilson Remix)
  • "Can't Stop Partying" (Coconut Teaser Mix)
  • "Love Is The Answer" (Laid Back Mix)
  • "I'm Your Daddy" (Serban Ghenea Mix)

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