Weezerpedia:Today's featured song/July 9, 2009
"Mykel And Carli" was originally written as "Please Pick Up the Phone" in February of 1993. However, as Mykel and Carli Allan began to play a larger role in the band members' lives, Rivers decided it would be fit to write a song for them.
The sisters Allan revealed the story of the writing of the song to fans at an official fan club gathering in the summer of 1996 at the Pasadena, California home of two fans. Supposedly, the sisters received a brief call from Rivers asking them what high school they went to. As the Allan family was somewhat nomadic at times, they 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", Rivers said, then abruptly hung 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, yet Rivers refused to reveal his motives for the desired info.
He then wrote "To Mykel and Carli (From a High School Friend)". Rivers' demo of this track is circulating. It is slightly different from the final version, notably featuring a banjo track.
Days later, Mykel and Carli were invited out to a gig the band had in Hollywood, which was normal. However, the band stressed that it was important to make sure to come to this particular show. During the set, the band debuted the reworked version of "Please Pick Up The Phone", now of course rewritten and renamed in honor of the band's biggest fans. There was reportedly not a dry eye among the sisters.