Can't Stop Partying

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"Can't Stop Partying"
Can't Stop Partying cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Raditude
Released November 25, 2008 (Alone II)
November 3, 2009 (Raditude)
Length 2:19 (Alone II)
4:22 (Raditude)
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Jermaine Dupri
Producer(s) Polow Da Don (Raditude)
Status Officially released
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Professional reviews
Raditude track listing
"The Girl Got Hot
(03)
"Can't Stop Partying"
(04)
"Put Me Back Together"
(05)
Alone II track listing
"The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World
(12)
"Can't Stop Partying"
(13)
"Paper Face"
(14)
Alternative cover
Alone II cover
Alone II cover

"Can't Stop Partying" is the fourth track from Raditude. A demo by Rivers Cuomo was released prior as the thirteenth track on the compilation album Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo in 2008.

Appearances

Overview


Rivers Cuomo head.png
On September 10, 2007, Jermaine Dupri sent me a demo of a song he had started writing, "Can't Stop Partying" (Track 13). He also sent me his number to discuss where we could take the song. I gave him a call. He told me that he had noticed that the rock world and the hip-hop world were really the same: they were both all about partying. He wanted to write a song–and to find an artist to cover that song–to show the unity between these two apparently disparate worlds. He thought Weezer was the perfect artist.

I thought about it long and hard. I had been a great admirer of Jermaine's songs, especially Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together", which had been a big influence on my recent composition, "Heartsongs". And I loved the demo he sent me of "Can't Stop Partyin'". It was so fun and catchy.


But the music sounded a little cheesy to me, like generic punk rock. And worst of all, the lyrics were clearly a celebration of drinking and drug-taking, which I could not sing without qualms. I tried to expand the lyrics to make them more in line with my values. That's when I realized what a true genius Jermaine is. His lyrics had seemed so simple to me, as if any seventh-grader could have written them, but when I tried to write a second verse, I couldn't manage to write anything one-tenth as good as his first verse! His lyrics were all about celebration. They were totally inclusive. My lyrics couldn't indicate confidence or joy without being at the expense of someone else. Every line of Jermaine's was so strong, so iconic, like a song title. My lyrics were awkward and strained. I set the song aside. In October, in another Vipassana course, it suddenly occurred to me that I could change the meaning of the song, not by changing the lyrics, but by changing the music under the lyrics. When I got to my wife's family's house in Japan after the course, I picked up a guitar and strummed the four chords that you hear on my demo of the song. These chords suggested sadness and resignation in the face of something ineluctable, something fated, a drug-habit, a drinking addiction. Suddenly, "I Can't Stop Partying" might be a sad thing to say, and this was the undertone which, I believed, allowed me to sing the song with conviction. Was it a celebration? Or an elegy for one lost? I didn't know. But I thought it was beautiful. And that's all I've ever really cared about as a writer. The happiness of the creative moment. It has always been mine.
- Rivers Cuomo, Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo liner notes


"Can't Stop Partying" was originally written by musician/producer Jermaine Dupri. Dupri gave the lyrics to Rivers Cuomo, but Cuomo was dissatisfied with his attempts to create something predictably upbeat, instead opting to juxtapose the lyrics with a more somber tone. This acoustic demo was released in 2008 as part of the compilation album Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. Cuomo performed the song with fans at a "hootenanny" at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, California, scheduled to coincide with the release of Alone II. The song was Cuomo's personal pick for the set list, and Cuomo named it his favorite song from the album.

In December of 2008, a few weeks after the release of Alone II, Cuomo performed "Can't Stop Partying" (alongside the songs "I Was Scared" and "Don't Worry Baby") for Decomposed, a series of studio sessions for the internet publication Stereogum. For "Can't Stop Partying," Cuomo was accompanied by Dupri on vocals; Greg Vail on flute; acoustic guitarists Ryan Key (of Yellowcard), Jose Galvez (of Ozma), Sean O'Donnell (of Reeve Oliver), Ricky Sans (of Mêlée); and percussionist Derek Grant (of Alkaline Trio), among others.[1]

Despite Cuomo's misgivings about recording "Can't Stop Partying" as a rock song, the song was revisited as a rock song for Weezer's seventh album, Raditude, in 2009. Weezer first premiered a new arrangement of the song (with a new bridge and some modified lyrics) on July 24, 2009 at Jisan Valley Rock Festival in Icheon, South Korea. Weezer also unveiled the songs "The Girl Got Hot" and "I'm Your Daddy" at this concert. This arrangement was later recorded in the studio during production on Raditude, but was ultimately scrapped in favor of an arrangement featuring Lil Wayne. The studio arrangement of this live version was released as a bonus track on the "iTunes Pass" version of Raditude, with the parenthetical "Coconut Teaser Mix." Bassist Scott Shriner has named this version as his favorite.[citation needed]

Another version of "Can't Stop Partying" was recorded with producer Jacknife Lee between November of 2008 and January of 2009.[2] Ultimately, only four tracks produced by Lee would be included on the final version of Raditude, but Lee's version of Raditude leaked online in 2017.

The version that appeared on Raditude was produced by Polow da Don, and featured a more upbeat, hip-hop sound compared to previous versions, as well as a rap verse by Lil Wayne, reportedly included at the suggestion of Dupri.[3]. Despite including a high-profile collaborator in Lil Wayne, "Can't Stop Partying" would not receive a music video and was not released as a single. An alternate mix of Polow's version of the song was released on Weezer's Myspace page and eventually appeared on the band's iTunes Originals compilation album.

On October 22, 2009, a week prior to the release of Raditude, Weezer performed "Can't Stop Partying" for studio sessions at AOL's West Coast studio. This version featured an original rap verse performed by rapper Chamillionaire. Chamillionaire also accompanied Weezer on the song two days later, during a concert in Los Angeles. During most live performances throughout 2010 (including a televised appearance on Lopez Tonight, Cuomo performed the Lil Wayne rap himself. In subsequent years, the band has performed the song without any bridge.

Band Commentary

Rivers: "Can't Stop Partying" I wrote with Jermaine Dupri who's like a Hip-Hop/R&B guy. So it was really fun for me. He came in with this total "Woohoo, we're partying" type of vibe. And it wasn't 100% right for me so I wrote some different chords and changed some melodies and gave it a little bit of dark undertone to it. So it had some complexity. [1][citation needed]

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Can't Stop Partying Late 2007 2:19 Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
Rivers Cuomo et al. Can't Stop Partying November 25, 2008 Fingerprints Music, Long Beach, California 3:06 Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints (CD)
Rivers Cuomo et al. Can't Stop Partying November 25, 2008 Fingerprints Music, Long Beach, California 6:02 Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints (DVD) Video
Can't Stop Partying December 2008 ? 3:13 Stereogum Decomposed sessions
Weezer Can't Stop Partying 20082009 ? 3:26 Leaked online Jacknife Lee mix
Weezer Can't Stop Partying 20082009 ? 3:22 Leaked online Jacknife Lee mix (instrumental)
Rivers Cuomo Can't Stop Partying - Can't Stop Partying--bridge demo (14258).mp3 ?
Rivers Cuomo Can't Stop Partying Cant StopPartying New Vox REF.L2.mp3 ?
Rivers Cuomo Can't Stop Partying Can't Stop Partying Remix RC Mix 4 U.aif ?
Rivers Cuomo Can't Stop Partying - + g Can't Stop Partying Remix RC Mix 5 LV Stem-02.mp3 ?
Weezer Can't Stop Partying 20082009 ? 3:32 iTunes Pass: The Weezer Raditude Club "Coconut Teaser Mix"
Rivers Cuomo Can't Stop Partying - Can't Stop Partying Wayne+Rivers.mp3 2009
Weezer Can't Stop Partying 20082009 Thom Thom Club, Santa Monica, CA 4:21 Raditude
Weezer Can't Stop Partying 20082009 Thom Thom Club, Santa Monica, CA 4:14 iTunes Originals: Weezer Alternate mix
Can't Stop Partying October 22, 2009[4] AOL Studio, Beverly Hills, CA 4:05 Released online
Can't Stop Partying October 24, 2009 The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA 4:05 Live in Los Angeles, California
Weezer Can't Stop Partying December 3, 2009 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI 4:31 Live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Weezer Can't Stop Partying December 5, 2009 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada 4:29 Live in Toronto, Canada
Weezer Can't Stop Partying January 20, 2010 Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee, FL 4:16 Live in Tallahassee, Florida
Can't Stop Partying February 19, 2011 Chicago, IL 2:00 Sound Opinions (radio broadcast)
Weezer Can't Stop Partying January 20, 2012 Palladium Lounge, Carnival Destiny, (The Weezer Cruise) 2:42 Live on the Weezer Cruise - Palladium Lounge (Pinkerton)
Weezer Can't Stop Partying June 1, 2012 Borgata Events Center, Atlantic City, NJ 4:45 Live in Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Personnel

Alone II

Raditude

Audio/video

Alone II version

Raditude

Other performances

Lyrics

Raditude

I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop partying, partying
I gotta have Patrón, I gotta have the beat
I gotta have a lot of pretty girls around me
Oh, I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop, partying, partying
I gotta have the cars, I gotta have the jewels
and if you was me, honey, you would do it too

Monday to Sunday I hit all the clubs
And e'rybody knows me when I pull up
I got the real big posse with me, yeah I'm deep
And if you lookin' for me I'm in VIP
Just follow the smoke; they're bringing bottles of the Goose
And all the girls in the corner getting loose
Screw rehab I love my addiction
No sleep, no sleep, I am always on a mission 'cause

I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop partying, partying
I gotta have Patrón, I gotta have the beat
I gotta have a lot of pretty girls around me
Oh, I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop, partying, partying
I gotta have the cars, I gotta have the jewels
and if you was me, honey, you would do it too

[Lil Wayne:]
Party like tomorrow is my funeral
Gotta stop mixing alcohol with pharmaceuticals
And the unusual is the fucking usual
Man, my life is beautiful and my girls are mutual
Okay bitch, it's Weezer and it's Weezy
Upside down MTV
Please don't shoot me down because I'm an endangered species
It's the days of our lives but my night just started
I pray the killer doesn't take the life of the party

I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop partying, partying
I gotta have Patrón, I gotta have the beat
I gotta have a lot of pretty girls around me
Oh, I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop, partying, partying
I gotta have the cars, I gotta have the jewels
and if you was me, honey, you would do it too
Oh

(Can't stop, can't stop the partying)

Coconut Teaser Mix

I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop partying, partying
I gotta have the boom, I gotta have the beat
I gotta have a lot of pretty girls around me

Oh, Monday to Sunday I hit all the clubs
And e'rybody knows me when I pull up
I got the real big posse with me, yeah I'm deep
And if you lookin' for me, I'm in VIP
Just follow the smoke; they're bringing bottles of the Goose
And all the girls in the corner gettin' loose
Screw rehab; I love my addiction
No sleep, no sleep, I am always on a mission 'cause

I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop partying, partying
I gotta have the boom, I gotta have the beat
I gotta have a lot of pretty girls around me
Oh, I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop, partying, partying
I gotta have the cars, I gotta have the jewels
and if you was me, honey, you would do it too

I hope this party never ends, oh, oh-whoa
Keep partying with my best friends, oh, oh-whoa
This is the crunkiest night in my whole lifetime
Keep partying with me tonight

I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop partying, partying
I gotta have the boom, I gotta have the beat
I gotta have a lot of pretty girls around me
Oh, I can't stop partying, partying
I can't stop, partying, partying
I gotta have the cars, I gotta have the jewels
and if you was me, honey, you would do it too

(Can't stop, can't stop the partying)

Chamillionaire verse

I’m a rockstar, not a pop star
Pay the toll and hop on my freeway
I’m up in the club tryna' purchase love
Like I couldn’t find it on eBay
And she feeling freaky
Light some candles like it’s her b-day
She wanna hear Weezer on replay
For Pete’s sake, do I like I’m the DJ?
Wanna be on TV?
What you think I got my camera for?
Grab the Patrón and I stand on the bar
'Cause I already sipped on a gallon or more, more
Reach as she grab my guitar
Walk to the exit, grabbin’ the door
Tryna' get her and her friend to car
And I’m tryna' get her to dismantle her bra, c’mon

See also

References

  1. "Rivers Cuomo - "Can't Stop Partying"" Stereogum. 22 December 2008. Archived by Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20090129224656/http://stereogum.com:80/decomposed/performance/rivers_cuomo_cant_stop_partyin.php
  2. Karl's Corner - 05/26/2009
  3. Johnson, Alexandra. "Weezer ‘Icons of a Generation Return to their Roots’" The Waster. 8 August 2010. https://www.thewaster.com/interview/weezer-icons-of-a-generation-return-to-their-roots/
  4. Rogulewski, Charley "Weezer Run With Chamillionaire, Sara Bareilles and ... Kenny G?" Spinner. 23 October 2009. Archived by Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20111117112349/http://www.spinner.com/2009/10/23/weezer-run-with-chamillionaire-sara-bareilles-and-kenny-g/ from the original