Christmas with Weezer
|Christmas with Weezer|
|EP by Weezer|
|Released||December 16, 2008|
|Genre||Alternative rock / Holiday|
|Producer||Pat Wilson, Rivers Cuomo|
Christmas with Weezer is an EP of Weezer Christmas carol covers and also an application for the iPhone and iPod touch created by Tapulous, the makers of Tap Tap Revenge.
The Tapulous application is a game similar to Rock Band or Guitar Hero and features Weezer covering six Christmas carols. The songs are described in the press release as "funky but authentic". Two bonus tracks are available in the game ("Pork and Beans" and "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)") along with unspecified extra Weezer tracks, likely to be downloaded from an in-game system.
The idea to record songs for the iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge came from Pat Wilson, an iPhone owner himself. The recordings are unique for Weezer because all of the guitars and drums are performed by Wilson. It is assumed that Weezer's bassist, Scott Shriner, played bass. A photo posted in November 2008 on weezer.com of Wilson and Shriner at Starbucks when the recordings would have been made seems to confirm this. Later, frontman Rivers Cuomo recorded lead vocals separately. After the application was released, additional enhancements were made to the songs and they were re-released online as a digital EP. The new versions were remixed and now contained vocal harmonies from guitarist Brian Bell, altered lead vocals from Cuomo (removing some of the extensive vocal doubling) and added tambourine on "Silent Night".
According to Karl Koch, production duties on the record were informal and shared between Wilson and Cuomo:
- There was no producer per se. Pat and Rivers just did it with minimal assistance, in a side studio at the same facility (“The Document Room”) in Malibu that they were working on Raditude in with Jacknife Lee. Pat was basically told to make it happen, so as far as the basic mixing and producing duties, it was him, although certainly Rivers had a part to play too, at times. It was a very low key thing that they just grinded out when there was downtime up at the main studio.
Weezer and Tapulous Announce Unique Musical App For Apple App Store
Christmas With Weezer: Six Exclusive Weezer Christmas Songs For iPhone and iPod touch from the Makers of Tap Tap Revenge
Los Angeles, CA., – December 4, 2008 – Weezer, one of the most original and beloved bands around, and Tapulous, the leading iPhone applications developer, today announced Christmas With Weezer, an original game for the iPhone and iPod touch that will go on sale within the next few days. Featuring new music by Weezer, the game takes full advantage of the innovative Multi-Touch capabilities and accelerometer as players tap and shake their phones to the tunes of six classic Christmas songs covered by Weezer.
"I agreed to do these special recordings for the game because I am a fan of each of the songs. The melody and vocal lines are incredible and it was fun to sing them," added Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.
Christmas With Weezer is built on the powerful next-generation engine of Tap Tap Revenge, the popular music game for iPhone and iPod touch, where users tap and shake their devices to the tunes of the music, but with rich new features and a fun, family-friendly look to fit the holiday spirit. The music is funky but authentic, since Weezer kept the original lyrics in these favorite Christmas songs. Weezer fans can hear the band performing six Christmas classics, including "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", "Silent Night", "O Holy Night", "First Noel", "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful", along with two bonus tracks. The six Christmas cover tracks were recorded exclusively for this game, and are not available anywhere else.
"I love my iPhone and all the apps that you can download," said Weezer drummer Pat Wilson. "I love that our band is the first to actually record songs specifically for an app and Tap Tap Revenge seemed like the perfect one. I am excited to tap along to what we recorded and hope it brings holiday cheer to all kinds of different thumbs and fingers."
To date, only one song from this EP has been released in physical form. "O Come All Ye Faithful" appears on the 2009 Christmas Compilation JDRF's Hope For The Holidays. However, the song turned out to be in lossy sourced form and therefore doesn't have any advantage over the digital release. Lossless FLAC files can be purchased on the French website qobuz.com.
- "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
- "O Come All Ye Faithful"
- "O Holy Night"
- "The First Noel"
- "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
- "Silent Night"