Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter

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"Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter"
Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter cover
Single by Weezer
Album The White Album (Deluxe)
Released October 7, 2016
Format Vinyl, digital
Length 3:26
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Jake Sinclair
Status Officially released
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Weezer singles chronology
"I Love the USA"
(2016)
"Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter"
(2016)
"The Last Days of Summer"
(2016)
The White Album (Deluxe) track listing
"Friend of a Friend"
(13)
"Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter"
(14)
Album art
"Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter" back cover
"Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter" back cover

"Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter" is a single by Weezer. It was released as a vinyl single and as the fourteenth track on the digital deluxe release of The White Album.

Appearances

Overview

Rivers Cuomo tweeting the title in 2011[1]
"Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter" was first listed as the name of a B-side of The White Album by Rivers Cuomo on the fan club Facebook page.[citation needed] The title of the song had previously been tweeted by Cuomo years earlier, on May 29, 2011, though the phrase is not known to have been utilized for a song at that point.

On September 9th of 2016, Karl Koch announced that a new song would be released as a 7" vinyl, separate from the yearly fan club single. The song was revealed soon after as "Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter", featuring a cover of Weezer's song "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" by the band Wavves as the B-side. 2,000 copies were produced (1000 black and 1000 translucent blue). The item went on presale on September 12, 2016 and was shipped out in December of that year. Due to poor packaging, some fans reported that they received an empty box in the mail. "Fake Smiles" premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show on October 5, 2016. The song was included as the final track on the digital White Album deluxe version, released on October 7. Demos of the song were released in 2020 as part of the digital compilation Alone XII: The White Year.

The artwork, drawn by Nicholas Gazin, is a callback to the Pinkerton art. The incorrect font for "Weezer" is used, using Century Gothic.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Let's Keep It Platonic Let's Keep It Platonic   2.mp3 2015 0:33 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Let's Keep It Platonic Let's Keep It Platonic   2 @130.mp3 2015 0:33 Alone XII: The White Year Duplicate of Let's Keep It Platonic   2.mp3
Rivers Cuomo Me Time Me Time   3.mp3 2015 0:25 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo People Watcher People Watcher   3.mp3 2015 0:31 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Fake Smiles Fake Smiles   4.mp3 2015 0:35 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter Fake Smiles And Nervous Laughter   5.mp3 2015 1:16 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter Fake Smiles And Nervous Laughter   6.mp3 2015 2:15 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter Fake Smiles And Nervous Laughter   7.mp3 2015 2:15 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter Fake Smiles And Nervous Laughter   8.mp3 2015 3:02 Alone XII: The White Year
Rivers Cuomo Fake Smiles Fake Smiles And Nervous Laughter JS2 rough.mp3 2015 3:25 Alone XII: The White Year
Weezer Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter 20152016
  • Infrasonic Sound, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Lair, Los Angeles, CA
  • Studio X, Sonoma, CA
  • United Recording, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Village, Los Angeles, CA
3:26
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Audio

Lyrics

Grungy girls and punk rock boys
Can't be heard above the noise
Awkward handshakes, bumps, and hugs, oh-oh
It's not the way you thought it was

I would rather
Hear you curse me out
Than give me fake smiles
And all that nervous laughter
When you say what you hate
Makes me feel kind of great
You have authority

Taxi drivers sell their weed
In my Ani DiFranco screed
Gold high-tops with no socks on
Go ahead and move along

I would rather
Hear you curse me out
Than give me fake smiles
And all that nervous laughter
When you say what you hate
Makes me feel kind of great
You have authority
I would rather
See you flip me off
Than give me fake smiles
And all that nervous laughter
When you say what you hate
Makes me feel kind of great
It's beautiful to me

It's hard to be real
With all the temptations
And all the flying daggers
It's hard to be true
When honesty kills you
Can anybody hear me?
I'm beggin', darling, no
Give me a chance to let you know
It's hard to be true
When honesty kills you
Can anybody hear me?

I would rather
Hear you curse me out
Than give me fake smiles
And all that nervous laughter
When you say what you hate
Makes me feel kind of great
You have authority
I would rather
See you flip me off
Than give me fake smiles
And all that nervous laughter
When you say what you hate
Makes me feel kind of great
It's beautiful to me

See also

  1. @riverscuomo "Fake smiles and nervous laughter." 29 May 2011. https://twitter.com/RiversCuomo/status/74924809259192320