Runner-Up

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"Runner-Up"
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Recorded 2015
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status demo

"Runner-Up" (previously titled "Fireball") is a song originally intended for Weezer (The Black Album). It has never been heard in full by fans.

Appearances

Overview


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One of my favorite songs right now, it’s called “Runner-Up,” and, I mean, when I wrote it on piano and vocal, it sounds — the first thing that comes to minds is Pinkerton-esque, but I hesitate to use that, because that means so much to people. It sounds very like that core, emotional Rivers that an old-school fan would love, but then the way it was produced — my piano is in there, but then there are all these electronic, dark elements that sound like nothing we’ve ever done.


- Rivers Cuomo, Vulture interview, November 2017[1]

In an entry for the song on Riverpedia in 2020, Cuomo suggested that the song was written at the same time as "QB Blitz".[2] Cuomo confirmed later that the song was originally titled "Fireball", adding that the title "makes more sense with the lyrics."[2] In 2021, a rough sketch of what can be presumed to be "Fireball" (due to the repetition of the word "fireball") was included as part of the digital compilation Alone XIII: The Pacific Daydream Years.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Fireball fireball   2 verse @70.mp3 20152017
Rivers Cuomo Fireball fireball   3 piano @70.mp3 20152017
Rivers Cuomo Fireball Fireball 3-2.mp3 20152017
Rivers Cuomo Fireball fireball   4 verse 2 @72.mp3 20152017
Rivers Cuomo Fireball (?) Untitled2_2016_2_26_15_6_31.mp3 February 26, 2016 11:03 Alone XIII: The Pacific Daydream Years
Rivers Cuomo Fireball (?) Untitled2 12.mp3 20162018 3:02 Alone XIII: The Pacific Daydream Years
Rivers Cuomo Runner-Up Runner Up Rough idea.mp3 20162018
Rivers Cuomo Runner-Up RUNNER UP WL edit V1.mp3 20162018
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See also

  1. Riesman, Abraham. "Rivers Cuomo Is Still Lonely: But he’s really into lifehacks." Vulture. November 2017. https://www.vulture.com/2017/11/weezer-rivers-cuomo-interview-lifehacks-pacific-daydream.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Runner-Up" Riverpedia. https://books-r-fun.herokuapp.com/wiki/Runner-Up