|Single by Weezer|
|Album||Weezer (The Green Album)|
|Released||May 15, 2001|
|Recorded||December 2000, Cello Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|Live debut||June 20, 2000|
|Rivers Cuomo song chronology|
|Weezer singles chronology|
|Weezer (The Green Album) track listing|
UK retail single
- 1 Appearances
- 2 Overview
- 3 Alternate Versions
- 4 Censorship
- 5 Single artwork
- 6 Covers
- 7 Music video
- 8 Formats and tracklists
- 9 Personnel
- 10 Audio
- 11 Lyrics
- 12 External Links
- 13 References
- Weezer (The Green Album)
- Hash Pipe (Radio Only Promo)
- Hash Pipe (US Retail CD/US Retail 7" (Black Vinyl))
- Hash Pipe (UK Retail CD)
- Hash Pipe (EU Retail CD)
- Hash Pipe (UK Promo CD) (Jimmy Pop Remix)
- Hash Pipe (UK Retail 7" (Green Vinyl))
- Hash Pipe (US Promo Remix 12" (Black Vinyl)) (Jimmy Pop Remix, Chris Vrenna's Kick Me Remix and Chris Vrenna's Under Glass Remix)
- Several Official Bootlegs (Live Version)
"Hash Pipe" was the first single released from the band's long-awaited third album, Weezer, and the only SS2K-era song to make it onto the album (although "Dope Nose" and "Slob" were later released on Maladroit). According to an interview with Rivers Cuomo, the song was written on the same night as "Dope Nose" although, according to the Catalog O' Riffs, Dope Nose was written two nights before Hash Pipe. The story is that he took "a bunch of Ritalin and had like three shots of tequila", paced around for a while, then wrote both songs. Cuomo described the process of writing the song during a 2009 interview with Terry Gross:
"For a couple of years there, well - I've always been an analytical person, but for a couple of years, I just got really analytical in keeping track of every detail of the process of writing a song and intentionally varying individual elements to see what the result would be. But sometimes these experiments were indistinguishable from how any other rock person would write a song. For example, in mid-2000, I - somehow my experiments evolved to a point where step one was take a pill of Ritalin. Step two was take three shots of tequila. Step three was go out in the backyard, sit down on a chair. Step four was close your eyes and imagine the song. And thats how I wrote 'Hash Pipe'."
Cuomo stated in a 2021 interview that he submitted "Hash Pipe" as a potential song for musician Ozzy Osbourne, but that the song was not used. Said Cuomo, "I think it was in 2000, he asked if I had any songs for him, and I just happened to have written ‘Hash Pipe,' [...] I sent it to him, but he didn’t end up using it. In another reality, it might have been interesting to hear him singing that song." The lyrics for the song are about a "homosexual transvestite prostitute", according to an Entertainment Weekly interview with Cuomo from 2001. According to Cuomo, the label was very reluctant to release a song like "Hash Pipe" as the album's lead single. Said Cuomo, "They wanted something more straight-up. Man, it was a huge fight. I got up in a meeting with all the executives and I was screaming." The label wanted to release "Don't Let Go" instead, but Cuomo was adamant that "Hash Pipe" be the single. Cuomo would, ultimately, be vindicated when the song became one of the band's biggest hits. "Hash Pipe" peaked at #2 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, #24 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and #16 on Billboard's Canadian Singles Chart. The video for the song was nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards as well as being nominated for High Times magazine's "Pot Song of the Year" in 2001.
The guitar riff was at least partially inspired by the song "Peter Gunn", the theme song from the TV series of the same name, composed by Henry Mancini. The theme has proven to be much more enduring than the show, and has appeared in many TV shows and films, both in its original recording as well as cover versions. Cuomo has stated in several interviews, at the time of the single's release, that he stole the riff from Spy Hunter, a popular arcade video game from the 80s which featured a digitized version of the Peter Gunn theme. It's also been said that the riff may have been "borrowed" from the song "He Shot Himself Up" by The Shods. Cuomo is a friend of Shods frontman Kevin Stevenson, who had previously accompanied Cuomo during Homie shows in 1997, more than two years before "Hash Pipe" was written.
There is some dispute among fans over the song's correct lyrics and, as no official lyric sheet has been released, they remain up for debate. Examples of disputed lyrics are "eyes wide"/"ass wide"/"eye swipe"/"ass wipe" and "big cheese"/"big G's" (as in 'money').
There are several incarnations of the song.
The original live version from 2000 featured slightly different drums, lacked backing vocals, "uhs", and instead of "kick me","kiss me" was sung during second line of the chorus. Also, since late 2001, Cuomo has often played the song live with a reworked guitar solo that doesn't follow the verse melody.
The original, full-length Green Album studio version is no longer in print, and was subsequently replaced by a shorter edit. This edit cuts the first chorus in half (ending after "eyes wide"), and both ascending bridge sections were removed from the end of the second and third choruses. This edit summarily replaced the original studio versions on repressings of the album, and is heard on the edited "Hash Pipe" video on the DVD Video Capture Device.
Another edit of the song, which changes the lyrics to "Half Pipe", was released to radio stations that objected to the drug reference in the song's title.
Three official remixes of the song were released in 2001. Chris Vrenna's "Kick Me" and "Under Glass" remixes were released on the "Hash Pipe" 12" remix single (Weezer's first 12" single). The record also featured Jimmy Pop's remix of the song, a version that was also released on multiple international releases singles, as well as a one-track CD-R promo in the UK. The two Vrenna mixes were released on the official site in 2001 as 128K-quality mp3s with no record noise. It has been speculated that either webmaster Karl Koch removed the record noise himself or, more likely, ripped the tracks from a test-pressing CD of some sort.
"Hash Pipe" was banned from UK airplay due to bigwigs at Radio One taking a stance against the drug reference in the title (hashish). The title is sometimes displayed as "H*** Pipe" on some television channels, notably MTV; however, there has been inconsistency of the censored song title. Geffen Records anticipated these censors, and originally didn't want "Hash Pipe" to be a single, citing the song's title and lurid content as inappropriate. And the aforementioned "Half Pipe" version was occasional broadcast by radio stations that felt more comfortable with a skateboarding reference as opposed to drugs.
Drummer Patrick Wilson is featured on the cover holding a pack of Natural American Spirit cigarettes. The retail and promo version of this cover has the brand's logo blurred out due to copyright issues. On the European retail single CD the blurred out logo was replaced with the song title and the Weezer logo. An alternate cover of the retail single shows then-bassist Mikey Welsh pushing a skateboard, on which a life-size carboard cutout likeness of Rivers is standing. This photo was taken on the floor of a venue during the Yahoo Outloud tour.
The song has been covered by Phantom Planet in concert and by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine at one of their live shows. Following Weezer's cover of "Africa" by Toto in 2018, Toto responded by releasing their own cover of "Hash Pipe". 
Impressed by how the bands looked in his other videos, Siega was sought out and asked to avoid referring to the lyrics in his treatment. Sumos were brought up, and immediately approved. Rock!
The video for the song was directed by Marcos Siega, the first of several Weezer videos that he would direct. The premise of the video shows Weezer playing while a group of sumo wrestlers engage in activity. At one point in the video, the wrestlers appear as stand-ins for the band, complete with instruments, miming to the song. In the video, guitarist Brian Bell employs a maneuver in which he bends backwards, taking the guitar with him, then thrusts his legs in the direction he's bending. This is affectionately known among Weezer fans as "The Impossible Bend". According to the mini book that accompanies Video Capture Device, Siega was specifically asked to avoid referring to the lyrics of the song in the video.
Formats and tracklists
Retail CD singles
Retail vinyl singles
Retail cassette single
Promotional CD singles
- Rivers Cuomo – lead guitar, lead vocals
- Patrick Wilson – percussion
- Brian Bell – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Mikey Welsh – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Ric Ocasek - producer
NOTE: The lyrics are not officially confirmed. Also, on the demo version, as well as during live performances, Cuomo substitutes one of the "kick me" lyrics with "kiss me".
I can't help my feelings I go out of my mind
These players come to get me 'cuz they like my behind
I deal out my business if I can't get a trick
Down on Santa Monica where tricks are for kids
Oh, come on and kick me
Oh, come on and kick me
You got your problems
I got my eyes wide
You got your big G's
I got my hash pipe
I can't help my boogies they get out of control
I know that you don't care, but I want you to know
The knee-stocking flavor is a favorite treat
Of men that don't bother with the taste of a teat
I got my hash pipe
- Guitar World. July 2021.
- Wardlaw, Matt. "Ozzy Osbourne Had First Dibs on Weezer’s ‘Hash Pipe,’ but Passed" Ultimate Classic Rock & Culture. 13 May 2021. https://ultimateclassicrock.com/ozzy-osbourne-weezer-hash-pipe/