List of unreleased Weezer songs
This is an attempted to list every holy grail, unreleased song, in chronological order based on what album or era it is said to come from. This list covers Rivers Cuomo songs, as well as Weezer songs.
- 1 1995 and before: pre-Weezer and The Blue Album
- 2 1996 and 1997: The Pinkerton Years
- 3 1997 and 1999: Homie & Hiatus
- 4 2000 through 2002: The return, Green, and Maladroit
- 4.1 Homely
- 4.2 Ayleen
- 4.3 Sister-Brother
- 4.4 No More Confusin'
- 4.5 The Badger
- 4.6 Childhood Ties
- 4.7 Castles in the Sand
- 4.8 The Ska Song
- 4.9 You're Fun to Play With
- 4.10 Tough Guy Hat
- 4.11 Beautiful Demons
- 4.12 It's A Game
- 4.13 Rosemary (Bootlegs circulating, no studio versions or demos)
- 4.14 Move it On
- 4.15 Jewish Cat
- 4.16 Take it Slow
- 4.17 Seeds Fall Down
- 4.18 Sunshine
- 4.19 Cherry Berry
- 4.20 Somebody Save Me
- 4.21 Left Foot Down
- 4.22 I Wish U Luck
- 4.23 New Day
- 4.24 I Hip
- 4.25 Happiness Together
- 4.26 Drink in the Water
- 5 Post Maladroit 2002 through 2005: Early Album 5, Second Hiatus, Make Believe, and fallen soldiers
- 6 2006 through 2008: Third Hiatus, Deliverance at Hand, and The Red Album
- 7 2009 and 2010: Hurleytude
- 8 2011 through 2012: Fourth Hiatus and Sea Opera
- 9 2013 through 2014: Everything Will Be Alright in the End fallen soldiers
- 10 2016: The White Album
- 11 2017: Pacific Daydream
- 12 2019: The Black Album
1995 and before: pre-Weezer and The Blue Album
As per the words of Karl Koch, there are two unreleased versions of GUAL. One recorded in Blue Album pre-production with Ric Ocasek in late 1993 at SIR Studios, and another recorded in Summer 1996 at Sound City in the Los Angeles. Further work was done on GUAL in 1997 for the Pink Triangle b-side, but because of Pinkerton's commercial failure, was left unfinished along with the retail Pink Triangle single itself. This is the version present on Pinkerton Deluxe. However, it received overdubs in 2009, and Rivers recut the song to include the earlier version's lyrics. Leaving two unheard studio versions known to exist, and the existence of a Rivers demo is quite probable. It was also known to have been played live multiple times, but no bootlegs have surfaced.
Not a lot is known about TBoWS, other than it being a Rivers song written in 1992. It remains one of the few early 90s era songs to not be released. On the Weezer cruise, it was played by Karl Koch in a DJ set, receiving praise from those that have heard it. No known recordings are in circulation.
A 1993 co-write between Rivers and Pat that Karl Koch has stated is a song that fans 'need to hear'. It was originally intended to be released on Alone 2 but was taken off the tracklisting at the last moment. Not much is known about the sound or sonic qualities of the song.
1996 and 1997: The Pinkerton Years
Several versions may possibly exist. As of now we have the Rivers demo and SFTBH version. It's known that during the Pinkerton sessions Rivers intended to close Pinkerton with LTSS -- However, the finished version we have has a "Coda" at the end that Rivers, Matt and Brian singing verses from songs that were considered for SFTBH (Why Bother), and ones written especially for SFTBH (Blast Off, I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams). So one may infer there was a version recorded with Pinkerton songs instead during the Pinkerton sessions. Likewise, there was a version we know of recorded in 1997 as part of Homie. Karl once said of the Homie version, "I don't remember anything in particular...but it was probably given the 'Homie treatment'."
A full-band version of Superfriend was recorded during the Pinkerton sessions, but the recording has been lost. Footage of the band recording the song can be seen on the "Weezer Goes To Van Nuys: The Making of Pinkerton" video found on the Video Capture Device DVD.
1997 and 1999: Homie & Hiatus
2000 through 2002: The return, Green, and Maladroit
There were tons of songs considered for The Green Album through it's decelopment. This is a list of the ones we do not have and are not circulating.
No More Confusin'
Castles in the Sand
The Ska Song
You're Fun to Play With
Tough Guy Hat
It's A Game
Rosemary (Bootlegs circulating, no studio versions or demos)
Move it On
Take it Slow
Seeds Fall Down
Somebody Save Me
Left Foot Down
I Wish U Luck
Drink in the Water
Post Maladroit 2002 through 2005: Early Album 5, Second Hiatus, Make Believe, and fallen soldiers
2006 through 2008: Third Hiatus, Deliverance at Hand, and The Red Album
Softies was listed on The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo list, and was originally one of the songs slated for Alone II before it's tracklist change. It's known to be recorded during The Red Album sessions.
2009 and 2010: Hurleytude
2011 through 2012: Fourth Hiatus and Sea Opera
2013 through 2014: Everything Will Be Alright in the End fallen soldiers
A song that was in heavy consideration for Everything Will Be Alright in the End. It is supposedly about the rules society says we have to follow in order to be successful, and yet how no one really follows those rules. Rivers stated in interviews leading up to the release of Everything Will Be Alright in the End that he kept messing and rewriting the lyrics of the song and couldn't quite come up with a set of verse lyrics that conveyed the exact message he was trying to get across. Some of the lyrics are said to be: "These are the rules of life and we must abide if we want to be written up in history. These are the rules of life and we must comply if we wanna be everything we're meant to be in life. These are simply the rules of life." It was originally included in the Ecce Homo, early album 9 tracklisting.
There exists an alternate version of the song with verse lyrics related to what Rivers described as 'personal problems' rather than the Revolutionary War and has been said to contain a reference to Boba Fett.
An unreleased song that was worked on during the making of Everything Will Be Alright in the End. A 7-second excerpt from the song can be heard in the first preview video for the album from the band's YouTube page. The song is not currently in circulation, but has been played to fans, who have attempted to recreate the song by memory. In 2019, a fan-recorded clip leaked online.
Rivers explained that La Mancha Screwjob was originally written for 2014's Everything Will Be Alright in the End, but that it didn't fit the theme of the album. He added that the current version was largely unchanged from the one in contention for that album aside from having a newly written bridge and a very different production style.
2016: The White Album
2017: Pacific Daydream
2019: The Black Album
In an November 2017 Vulture Magazine interview Rivers said: "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."
It is not known if the song was renamed and included on The Black Album or a demo that remains unreleased.