Lovely was one of two side projects created by Rivers Cuomo in Boston during the fall of 1997. Intended as a counterpart to Homie, the band also featured Mikey Welsh and Zeph Courtney.
The existence of Lovely was not revealed to fans until December of 2020. When asked in Riverchat about the existence of a Baby demo, Cuomo said that one did not exist, that "Baby wasn't home (sic) anyway. It was lovely." He explained that Lovely was another side project consisting of himself, Mikey and Zeph.
"Lovely was drone Rock. Homie was kind of country tinged pop....Homie was a byproduct of Pinkerton and Lovely was a reaction to the reaction to pinkerton."
-Rivers Cuomo, December 17, 2020
Rivers played two shows with Mikey and Zeph (as well as with Kevin (of the Shods)) in October, 1997 at T.T. the Bear's Place (or Axis?) and at the Paradise. In addition to a few Weezer songs, these two shows featured Rosemary, 1,000 Years, The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World, Baby, Fun Time, American Girls and Little Sister. At his final Boston show in January 1998, Rivers played some of these songs, but neither Mikey nor Zeph were part of the band.
After some of these performances leaked as live bootlegs, fans have sought these songs and have often lumped them in with the Homie performances. Rivers himself released live recordings of 1,000 Years and Little Sister. Additionally, the home demo of Rosemary is part of Alone IV: The Blue-Pinkerton Years. However, considering that other people are playing on the home demos of the remaining songs, Rivers does not expect those to be a part of the Alone project.
American Girls was later released as part of the soundtrack of the 1998 film Meet the Deedles However, Rivers was joined by a number of other musicians including Greg Brown member of Cake, Matt Sharp (formerly of Weezer, lead singer of the Rentals), Adam Orth of Shufflepuck and Yuval Gabay of Soul Coughing. The band name chosen for this recording was of Cuomo's other Boston side project, Homie.
On February 20, 2009, Albumsix boardies The Lifetaker and runnersdialzero released a ten track cover album, which included their versions of Rosemary, Baby, The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World and Fun Time.
(these tracks were confirmed by Rivers)
- "American Girls" (later became a Homie song)
- "Lover in the Snow"
- "The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World"
Other potential songs
- "1,000 Years"
- "Fun Time"
- "Little Sister"