Prodigy Lover

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"Prodigy Lover"
Demo by Weezer
Released Via Weezer.com
Format MP3
Recorded April 22, 2002
July 2, 2002
Length Alone VIII - 3:18
April 22 - 3:14
July 2 - 2:57
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 718
COR# 368
Status Demos circulating
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"367"
(RC# 717)
"Prodigy Lover"
(RC# 718)
"She Who Is Militant"
(RC# 719)
This song is part of the "I'm a Robot" (COR# 368) lineage of songs

"Prodigy Lover" is an unreleased Weezer song, demoed in the sessions leading up to Make Believe.

Appearances

Overview

An acoustic solo demo was recorded by Rivers Cuomo, most likely in 2002, as indicated by the Catalog O' Riffs. This recording was released in 2020 as part of the digital demo compilation Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years.

"Prodigy Lover" was first recorded by Weezer in 2002 during early sessions for the band's planned fifth album, begun before Maladroit had even been released. Though the song did not appear on the eventual fifth album, Make Believe, it was revisited multiple times in various forms throughout the following years of the album's production. During sessions at the band's rented office space in 2003, it was renamed "Kings of Money," before being reworked into the song "Show Me Who You Are," followed by "Happy Robot" (or "Stupid Robot"), and finally "I'm a Robot." "Show Me Who You Are" and "Happy Robot"/"Stupid Robot" would not see release until they were leaked in 2020 through the demo storefront on riverscuomo.com (and released shortly thereafter as part of the bundle Alone IX: The Make Believe Years). "I'm a Robot" was released on the 2010 compilation Death to False Metal, an album comprised of previously-unreleased songs from throughout the band's career.

A filmed studio rehearsal of "Prodigy Lover" from July 16, 2002 was included as part of the DVD Video Capture Device. The band was joined by pianist Ryan "Shmedly" Maynes.

Though the song’s meaning has never been confirmed, some fans speculate that the song is about Matt Sharp, as “Prodigy” could refer to the model of Moog synthesizer. Though the song was first practiced a month earlier, the first demo released to fans came only a few days after Sharp filed a lawsuit against the band, claiming that Sharp was owed songwriting credits from the first two Weezer albums.

"Prodigy Lover" has been performed live at least once, on November 3, 2002, at a performance for mostly friends and family of the band at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, California.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Prodigy Lover 368 Prodigy Lover.mp3 2002 3:18 Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years
Weezer Prodigy Lover February 2002[1] ?
Weezer Prodigy Lover March 4, 2002[1] Westlake Recording Studios, West Hollywood, CA
Weezer Prodigy Lover April 13, 2002[2] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA "Version 3"
Weezer Prodigy Lover April 18, 2002[3] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA "Version 4"
Weezer Prodigy Lover WEEZER-2002-04-22_Prodigy_Lover_368.mp3 April 22, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:14 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Prodigy Lover June 23, 2002[4] Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Prodigy Lover June 26, 2002[5] Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Prodigy Lover June 27, 2002[6] Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Prodigy Lover June 28, 2002[7] Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Prodigy Lover June 30, 2002[8] Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Prodigy Lover weezer-2002-07-02_prodigy_lover_368.mp3 July 2, 2002 Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA 2:56 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Prodigy Lover July 16, 2002 The Lodge Recording Studios, Indianapolis, IN 3:03 Video Capture Device Video recording of demo session. Shmedly on keyboards.
Weezer Kings of Money November 1, 2002[9] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Kings of Money November 2, 2002[9] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Kings of Money November 3, 2002 The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA Live performance. Secret acoustic show.
Weezer Kings of Money November 4, 2003[9] Unknown office space, Los Angeles, CA Acoustic demo; incomplete
Weezer Kings of Money November 4, 2003[9] Unknown office space, Los Angeles, CA Acoustic demo; rejected take
Weezer Kings of Money November 4, 2003[9] Unknown office space, Los Angeles, CA Acoustic demo; rejected take
Weezer Kings of Money November 4, 2003[9] Unknown office space, Los Angeles, CA Acoustic demo
Weezer Kings of Money November 6, 2003[9] Swing House Rehearsal & Recording, Los Angeles, CA Recorded to Marantz CD burner, with Rick Rubin
Weezer untitled November 19, 2003[9] Swing House Rehearsal & Recording, Los Angeles, CA Recorded to Marantz CD burner, with Rick Rubin
Weezer Show Me Who You Are December 1, 2003January 30, 2004[10] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA Day-to-day info unknown
Rivers Cuomo Show Me Who You Are 08 368 Show Me Who You Are (triplet.mp3 April 23, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:22 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Rivers Cuomo Show Me Who You Are 12 368 Show Me Who You Are (8th melo.mp3 May 18, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:18 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Rivers Cuomo Stupid Robot 09 368 Stupid Robot.mp3 June 3, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:15 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Rivers Cuomo Happy Robot 09 368 Happy Robot.mp3 June 4, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 3:14 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Rivers Cuomo I'm a Robot 06 368 I'm a Robot.mp3 July 20, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:40 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Rivers Cuomo I'm a Robot 06 368 I'm a Robot.mp3 July 20, 2004 S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:40 Alone IX: The Make Believe Years
Weezer I'm a Robot September 25, 2004 Grandmaster Recorders, Los Angeles, CA Rough mix
Weezer I'm a Robot 2010(?) S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:30 Death to False Metal

Audio


Lyrics

Something is different
Something has changed
You write me your letters
They're not the same

Prodigy lover
Playing the keyboards
Drawing that music from me

Uncomprehending
I'm stupefied
‘Cuz I wrote the rulebook
You can't abide

Over and over
Checking the airwaves
Drawing that music from me

You say OK
We'll both become
The kings of money

Over and over
Checking the airwaves
Drawing that music from me

You say OK
We'll both become
The kings of money

Uncomprehending
I'm stupefied
Cuz' I wrote the rulebook
You can't abide
I wrote the rulebook
You can't abide
I wrote the rulebook
You can't abide

Oh no (I'm stupified)

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Koch, Karl. Karl's Corner, 7 March 2002. Karl's Corner - 03/07/2002
  2. Koch, Karl. Karl's Corner, 13 April 2002. Karl's Corner - 04/13/2002
  3. Koch, Karl. Karl's Corner, 18 April 2002. Karl's Corner - 04/18/2002
  4. Koch, Karl. Karl's Corner, 25 June 2002. Karl's Corner - 06/25/2002
  5. Koch, Karl. Karl's Corner, 27 June 2002. Karl's Corner - 06/27/2002
  6. Koch, Karl. Karl's Corner, 27 June 2002. Karl's Corner - 06/27/2002
  7. Koch, Karl. Karl's Corner, 28 June 2002. Karl's Corner - 06/28/2002
  8. Koch, Karl. Karl's Corner, 30 June 2002. Karl's Corner - 06/30/2002
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Weezer Recording History - Page 14
  10. Weezer Recording History - Page 15