60 Wrong Sausages
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|60 Wrong Sausages|
The band in 2006 at the wedding of Rivers Cuomo.
|Origin||Los Angeles, CA|
|Genre(s)||Rock, Hair metal, Pop/Rock|
60 Wrong Sausages (60WS) was a precursor to Weezer. It was founded by Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Pat Finn and Jason Cropper in 1991 in Los Angeles.
The band's name came from an original name of "The Wrong Sausage." Apparently, one of the band members said: "No, it can't be just one wrong sausage. It needs to be, like, SIXTY Wrong Sausages!" Learning from previous experience, 60WS did not concern themselves with live shows, but rather focused on a demo tape. Cuomo's small apartment allowed no room for drums, so Wilson put drums to tape using a Roland OctoPad. Friend of the band Karl Koch said, "The demo took several weeks. Sessions squeezed into school and work schedules." The final demo was called the Cholesterol EP and contained four tracks.
- "Evil Nest" (a Finn song from the old Bush days)
- "Ben Gi"
- "Mega Man" (Wilson)
- "Workplace" (Cuomo on drums)
60WS held only seven practices in total between October 20 and November 20 of 1991, all at a cheap, filthy, and very popular with young starving bands rehearsal place called Fortress in Hollywood. The band rehearsed the performances of their Cholesterol material as well as new songs like "The Barnaby Jones", "Tennis Ball" and "Run the Gamut". Additionally, old Bush songs like "Beyond Life" and "Crayon Man" were rehearsed. Cuomo's own Fuzz songs "Answer Man" and "Burn My Britches" were rehearsed and finally, the Wilson/Finn song "Sheriff Wong", which was a song about a member of law enforcement who carried a bong.
Over Thanksgiving weekend 1991, the band stayed at Finn's mom's house in Petaluma, and 60 Wrong Sausages played the Phoenix Theater, it's only gig. Matt Sharp, then living in El Cerrito, CA (near Berkeley), attended this show, and was captured on video yelling "WHO HOLDS THE SCEPTER?!" to the band between songs. (Jason Cropper replied through the PA: "I am the bearer of the scepter"). Shortly after this show, the band was no more. Around that time, Koch wrote "band breakup seems inevitable."
A recording of "The Answer Man" was featured on Weezer's DVD Video Capture Device from 2004. Koch videotaped all 7 rehearsals as well as the Phoenix Theater show. The "Answer Man" featured on Video Capture Device was drawn from one of the 7 rehearsals.