Space Rock

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"Space Rock"
Space Rock cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Maladroit
Released May 14, 2002
Recorded 2002
Length 1:53
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 684
COR# 344
Producer(s) Weezer, Rod Cervera, Chad Bamford
Status Released
Live debut May 19, 2002 in Fukuoka, Japan[1]
Maladroit track listing
"Burndt Jamb"
(7)
"Space Rock"
(8)
"Slave"
(9)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"blues riff"
(RC# 683)
"Space Rock"
(RC# 684)
"Wake Up Dry"
(RC# 685)

"Space Rock" (also known as "Place the Blame") is the eighth track on Maladroit.

Appearances

Overview

Rivers Cuomo first demoed "Space Rock" on his Olympus handheld digital recorder[2][3] in 2001. This demo was released as part of the digital demo compilation Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years in 2020.

"Space Rock" was first demoed as a band under the title "Place the Blame" at Cello Studios in early November of 2001, though it was not finished at the time.[4] The song was recorded, alongside the songs "Cygnus X-1" and "Slave," at Glenn Sound Studios for Seattle-area radio station 107.7 The End on November 14, 2001. Once it became apparent that the songs were not going to air, however, the band released them as MP3s on weezer.com. After it's initial release on weezer.com, the MP3 of "Space Rock" was replaced with a shortened mix.

During the studio sessions for Maladroit in January 2002, the song's lyrics were rewritten. The song's lyrics reflect Cuomo's frustration at his rapport (or lack thereof) with online fans at the time. It is unknown why the title "Space Rock" was chosen, as the song bears little resemblance to the space rock musical genre, though guitarist Brian Bell described the song as "Spacemen 3-ish" in 2002.[5]

"Space Rock" has been performed live only six times.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Space Rock 344 Space Rock.mp3 2001 3:20 Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years
Weezer Place the Blame November 2001[4] Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA Not finished during this session
Weezer Space Rock WEEZER-2001-11-14-GlennSound-Spacerock_344.mp3 November 14, 2001 Glenn Sound, Seattle, WA 2:35 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Space Rock WEEZER-2001-11-14-GlennSound-Spacerock_344.mp3 November 14, 2001 Glenn Sound, Seattle, WA 1:56 Released on weezer.com Shortened edit
Weezer Space Rock WEEZER-2001-12-28_03Space_Rock_344.mp3 December 28, 2001 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:01 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Space Rock WEEZER-2002-01-06_09Space_Rock_344.mp3 January 6, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 1:59 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Space Rock WEEZER-2002-01-07_05Space_Rock_344.mp3 January 7, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 1:59 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Space Rock WEEZER-2002-01-08_06Space_Rock_344.mp3 January 8, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:01 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Space Rock WEEZER-2002-01-10_04Space_Rock_344.mp3 January 10, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:01 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Space Rock WEEZER-2002-01-12_09Space_Rock_344.mp3 January 12, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:02 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Space Rock 20012002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 1:53 Maladroit
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Live performances

Personnel

Audio

Lyrics

Album version

Ooh, ooh-hoo

You wanna cry
When you're dealing with the kids

Ooh, ooh-hoo

They know it all
And they're pinning you to boards

It's a game
And you'll play
But you can't have fun
When all they do is say
Lies

They know it all
And they're pinning you to boards

It's a game
And you'll play
But you can't have fun
When all they do is say
Lies
Lies

Demo lyrics

Ooh, ooh-hoo

You'll never leave
When you're waiting up with me

Ooh, ooh-hoo

You wanna die
When you're speaking to the blind

It's a game
It's a shame
And we'll never leave
Until we place the blame

Ooh, ooh-hoo

You wanna die
When you're speaking to the blind

It's a game
It's a shame
And we'll never leave
Until we place the blame

See also

  1. Live debut per Karl's Corner - 05/19/2002 by Karl Koch
  2. Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, liner notes
  3. "Maladroit Preview 2021-12-27 14.38.mp3" Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years
  4. 4.0 4.1 Weezer Recording History - Page 13
  5. "Weezer’s Brian Bell Was ‘Overwhelmed’ By Maladroit Material" Originally published in ICE Magazine, March 2002. https://thebadpennyblog.com/2010/09/17/weezers-brian-bell-was-overwhelmed-by-maladroit-material/

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