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Featured article: Alone liner notes


The following is an excerpt from Rivers Cuomo's liner notes for his first officially-related demo compilation, Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

BUDDY HOLLY. June 1993

Rivers: I was in the Santa Monica College Choir and I met a kid named Steve Graff who lent me his Korg Keyboard. Inspired by its goofy synth sounds, I decided to write some new-wave influenced songs.

The chorus melody, though, I came up with as I was walking through the lawns of the campus. The melody was in time to my steps: "ooo-we-ooo I look just like Buddy Holly." The lyrics I struggled with, trying to find the right reference point. An early version read, "ooo-we-ooo you look just like Ginger Rogers. Oh-oh I move just like Fred Astaire."

The life-situation that inspired the lyric was an incident in which the Weezer guys were making fun of my friend Kyung He (also in the Santa Monica College Choir). They were the "homies dissin' my girl".

I rarely wrote lyrics about tension between me and the guys in the band because I thought it would be awkward for us all to perform those songs together. In this case, though, it didn't seem like a big deal.

Obviously, this track is kind of slow compared to how it ended up on the Weezer record. [Even on the Weezer record we recorded it pretty slow. We sped it up during mastering.] I've always like big, fat, heavy guitar sounds and when I write a song with a sound like that I end up digging in and playing real slow. It isn't 'til we hear a song back on tape that we realize, "hey, that's a little dirgy."

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"Colorado" is a single by the Rentals and the seventh track from Chapter One of the multimedia project Songs About Time. It was originally released on September 27, 2008.

The song was written during Matt Sharp's acoustic solo career, and he performed it many times while on tour. As Sharp explained in a 2008 letter to fans, the song received a full-band arrangement when he was approached about contributing a song for a compilation. The song became "a test run" for the forthcoming Songs About Time, featuring the nontraditional recording methods and ambitious artistic premises that would come to define the project. The song features drum beats programmed into a keyboard as well as percussion sourced from drum sticks drumming on the floor of the studio they recorded in. The second video released in the SAT project shows the band recording the song.

This was the first release by the band to include vocalist Jamie Blake.

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On this day... May 7

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A Red Album-era Weezer shirt, riffing off the then-new Nintendo Wii gaming console.
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C. 2008

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Featured list: List of Carnival Art songs

The following is an excerpt of Weezerpedia's list of every song recorded by Brian Bell's pre-Weezer outfit Carnival Art.

Song Author Recorded Album
Dancing Earth Michael P. Tak 1989 Like Nobody's Business
Feel Like Makin' Love Paul Rodgers 1992 Holy Smokes EP
Itchy Little House Carnival Art (music)
Michael P. Tak (lyrics)
1991 Thrumdrone
Juice Dawg Carnival Art (music)
Michael P. Tak (lyrics)
1990, 1991 Dig EP
Blue Food & Black Sparks
Mrs. Pear's Reptile Homework Carnival Art (music)
Michael P. Tak (lyrics)
1991 Thrumdrone
Wrestling Swamis Carnival Art (music)
Michael P. Tak (lyrics)
1991 Thrumdrone

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