Elahe Izadi, The Washington Post
Look at what the web hath wrought.
Weezer skilled an surprising profession increase in 2018 after a viral Twitter marketing campaign began by a devoted fan led them to cowl Toto’s “Africa.” The band obliged, and the track turned the band’s highest-rating Billboard hit in additional than a decade.
So the logical conclusion? An whole album of covers! Weezer dropped “The Teal Album” on Wednesday evening, and the shock launch consists of a number of covers of your karaoke go-tos, from the 1961 Ben E. King traditional “Stand By Me” to the 1999 TLC anthem “No Scrubs.”
Weezer, who received an much more surprising spherical of consideration in December after a viral “Saturday Night Live” sketch about their finest period, has flirted with covers earlier than (they reduce a model of “I’m a Believer” for a “Shrek” film). But, no, they haven’t become a canopy band. They’ll launch “The Black Album,” a file of unique songs, on March 1, which follows their 2017 launch, “Pacific Daydream.”
In the meantime, “Teal” has sparked some spirited takes. The most divisive of the covers could very effectively be “No Scrubs”; the unique banger about a broke man (also referred to as a buster) was launched effectively after the opposite songs Weezer lined. “No Scrubs” remained a high trending matter on Twitter effectively into Thursday, which in all probability confused folks after they found it was because of Weezer and never the unique R&B trio.
The inclusion of the beloved hit was not performed carelessly, in accordance to lead singer Rivers Cuomo. “I just thought it’s one of those songs that’s freakishly popular,” the Weezer frontman informed Apple Music. “I was trying to decide which gender perspective to sing it from then I saw this tweet that said, ‘If you’re a guy covering a song by a girl, you gotta keep the pronouns. For those three minutes you’re gay.’ So I was like, ‘Cool, let’s try this.’”
Anyway, now we’re all left arguing about Weezer, identical to Matt Damon and Leslie Jones in that “SNL” sketch.