This text initially ran in 2016; we’re dusting it off in honor of Rivers Cuomo’s birthday on June thirteenth.
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Southern California is a wierd place. You possibly can name it a disjointed hellscape or a perpetually sunny paradise, and also you wouldn’t be fallacious in both case. The paradoxical nature of a metropolis like Los Angeles is liable to ship loads of transplants operating again to their East Coast enclaves, however not Rivers Cuomo and Weezer. The band have referred to as LA house from the very starting, and so they’ve not solely embraced the weirdness of a land outlined by its sandy seashores and lack of distinct seasons — they’ve internalized it.
Weezer’s tenth studio album, which they’re unofficially calling The White Album, is a type of love letter to California. Cuomo has mentioned that songs like “California Children” and “L.A. Girlz” have been impressed by his experiences “hanging out with folks in Venice and Santa Monica, the seashore, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on curler blades with the guitar, women on Tinder inside a four-mile radius, seeing different bands, the children from La Sera.”
That’s all high quality and good, however this isn’t the primary time in Weezer’s profession that they’ve turned to the Golden State for inspiration. Cuomo’s professed love of The Seashore Boys dates again to The Blue Album, and it’s solely the tip of the surfboard when it comes to what his songwriting owes to California. Let’s study 10 songs from Weezer’s catalog that hint their roots again to the West Coast.