I always have a few bands that are flooding my headphones for a timeframe of a few weeks before they retire to a mental library to be summoned when the mood is right. But I think my all-time favorite bands end up being The Beatles and Weezer (as if you didn’t know). Both are always so relatable just because of how generic they are, to some degree, (‘Please Please Me’, the Green album) and others are, scarily, like soundtracks written specifically for part of my life (‘Help!’, ‘Pinkerton’) (“Say, isn’t ‘Help!’ the soundtrack to ‘Help!’?” “Shut up!”) …Now I feel that both bands are extremely influencial in the modern music industry, obviously, the Beatles to the greater extent.
But more importantly, both bands had/have songwriting down to a science… Even their worst tracks are, on some level, brilliant. Pretty subjective, yeah, but if you look at the Beatles’ early albums and Weezer’s Green album, relatively speaking both are on the lower end of their respective heirarchies, and yet they are still some of the best formulaic pop ever. I’d also like to say that they both are a few bands whose covers are consistently equal or better than the originals (“Mr. Moonlight”, “Please Mr. Postman”, “Twist and Shout”, etc. for the Beatles & “Worry Rock”, “Pumped-Up Kicks”, “Love My Way” for Weezer… We’ll give both bands credit for “Rock and Roll Music” & “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Paranoid Android” & “You Might Think”, respectively for being pretty dang close to the originals).
Anywho, I keep getting off track… I just think that, despite ‘Raditude’, both bands really blossom in areas where they branch out from the norm. The Beatles have a MASSIVE jump on Weezer here, because this is where they made their best albums, and kind of sort of completely changed music forever — ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is the original concept album, and ‘Revolver’ and especially ‘Rubber Soul’ are so unconventional… And then in the 80s and 90s rock music kind of verged off this path but now more indie bands than ever are implementing different instruments into the mix and that’s really cool.
Obviously, Weezer didn’t change the course of music history on a grand scale… But I challenge you to find a respectable artist who hasn’t been influenced by ‘Pinkerton’, a rock-opera turned concept-album of a different nature. Weird to think of a space rock opera becoming a concept album loosely based on Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’… Easily one of the top 10 or 20 albums of all time, the emotion and beautiful Japanese influences against the angsty and lo-fi grungy rock make, quite strangely, the perfect combination. This may be blasphemy in some musical realms, but I need to say, Weezer, at least on this album and more honest tracks like “Runaway”, “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here”, “Say it Ain’t So”, “The Other Way”, etc. reaches emotional heights far more than the Beatles. I may get flamed for this, but it’s the truth. I suppose Weezer seems more human than the Beatles too… Being that they were never really appreciated in their stride whilst the Beatles obviously were.
The point is, both bands are fantastic go buy their albums kthnxbai.
I got Blunderbuss from my favorite record shop a day early. Who’s jealous who’s jealous who’s jealous who’s jealous of who? ;)