Published Sep 16, 2013Weezer's career divides neatly into two parts: their beloved golden era (1994's eponymous Blue Album and 1996's Pinkerton) and their more divisive, inconsistent recent work (2001's Green Album and beyond).
The trouble is that their questionable albums now far outweigh the classics, and it's becoming increasingly tedious to wade through a large discography in search of the gems among the throwaways. To help you separate the wheat from the chaff, here are our 10 favourite post-millennial Weezer songs.
This represents the best of a hotly debated bunch, although together they amount to a pretty solid 10-song playlist. In order to give you an overview of what the band have been up to, we've included at least one song from each of Weezer's six proper post-2000 LPs (but we're not including the rebooted outtakes collection Death to False Metal in that tally).
Top 10 Post-Millennial Weezer Songs:
10. "Modern Dukes"
The rawness of many Weezer's demos are a big part of their appeal. If the punk chaos of "Modern Dukes" were cleaned up for an official studio release, would it still be this much fun? The Summer Songs of 2000 demo is an excellent mosh-pit starter that sounds absolutely explosive, while the subsequent 2002 demo doesn't pack quite the same punch (but it's still damn catchy). If Weezer had chosen to go in this direction with their albums, the past decade might have been very different (for better or for worse).
9. "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"
When Raditude was released in 2009, Cuomo was almost 40 and was the father of a two-year-old. Despite this, the single "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" is a first-person account of teenage romance strewn with Titanic screenings and Best Buy hangouts. Singing about first love is a lot more interesting that stories of diaper changing, and this is a compellingly vivid fantasy.
8. "This Is Such a Pity"
Much of Make Believe found Cuomo ostensibly wearing his heart on his sleeve, but songs like "Peace" and "The Damage in Your Heart" lacked the emotional rawness and autobiographical minutia that made Pinkerton so perversely additive. That said, "This Is Such a Pity" is an enjoyable new wave throwback that adds a splash of keyboards to the Weezer's familiar Cars-style pop chug. Its status as an accurate '80s pastiche is cemented by the gleefully corny call-and-response guitar solo.