Published Aug 28, 2009While we continue to wait for their upcoming Raditude album to drop (and face the scrutiny of our endless Pinkerton comparisons), radio-owning power pop foursome Weezer seem to be having some fun. The proof can be heard on "Radio Weezer," the band's recently launched radio station.
The station launched today (August 28), and has seen the band explore a variety of the rare and mainstream songs that they love. In an interview with MTV News guitarist Brian Bell explained, "It's a little insight into the things that turn us on and things we've been inspired by...There's things that have inspired me like classical pieces by Franz Schubert, some soul pieces, some rock things and even things you've heard a million times but people should listen to again like the Beatles' 'Twist and Shout,' which has one of the most fantastic rock vocal deliveries ever. It embodies rock'n'roll."
The songs played so far, which include songs from Blink-182, Frank Zappa, John Coltrane and MxPx, have been chosen by the band themselves. Bell goes a little deeper into their selection process, saying, "I'm embarrassed by some of the things I picked because I take it very seriously, but I don't want it to come back and haunt me, I tried not to pick things just because they were obscure and cool...I'm sure [bassist] Scott [Shriner] picked some Mastodon, Pat probably picked Van Halen, and [singer] Rivers [Cuomo] probably picked Miley Cyrus."
Raditude will be out on October 27. The radio station is playable below.