By Chris Moore:
With Weezer’s eighth studio album – and the third in three years – being released next week, I thought this would be the perfect time to reorganize, update, and publish my Weezer compilation.
Of course, after Tuesday, it will be in need of an update once again…
I haven’t adjusted my Weezer playlist since 2007, so the necessary selections from The Red Album and yes, even Raditude have been added, namely “Pork and Beans” and “Troublemaker” from the former and “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” and “Put Me Back Together” from the notoriously inferior latter. “Put Me Back Together” is the only addition that I’m not fully committed to, having to knock out “Fall Together,” one of my favorites from Maladroit, and “The Damage in Your Heart,” a great song from Make Believe that is just a bit too slow and a bit too long for this compilation.
I’m certain that this list won’t please every Weezer fan. Some may argue content (songs that don’t deserve top billing, songs that should’ve made the cut) and others may argue order (“Why is ______ so far down the list?!,” etc.), but that’s half the fun of creating a compilation like this.
I didn’t originally intend to order the tracks in bursts of chronological order, but I just loved the flow and transitions when I arranged them like this. With the exception of the last three songs, the order (as you will no doubt pick up on quickly) is in order of album release: two full runs through their seven album catalog and a Blue Album-era outtake to kick off the third round, which extends to Maladroit before I alter the balance with extra tracks from The Green Album, Maladroit, and Make Believe.
The bottom line is that Weezer is one of the best rock bands of all time. They’ve recently become embroiled in a critical cluster-cuss, but the dissension really extends back to Maladroit, which is – in this writer’s opinion – one of the finest rock albums of all time. Criticizing Weezer’s recent music has become a very acceptable, reasonable even, practice, one that I’ve contributed to with regards to 2009’s Raditude.
Meanwhile, Weezer rocks on.
I say, let’s rock on with them. If you can’t applaud their recent work, then you should at least appreciate the attitude. And, after a run through the compilation below, you just might remember why Weezer deserves so much respect. They may not be the smartest lyric-writers or even musicians out there, but I dare you to find a band that’s more consistently fun to listen to!
1) “My Name is Jonas” – Weezer (The Blue Album)
2) “The Good Life” – Pinkerton
3) “Don’t Let Go” – Weezer (The Green Album)
4) “American Gigolo” – Maladroit
5) “Beverly Hills” – Make Believe
6) “Pork and Beans” – Weezer (The Red Album)
7) “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” – Raditude
8) “Buddy Holly” – Weezer (The Blue Album)
9) “Pink Triangle” – Pinkerton
10) “Island in the Sun” – Weezer (The Green Album)
11) “Dope Nose” – Maladroit
12) “Perfect Situation” – Make Believe
13) “Troublemaker” – Weezer (The Red Album)
14) “Put Me Back Together” – Raditude
15) “Jamie” (Live Acoustic) – Dusty Gems and Raw Nuggets
16) “Say It Ain’t So” – Weezer (The Blue Album)
17) “Why Bother” – Pinkerton
18) “Photograph” – Weezer (The Green Album)
19) “Keep Fishin’” – Maladroit
20) “Hash Pipe” – Weezer (The Green Album)
21) “Slave” – Maladroit
22) “The Other Way” – Make Believe
Running Time: 71 minutes