You know, one side effect of performing for laptopsessions.com is that you tend to learn a lot about the bands that you cover.
I knew that I wanted to do this song at some point because it is a stereotypical “alternative” song from the 90’s, and it was in the top ten of singles when it came out. I knew that the moog riff is cool, and that I was definitely not going to include it in my performance.
I’m talking about a band called “The Rentals” (which for some reason make me think of the B52’s, but I digress) (Ok, it also makes me think of “The Wonders” from “That Thing You Do”, but I digress again) (Nope, nothing else, just thought i’d digress in threes). And today, I learned that it is and was fronted by Weezer’s own Matt Sharp. I guess I should’ve known since the styles are markedly similar.
Tonight’s performance is an acoustic one of a song that doesn’t really sound like it’d be good acoustic. I’d be better off breaking out my bass and fuzzing the sound up. Still, the spirit of the sessions must remain! The song is “Friends of P” from their album “Return of the Rentals”. You’ll recognize it if you don’t already when you hear it.
I hope you notice I did get a Twitter, and I promise to update it more if I get more followers. Hopefully, however, you’ve taken that PSA into account.
Until next time fine folks, I’ll see you then!
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up. We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session. We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and original music blog again in the future. But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!
Matt Sharp… I had no idea he fronted a band before Weezer. Nice trivia and really nice performance, Jeff!