The Crimson, a Harvard publication, has published an interview with it’s most distinguished modern rock star – the newly engaged Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.
It’s a revealing interview – the interviewer really confronts Rivers on his more eccentric aspects. His attraction to Asian/Japanese girls. Personal dramas around Pinkerton. The drop in the quality of his work in the last few albums. And Rivers, to his credit, gives each question a proper answer. No Damon Albarn style “we’re not going to be talking about that.”
I’m really loving Make Believe of late. They just make me so happy with their sound. And as Rivers says, he’s once again touching on the personal on this album. Pinkerton, as great as it was, looks like a one off detour into the hyper-personal. And it’s been co-opted by every emo fucker with eyeliner anyway. But songs like Perfect Situation and Peace are some of their best work. Listen to that last little bit of Peace where Rivers sings on his own. It’s out of this world.
Also recently, I’ve been listening to a CD of Weezer b-sides, most of which taken from the site Weerez.com. Lots of great Weezer arities and a whole new world of obsession, if you’re into that kind of stuff.
SITE: The Crimson Interview w/Rivers Cuomo
SITE: Weezer official site
MP3: Weezer – Peace
– from the album Make Believe (Geffen, 2005)
MP3: Weezer – Mykel & Carli
– b-side of the single Undone (Geffen, 1994)