Musician and impressionist Steve Welsh imagine what it might have sounded like of the Nirvana classic Come as You Are were performed by another band that hit it big in the early 1990s, Weezer. He totally nails the layered pop vocals and garage rock sounds of Rivers Cuomo and gang.
Recording the video on what can only be described as a potato-cam, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo turned in a heartfelt solo performance of Nirvana’s 1993 classic Heart Shaped Box. The clip is a lead-in to his Island in the Zoom project, which aims to bring remote Weezer fans together for interviews, music, and fun.
The music video for the single Hero from the now delayed Van Weezer is packed with video footage shot by fans of the band, each performing a single task – passing a letter from the left to the right of the screen. The payoff is a heartfelt message from Rivers Cuomo and the band at the end of the clip.
Weezer’s power pop hit Buddy Holly paid tribute to the 1950s, and was released in the 1990s, but musician Mick Mazz decided to see what the song might have sounded like had it been released a decade earlier. Between the synthesizers, electronic drums, and saxophone, we think he nailed the sound of the era.
Tenacious D documents their off-stage antics on tour in Bogota, Colombia, as they attempt to stowaway on a plane; challenge Foo Fighters and Weezer in anexplosive game of Tejo, Colombia’s national drunken sport; and the heavy heavy-metalheads demonstrate the workout that keeps them “obese instead of morbidly obese.”
(PG-13: Language) During their recent tour dates in Brazil, Weezer performed a great cover of Nirvana’s 1991 track Lithium. It’s a great tribute to a fellow band who achieved fame in the 1990s, but with a very different outcome. On a related note, we came across this little gem while researching this story.
We all know Weezer loves to cover classics. Musician Jenn Champion pays it forward with a remake of Weezer’s The Blue Album, replacing the original’s garage rock with chunky synth rhythms, and smooth, feminine vocals. Her cover of Undone streams for free, while the full album is exclusively on vinyl from Turntable Kitchen.
We’re not sure how we missed this incredible Radiohead cover when Weezer recorded it 2011, but we figured some of you might have missed it too. One commenter said Rivers singing Thom’s part was “Like seeing Woody Allen in a Batman movie.” We agree, but in a good way.