“Listening to Cio Cio San.” I saw this relatively obscure reference to track # 7 of Weezer’s Pinkerton in a friend’s Facebook status the other day. Once I started thinking about the song (El Scorcho), it led me to post my own little reference: “I’ll bring home the turkey if you bring home the bacon.” Still thinking about it later in the day, I pulled up some of the songs on YouTube and started listening to them at work. But even today, two days later, I still had the urge to listen to the album in its entirety, which is what I did on my way to work. Almost twice, actually, thanks to today’s 55 minute drive.
I usually tell people that my favorite Weezer album is always a toss up between The Blue Album and Pinkerton, depending on my mood at the time. Well, this week, Pinkerton is, hands-down, my favorite. I try to be fair to their new stuff (I downloaded Hurley, and I think I listened to about 85% of it), but it truly does not come close to touching their first two albums. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Pinkerton is a rough around the edges album with songs about pining for Japanese girls and failed relationships. Hurley is power pop with songs about how Rivers Cuomo wishes he wasn’t so old.
Well, this sucks—I tried to embed a few songs from YouTube, but they won’t play directly on the blog. Here are the links…I was going to present these in the context of that old Sesame Street song, “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things doesn’t belong…”