So, reading this made me go listen to “Get What You Give” because I still think it’s awesome. No rapture here.
But as I listened, I realized that song sounds pretty much exactly the same as the goddamned Michelle Branch/Carlos Santana stinker “Game of Love” from the year 2002. Like, eerily similar. So I checked…
WRITTEN BY GREGG ALEXANDER. WHAM BLAM THANK YOU MA’AM. CASE CRACKED.
I was there. Hilarious and legitimately great song. It should also be mentioned that the balloons were mentioned earlier in the set at Hardly Strictly, when Ryan said “No more of this nostalgic bullshit. It’s time to play a dumb song. I see those fucking balloons back there! It’s time to get dumb!” and then the band broke into ‘Easy Plateau’ off of Cold Roses. Hahaha.
It makes me so happy that this album is even halfway decent, let alone actually pretty good. And it heartens me to see that the majority of this site agrees. I think we all, somewhere deep down inside, root for Weezer and Rivers.
Weezer’s career seems to be following a U-curve trajectory. Amazing album, amazing album, good album, good album, BAD ALBUM, BAD ALBUM, BAD ALBUM, OK album, Good album. I see a promising future. Their worst stuff is past.
Also, does anybody else maybe think the 3 or 4 bad records they put out might have just been an elaborate plan by Rivers Cuomo to create a birth of the hero>fall of the hero>rise of the hero narrative with his musical career? Because he’s crazy? And that explains all the meta lyricism about making crappy music on this album and the last one? Nobody else thinks that? Okay. Bye.
Just have to say that this list has provided a solid foundation for me to discover and get “into” XTC over the past few days. Thanks for making it!
I love this dude. He seems less grumpy than he used to be (Mark Kozelek is much more intolerable nowadays) and he makes everything interesting. This site posted an interview a couple weeks ago where he mostly just talked about baseball and poker and cats — yet it was still engaging as fuck.
IF I WERE A RICH MAN
YEDDLE DEDDLE DEDDLE EDDLE EDDLE IDLE IDLE UHM
ALL NIGHT LONG I’D BIDDY BIDDY BUM
IF I WERE A WEALTHY MAN
“This is our first show in eighteen years?” I mean… that’s just purely untrue! A falsity!
The fact they’re playing music together again makes me the happiest boy.
This was a great interview. I’ve never actually heard him have a conversation. I’ve only ever read quotes from him — all of which were noteworthy for being particularly grumpy. He’s surprisingly pleasant and normal and interesting.
“Top 10 Phish Songs” might be a better fit. It would have to include “Best Version(s)” as well.
I love Chris Tomson. Everything he writes here is true. Preach, brother.