Top 10 Weezer Videos
Weezer pack more fun in a three-minute song than most bands manage in their entire careers. After all, this is a band that’s name-checked Mary Tyler Moore in one song and teamed up with Lil Wayne on another track. So it’s only natural that their videos would also be a blast. From their groundbreaking ‘Happy Days’-inspired ‘Buddy Holly’ clip to ‘Pork and Beans,’ which crams about three dozen online memes into a little more than three minutes, Weezer’s videos are often buzzworthy events. These are their 10 best.
It’s an easy target, but Weezer makes poking fun at the empty lifestyles of the rich and famous a game of spotting the excesses of Beverly Hills brats. The band seems both bored and bemused by the entire thing, which is probably the point.
Spike Jonze — who’d go on to make ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Adaptation’ and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ — directed Weezer’s breakthrough video, a wonderful tribute to ‘Happy Days,’ complete with appearances by the Fonz, Potsie and the gang.
Weezer’s second album ‘Pinkerton’ bombed when it came out in 1996, but it’s now considered a modern-rock classic. ‘El Scorcho,’ the first single and video, didn’t get much love back then either. What a shame — it should have been a huge hit.
It’s basically three minutes of sumo wrestlers and Weezer facing off with their fat, muscles and guitars. After a five-year break following the failure of ‘Pinkerton,’ it marked the band’s return in grand style. We love the song, the album and the video.
‘Island in the Sun’
Weezer once again teamed up with filmmaker Spike Jonze for a super-fun video that features the four band members frolicking with various animals. And anytime you put a monkey in front of a camera, you’ve got automatic comedy gold.
In 2011 Weezer covered Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ classic ‘Paranoid Android.’ It’s a pretty faithfully cover and really good. Nothing flashy happens in the six-minute black-and-white clip, but watching the band work through the complex song brings its own kind of joy.
“Before there was Weezer … there was Weeze” reads the intro to this what-if? clip in which a high-maintenance woman with a serious attitude problem is revealed to be the group’s first singer. Rivers Cuomo steps in to save the day. Way fun.
‘Pork and Beans’
How many Internet memes can you pick out in this clip for ‘Pork and Beans’? There’s the ‘Chocolate Rain’ guy, the Diet Coke-Mentos experiment and a dramatic critter of some sort. Like most Weezer videos, it’s definitely worth a second or third look.
‘Say It Ain’t So’
The video for one of Weezer’s most popular songs is also one of their most straightforward clips, a performance piece that takes a mid-track break for a little bit of slowmo Hacky Sack. Mostly, though, ‘Say It Ain’t So’ features the band hard at work.
‘Undone – The Sweater Song’
The group’s first video, like the great ‘Buddy Holly’ clip, was directed by Spike Jonze, who captured the four-minute clip in one unbroken shot. It’s a technical marvel — maybe not on the same level as ‘Buddy Holly,’ but close.