Fact: Weezer's first few albums were undeniably pretty awesome. Fact: Weezer was never one of those bands that was tangibly cool during this time so much as being cool for not worrying about such silly distinctions and letting their music geek hang all out. This is what makes Rivers Cuomo's admittance to Rolling Stone that he basically jacked a Metallica riff when crafting the band's first-ever single some 15 years ago all the more fitting.
“I was trying to write a Velvet Underground-type song because I was super into them, and I came up with that guitar riff. I just picked up that acoustic guitar and the first thing I played was that riff..." Cuomo told RS. "It wasn’t until years after I wrote it that I realized it’s almost a complete rip-off of ‘Sanitarium’ by Metallica. It just perfectly encapsulates Weezer to me — you’re trying to be cool like Velvet Underground but your metal roots just pump through unconsciously.”
No response from Metallica yet, but if we remember correctly, they don't take so kindly to people ripping off their music.
In other Weezer news, the band has joined forces with A.P.E. Radio (apparently a collaboration between Front Line Management and Clear Channel and unfortunately not anything involving actual apes) as one of a short list of artists to have their own 24/7 radio station that can be broadcast online, on the iPhone or the Blackberry. So if you ever wanted Rivers and Co. to narrate your commute to work, there ya go!
We checked it out for a few and the whole idea seemed pretty worthwhile, but the unfortunate coincidence of coming in for a 6-minute playlist that included "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" and "Where Is My Mind" has us feeling just a wee bit paranoid. (Via Rolling Stone & A.P.E. Radio)