The Prettiest Girl in The Whole Wide World
Pork and Beans
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Trippin’ Down The Freeway
Run Over By A Truck
The Angel and The One
I really dig “The Red Album” and “Raditude”. I’ve said a few things about those albums here and here so I’m not gonna go off on that tangent again. I will say this: I found myself thinking recently “what would make these albums perfect?” The solution? Combine the two into a classic 10 song Weezer album. I asked myself “what would make me most excited as a long time Weezer fan if I heard these two albums combined?” With this in mind and lots and lots of edits my IPod playlists, this is the tracklist I picked for myself. I love it.
It’s got a bit of both experimental and poppy, two things that I think Weezer does really well. You have to have a balance. Blue was poppy and bright. Pinkerton was experimental and edgy. But you gotta remember that Blue was also experimental (“Only In Dreams” doesn’t sound like anything else that came out in 1994) and Pinkerton was poppy (c’mon, sing along to the chorus of “El Scorcho”). So I blended the epic “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” and the, dare I say it, perfect “The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World” with with the infectious pop of “Pork and Beans” and the classic Weezer huge chorus sound of “Miss Sweeney”.
I love this album.
(Yes. I left an awful lot of WONDERFUL songs off. Do I love those songs? Yes. As a matter a fact, I really love them all. These ten however, really do it for me. This reimagining is TOTALLY up for discussion, as it really just does reflect my personal taste as a Weezer fan.)