Weezer has been making music and entertaining the masses for nearly 25 years now, and I’ve been a fan of theirs since the beginning, from the “Blue Album” to Pinkerton to the “Green Album”, and everything since.
Ironically, a whole new generation of fans only know Weezer thanks to the success of their hit cover of the 1982 classic Africa by Toto, which became a thing after a girl begged Weezer to cover the song on Twitter. The rest, as they say, is history..
The band appears to be doubling-down on their covers, releasing a surprise album dubbed The Teal Album which contains “the ultimate covers” of some classic tracks that you will instantly recognize. The album comprises the following tracks:
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears (originally recorded in 1985)
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics (originally recorded in 1983)
“Take on Me” by a-ha (originally recorded in 1985)
“Happy Together” by The Turtles (originally recorded in 1967)
“Paranoid” by Black Sabbath (originally recorded in 1970)
“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra (originally recorded in 1977)
“No Scrubs” by TLC (originally recorded in 1999)
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (originally recorded in 1982)
“Stand by Me” by Ben E. King (originally recorded in 1960)
And naturally, they have included their cover of Toto’s “Africa” on there as well! 🙂
We’ve had the album on constant rotation all morning, and my favorite track has to be “No Scrubs”, which sounds distinctly Weezer-esque yet still familiar. All in all, it’s a fun way to pass the time until The Black Album drops on 3/1.
Give it a listen (you can stream the album on YouTube) and let us know what you think of it!