Weezer Says Laughs Have Kept Them Together


Weezer is no comedy band, but it can be awfully funny when it wants to be.

Over the years Weezer has had plenty of serious and genuine moments, but there is a prevailing sense of humor in how the band presents itself that has no doubt endeared it to new generations of fans.

It's inarguable that the band's playfulness has served it well commercially. Weezer had a No. 1 hit last summer with a cover of Toto's "Africa" that was in response to months of jokey pestering by a teenage fan on Twitter.

But humor has also helped Weezer stay together after all these years.

"I don't know why it is," drummer Patrick Wilson tells Q104.3's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke. "We just literally stand there and play our songs and somehow there's something more going on. I don't know. I can't explain it."

Weezer rode the success of "Africa" into 2019, releasing its Teal album of covers as a surprise about a month before it's long-awaited Black album became available.

"We have, like, these twin instincts," front man Rivers Cuomo added. "One is to be earnest and express these powerful emotions. And as soon as I start doing that, then Pat has to turn it upside down and vice versa, probably (laughs)."

The music video for Weezer's latest single, "High As A Kite," is a kind of tribute to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood that morphs into a punk rock rampage.

"I think Mister Rogers is beloved," Wilson explains. "And we all are into it, and we mean it; Mister Rogers is dope. But then somehow we just had to mess with it, so I don't know. There's both of those things going on."

Check out the full Out of the Box interview with Weezer in the player above.

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Check out the official music video for "High As A Kite" below:

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