Saturday, February 12, 2011
Weezer Sells Insurance?
Alright, so, I was never a huge Weezer fan. As a teenager, you know, I went through a little bit of that phase. I liked "Buddy Holly" as much as the next pre-emo kid and I'm pretty sure I've got a copy of Pinkerton floating around somewhere, but, you know, I was never really upset as they progressed further and further down the road to pure radio pop rock and YouTube viral blow-outs. Weezer seems to be collecting pop cultural detritus. The "Pork & Beans" video, the Lost referencing Hurley album, and now...their own rendition of the State Farm jingle. If your first reaction is "man, Weezer is really selling out" then congratulations, you're officially both behind the times and too nostalgically delusional about Rivers Cuomo and company to be at all realistic. There's an absurdity level that comes with the State Farm jingle that almost makes this selling out hardcore. They went for it, and the result sort of manages to mock the basic idea of their past 'artistic' relevance while actually making a pretty decent song out of a very silly couple lines we all know.
True Weezer fans: how does this make you feel?