Rick Astley may have seized YouTube for a day, but Weezer's out to condense the whole damn thing into one music video. From the inbox:
Weezer unveiled the launch of their YouTube channel to coincide with
the premier of the band's new music video 'Pork And Beans' on the
homepage of YouTube. This is the first time a major label band has
featured such a multitude of YouTube celebrities in their video, which
include Tay Zonday (Chocolate Rain), Lauren Caitlin Upton (Junior Miss
South Carolina), Judson Laipply (Evolution of Dance) being three of
more than fifteen YouTube stars making cameos in the video."
As reported a few weeks ago, "Pork and Beans" (and the rest of the Red Album) are no Blue Album,
but the video's fairly entertaining, in the schizophrenic way only a
mash-up of YouTube favorites can be. They even managed to squeeze a "Peanut Butter Jelly Time"
reference in there - that's one of the pioneering viral Internet vids,
in our opinion. And there's no denying the sheer brilliance of a
mustachioed Rivers Cuomo hugging Chris Crocker with tender reassurance,
all "It's okay, Chris, we'll leave Britney alone now." Those Weezer
kids are tugging at our heartstrings, yo.
Here's what Phoenix staffer Will Spitz had to say about it:
Caitlin Upton on why Weezer have been unable to make a good record in
the last ten years and what should be done about it:
'I personally believe that Weezer are unable to do so because, uh, they
don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such
as, uh, Foo Fighters and, uh, the Green Day, everywhere like such as,
and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S.
should help the Rentals, uh, or, uh, should help Rivers Curomo and
should help the Weezer, so they will be able to build up a half-decent
collection of songs, for our children.'"**
** Note: Lauren Caitlin Upston did not actually say this. We totally made it up. But she would've said that, we think.
--Caitlin E. Curran