Weezer fans apparently managed to make convincing arguments to their local concert promoters, as the band has already booked dates on its Memories Tour, which will feature two nights of Weezer in each city. On the first night, the band will play their classic self-titled debut (otherwise known as “The Blue Album”) in its entirety, while the second night will feature a run through their cult-classic 1996 follow-up Pinkerton. Of course, both of those albums are particularly brief (they each contain 10 tracks and “Blue” is only 42 minutes long; Pinkerton is an ever more efficient 35 minutes), which means that the band will be filling in the rest of each concert with a set list of hits from other albums (much in the same way Trent Reznor did when he played The Downward Spiral front-to-back during the Nine Inch Nails farewell tour last year).
Considering how much Weezer like to cram into every show on the road, that leaves at least an hour’s worth of music to crank out. But it shouldn’t just be a run through the band’s biggest singles. Rather, they should be songs that are vital to the band’s history. Assuming that the songs from “The Blue Album” and Pinkerton are disqualified on either night, here are the songs we’d like to hear from Weezer to augment these classic jams.
Sure, it’s the current single from the new album, but it also happens to be the title of the tour and a delightful throwback to their early years. In fact, it seems like it would be extra dramatic to open the shows with this and then launch into the old albums (which would give the whole show a sort of time-travel effect).
“(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To”
Another sorta-throwback jam (this one from Weezer’s 2009 release Raditude), it brings together the squirmy teenage angst and unrestrained jubilation that has colored the best songs in the band’s back catalog.
Following the release of Pinkerton and the departure of bassist Matt Sharp, Weezer went underground for a while (which allowed the legend of Pinkerton to grow). When they returned in the spring of 2001, this was the first piece of new Weezer music anybody heard, and it was a refreshing blast of driving power pop that still holds up today.
“You Gave Your Love to Me Softly”
This track, which appeared on the soundtrack to the movie “Angus” and was a reject from the Pinkerton era, would be a fitting addition to the Pinkerton night. It’s got the same level of jittery sweetness and metallic drive that made Pinkerton so weird and wonderful.
“Mykel & Carli”
Not only is it a great tune, but it’s also special in the band’s history: It was written as a tribute to Mykel and Carli Allan, who ran the band’s fan club before they passed away in a car accident.
Following the rule once set by Def Leppard, all songs named “Photograph” completely rule.
There would probably be no Weezer (or no alternative rock at all, really) without the Pixies, and the band’s cover of this Bossanova classic was one of the only bright moments on the dire Pixies tribute album Where Is My Mind? A Tribute to the Pixies.
Because drummer Patrick Wilson is also an excellent songwriter and should get his time in the spotlight (and behind the microphone).
But only if they take Animal on tour with them.