Snap Judgment: Weezer's delectable 'Pork and Beans'

The blogosphere collectively freaked out when a 30-second clip of Weezer’s "Pork and Beans" hit the Web earlier this week. Could we trust the tantalizing snippet? I mean, sure, it sounded pretty sweet, but that only made the cognitive dissonance worse for the many longtime fans who felt burned by Weezer’s last few efforts. I’m the rare critic who really digs both The Green Album and (most of) Maladroit, and even I was sorta hesitant to get too excited about this. But here’s some good news: The full song is streaming on their official site as of this morning, and it is actually even better than that little preview implied. Cue the wildly uncurbed enthusiasm!

That chunka-chunka guitar hook is pure =w= gold, so much so that I didn’t focus on Rivers Cuomo’s very clever lyrics at first. Our historically self-loathing narrator is singing about trying Rogaine, hitting the gym, collaborating with Timbaland — sure sounds like "Rivers is so focused on giving himself a makeover," as Stereogum suggested. But I think there’s a sarcastic edge in there that’s not necessarily directed at himself, but at his fickle fanbase. When Rivers quips, "you’d hate for the kids to think that you’ve lost your cool," he’s looking straight at us! Color me ashamed for ever doubting him.

So how about it? Am I the only one who thinks notions of Rivers’ cool-losing may just be dispelled for good if the rest of Weezer’s new album (due in June) is this good?


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  • Adam S

    I am *totally* with you. Weez fan since 1994, I loved Blue and Pinkerton, and even really like Green and Maladroit, but the last album makes me throw up in my mouth a little.
    On first listen, Pork and Beans sounds a lot like old Weezer. Its kinda exciting.

  • wesca

    hee hee hee
    so excited. Can’t wait.

  • Sandy

    I’m a long time Weezer fan, and think the song sounds great. I am very excited for June.

  • Rose Tyler

    Well, I’m cautious to think that Weezer might be good again. Truth be told ever since Matt left I lost faith. My friend Danny always says, “Weezer was an awesome band. Too bad they broke up and someone else stole their name. The new Weezer sucks.” Of course he’s joking but he’s mostly right too. Now a new Rentals album I’m totally down with.

  • Stef

    I think this song is great! I kinda stopped being a huge fan around Maladroit (though Green Album didn’t completely knock my socks off either) but I have to admit that “Perfect Situation” is one of my all-time favorite Weezer songs. I’m ready to hear more from this album.

  • Kevin

    Don’t know what’s up with all the hate for Make Believe…I thought it was better than both the Green Album and Maladroit. That said, I think Beverly Hills was the worst Weezer single to date…that was until I heard Pork and Beans. I don’t like it at all…Beverly Hills was at least catchy, this one’s got nothing going for it except for clever lyrics (which is the exact reason I didn’t like Beverly Hills).

  • paige

    snore. wake me up when they do a proper sequel to Pinkerton

  • Los

    Upon first listen, I think the song is already better than most of Make Believe. Look, I’m one of the many people who wishes Weezer would sound as good as they did during Blue Album or Pinkerton, but Weezer are at a point in their lives when they can’t continue to be writing about surfing and being lovestruck by lesbian friends and making it have the same conviction it did more than a decade ago. They’re older now, they had a tremendous career with a few great albums under their belts (yes, including Green Album and Maladroit). Just let em do what the hell they want and stop your whining about the heydays of Pinkerton. If the new song’s lyrics should teach Weezer fans anything, it’s how quickly some Weezer fans are quick to turn their backs towards them.

  • Anjeliki

    OK, so I don’t pay a ton of attention to Weezer, but are you really telling me that this song just leaked this week, and was not supposed to be played on the radio when I heard it in its entirety last week? If I’d known it was a no-no, I’d have appreciated it that much more. As it was, I barely listened.

  • Cramp

    What can i say? Los nailed it.

  • steve

    i think the new single is really crunchy. Blue/Pinkerton are really good classic albums made by a raw youthful talented songwriter, that’s why they are special. That being said, Green, Maladroit, the host of unreleased material that regular http://www.weezer.com fans know (they’ve made available at least 70-80 songs they’ve demo’d since 99′ on that site, and to some extent make believe showcase that rivers is a PROFESSIONAL SONGWRITER. If you can appreciate him for that, rather than being upset that he isn’t an expressive artist always, you’ll enjoy Weezer.

  • William

    I’d have to agree that the Blue Album and Pinkerton were their two best, but I really did like Maladroit. (Green was o.k.). Make Believe I did not like. (Perfect Situation was good though). BUT! Pork and Beans sounds like good old fashion =w=eezer to me. I grew up on Weezer, but had to find other music to adore for a few years, but Weezer seems to be coming back. (If one song is enough to tell by.) . . . =w=

  • Neil E.

    I really dig this song. I have been this excited by a Weezer song since Hash Pipe. I am hoping that Rivers’ writing overpowers Rick Rubin’s producing.

  • Anonymous

    pork & beans is the worst weezer song since el scorcho. the one heavy guitar and drum beat is the only good part of the song. the lyrics aren’t really that witty and are just kinda lame compared with some of river’s previous ironic, self-doubting lyrics. this is really pathetic.
    on the up side, i think by this song sucking so bad it means the other tracks on the album should be at least okay.

  • Anonymous

    to the music-critic-wannabe just above, i think the song chorus answers for itself: they’re gonna do the things that they wanna do, they ain’t got a thing to prove to you… they don’t give a hoot about what you think.

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