Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Don’t try this at home, Weezer fans

Artists are always looking for inspiration when it comes to writing songs. Here’s something that Rivers Cuomo of Weezer did that probably shouldn’t be tried by anyone else.

In 2001, Rivers was working on material for future recording sessions when—so the story goes—he took a bunch of Ritalin chased down with three shots of tequila. That had him pacing around and around with all sorts of thoughts going through his end. After a while, he sat down and wrote two songs. The first was “Hash Pipe,” a song he says is about a transsexual prostitute. That became a big single from the “green” album. The second was “Dope Nose,” which ended up as a single on the Maladroit album about a year later.

The exercise was successful, but the methods were a little dodgy, don’t you think?

Alan Cross

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