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#ThrowbackThursday: “Beverly Hills” by Weezer

Weezer’s 2005 song “Beverly Hills” reached the #10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

by Sean Smith

Alternative rock band Weezer is preparing to release their ninth studio album next month. The album is titled Everything Will Be Alright in the End and will released on October 7th. Weezer released the lead single “Back to the Shack” in late July and this past week released the second single from the new album called “Cleopatra.” Based on the sound of these two new singles, if you are a fan of Weezer’s early work you have to be looking forward to hearing the entirety of the new album. And while you still have a few weeks to wait before you can get your hands on Everything Will Be Alright in the End, you can pre-order it on PledgeMusic here.

Weezer first burst onto the music scene in 1994 with their self-titled debut album, which most fans better know as The Blue Album. That album featured two major hits for the band. The first was their breakthrough song “Undone — The Sweater Song” and the other being “Buddy Holly”. In the years since their breakthrough in 1994, Weezer has provided their fans with a number of other radio hits as well. In 2001 they put out “Hash Pipe” and “Island in the Sun”, both of which fell just shy of making it on to the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but were hits for the band on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. But with Weezer set to release their new album next month, today I want to remember their best performing song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart to date, “Beverly Hills”.

“Beverly Hills” was the first single released by the band in support of their 2005 album Make Believe. The single would go on to become, and is today, the highest charting single that Weezer has had on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song peaked at the #10 spot on that chart, but also claimed the number one spot on the Hot Modern Rocks chart. It’s also noteworthy to point out that “Beverly Hills” was produced by non other than the legendary producer and co-founder of Def Jam, Rick Rubin. The song was written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and despite the fact that many listeners take the song to be a tongue-in-cheek satirical look at life in Hollywood it is actually quite the opposite. Cuomo recalled the intent behind the song by saying this on Weezer.com:

“I was at the opening of the new Hollywood Bowl and I flipped through the program and I saw a picture of Wilson Phillips. And for some reason I just thought how nice it would be to marry, like, an “established” celebrity and live in Beverly Hills and be part of that world. And it was a totally sincere desire. And then I wrote that song, Beverly Hills. For some reason, by the time it came out—and the video came out—it got twisted around into something that seemed sarcastic. But originally it wasn’t meant to be sarcastic at all.”

So in anticipation of Weezer dropping their new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End on October 7th, this week we remember their 2005 single “Beverly Hills”. Enjoy!

Weezer 

“Beverly Hills”

From Make Believe 

DGC/Geffen/Interscope Records

Weezer 

“Back To The Shack” 

From Everything Will Be Alright In The End 

Republic Records

 

Weezer 

“Cleopatra” 

From Everything Will Be Alright In The End 

Republic Records

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“Island In The Sun” 

From Weezer (The Green Album)

Geffen Records

Weezer 
“Hash Pipe” 

From Weezer (The Green Album)

Geffen Records