Mrs Villain, along with one of her best friends, recently attended an outdoor gig in a park not too far from Villain Towers. It was headlined by Green Day, with support coming from Fall Out Boy and Weezer. It’s fair to say that she really enjoyed herself, to the extent that she came home with three souvenir t-shirts, one for each band.  (She has since worn the Green Day t-shirt to another outdoor gig – Rufus Wainwright at the Kelvingrove Bandstand; it’s fair to say that my wife has an eclectic taste when it comes to music.)

Unless there’s any guest postings, you’re unlikely to see anything on TVV from the headliners or Fall Out Boy, but I have enjoyed quite bit of Weezer’s output over the years.

I was, nevertheless, very surprised to discover that this was the debut single:-

mp3: Weezer – Undone-The Sweater Song

It’s a highly polished effort and was also accompanied by a Spike Jonze video (reputed to have cost $60,000 all told), which is why I thought it might have been preceded by something a bit more low-key, perhaps on some sort of minor, largely unknown indie label.

But, as history shows, Weezer came into being in February 1992, albeit vocalist and chief songwriter Rivers Cuomo had been playing in bands since his high school days in the mid-late 80s. He had experienced a few false starts along the way and Weezer was more or less his last throw of the dice – he told his bandmates he was prepared to give up music and take up the opportunity to study at the University of California, Berkeley.

A demo tape was recorded in November 1992, where it was quickly picked up by the A&R folk at Geffen Records, with the band signing a deal in June 1993.  The debut album was recorded in August/September 1993, with Ric Ocasek of The Cars brought in as producer, but it wasn’t put on sale until May 1994, and rather unusually, no singles were issued in advance.

The critical response to the album was favourable, which allowed all concerned at Geffen to proceed with phase 2 of the marketing campaign, with the release of the catchiest songs accompanied by memorable and innovative videos.

Undone-The Sweater Song did reach #35 in the UK.  Anyone who was smart enough to buy the 7″ version of the single on blue vinyl could now expect to get in the region of £30 if they wanted to put it up for grabs on the second-hand market.



Yup. The song deals with being on holiday, soaking up the rays of the sun and being in love. Tailor-made for radio in July and August but released by the record company on 22 October 2001 and limped into the UK singles charts at #31 in chilly November.

mp3 : Weezer – Island In The Sun

I just don’t get how the music industry works.

Here’s the various b-sides from the 7″ and 2 x CD singles:-

mp3 : Weezer – Always
mp3 : Weezer – Oh, Lisa
mp3 : Weezer – Sugar Booger
mp3 : Weezer – Brightening Day

I was surprised, in doing a wee bit research for this post, to lean that Weezer have released as many as 13 studio albums, 6 EPS and 28 singles going back to 1994 right through to earlier this year. They’re not a band I have too much of in the collection…..surely they are ripe for an ICA. Any fans out there willing to have a go?




It was with a mixture of sadness and happiness that I read this e-mail the other week:-

Hi Jim,

That will probably be my last ever SWC column – if you read my last ever WYCRA post (note from JC – it has since been deleted!!) you will understand why – I’m off to the jungle for a while. Its a job I volunteered for a while back – they have massive gang problems in Guyana as well as one of the highest homicide rates in the world and they need experienced intelligence workers to help out. So we are off to a UN compound or something in the capital. I have no idea what to expect…

I will have limited access to the internet there, to be honest I’ll be fairly busy as well.
So thanks, I owe you a lot, more than I think you will ever realise. VV was the major inspiration behind my blog, but I admire and respect your dedication to blogging, music and your audience. Thanks for putting up with my weekly diatribe of nonsense – although I have to say I really enjoyed writing them. I emptied the box the other day. The next disc I pulled out was ‘Cha Cha Cha’ by EMF followed by ‘Buddy Holly’ by Weezer. I’ve attached a track from the EMF album and the Weezer track. Just for old times sake….I haven’t written anything about them though. The EMF album was unexpectedly outstanding.

There were a few crackers left in that box you know  – dEUS, The Lemonheads, Scheer, Lambchop and James to name but a few. Weirdly there was a copy of ‘Ok Computer’ in there, considering I have never owned a copy and nor has my sister, I have no idea who it belongs to…

Anyway…Keep on blogging, its outstanding, but I think you know that…

One day I’ll buy you a pint my friend.



I was sad as I always looked forward to S-WC’s e-mails…..I sort of pride myself on having the blog open to anyone who wants to contribute – although in the end, that was the downfall of the old blog as many of the contributions led to DMCA notices which triggered off Google’s automatic tearing down of TVV – but S-WC was the first to offer to write a weekly column even after taking the plunge and starting his own blog.

I really do wish him well in Guyana…I know from experience that moving overseas to work for a spell can be one of the best things to happen in anyone’s life…and I’m sure he will thrive in that environment.

The comment about the pint brought a wee lump to my throat. Y’see, a few months back, it really did look as if S-WC was going to be in Glasgow on business and we made provisional arrangements to meet up. As you may have gathered from the recent Friends Electric series, I’ve been lucky enough to have met a good number of the bloggers I most admire and I know that meeting S-WC in the flesh would not have been a letdown. Sadly, at the last minute, he was told he wasn’t needed in my neck of the woods and we agreed that we’d merely postpone that pint (albeit I would need to break the news to him when we hit the pub that I’m strictly a wine and spirits connoisseur!!)

But as he said…and I’m holding him to it… day.

Here’s the last songs S-WC is contributing for now

mp3 : EMF – Perfect Day
mp3 : Weezer – Buddy Holly

He also put this in the zip file….and it made me laugh,

mp3 : Jungle – Busy Earnin’

Safe trip my friend. And don’t be a stranger on those few occasions that you do get internet access