Weezer’s Pork & Beans: Meme-riding and not just for the lulz…

Hot on the heels of the Hitler + Internet memes video comes Weezer with their latest single, Pork & Beans. After watching the video above, you’d understand why this taps into our very geek subculture and is currently spreading like a super-meme all over twitter.

Their music video features catchy, somewhat commercial, music in the grungy Weezer vibe. Overlaying the music are well-crafted video spoofs of popular Internet memes. This technique of meme riding has seemed to be the tried and true way of getting attention of netizens, thus propelling word of mouth, turning it viral.

But doesn’t anti-commercialism sell (thus being commercial)?
It does. (thanks @carvedhearts)

But it’s also a russian doll situation. Weezer was told to be more commercial, so they wrote this. In a zen-like fashion, it works for both sides.

As seen from Wikipedia:

This single was written by Cuomo as a reaction to a meeting with Geffen where the band was told it needed to record more-commercial material. Cuomo remarked, “I came out of it pretty angry. But ironically, it inspired me to write another song.” (Rolling Stone, Issue #1050).

Take at the lyrics after the jump to see what I mean… it’s quite stupid actually, but hey, that’s them pulling a fast one on all of us (sneaky bastards!)…


Lyrics for Weezer’s “Pork & Beans” (2008)

They say i need some rogaine to put in my hair
Work it out at the gym to fit my underwear
Okaley makes the shades to transform a tool
You’d hate for the kids to think that you’ve lost your cool

Imma do the things that i wanna do
I ain’t got a thing to prove to you
I’ll eat my candy with the pork and beans
Excuse my manners if i make a scene
I ain’t gonna wear the clothes that you like
I’m fine and dandy with the me inside
One look in the mirror and i’m tickled pink
I don’t give a hoot about what you think

everyone likes to dance to a happy song
with a catchy chorus and beat so they can sing along
timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the charts
maybe if i work with him i can perfect the art

Imma do the things that i wanna do
I ain’t got a thing to prove to you
I’ll eat my candy with the pork and beans
Excuse my manners if i make a scene
I ain’t gonna wear the clothes that you like
I’m fine and dandy with the me inside
one look in the mirror and i’m tickled pink
I don’t give a hoot about what you think

no, i don’t care
i don’t care
i don’t care
i don’t care
i don’t care
i don’t care

Imma do the things that i wanna do
I ain’t got a thing to prove to you
I’ll eat my candy with the pork and beans
Excuse my manners if i make a scene
I ain’t gonna wear the clothes that you like
I’m fine and dandy with the me inside
one look in the mirror and i’m tickled pink
I don’t give a hoot about what you think

2 thoughts on “Weezer’s Pork & Beans: Meme-riding and not just for the lulz…

  1. I’m surprised – are they still around? (Obviously) I always thought Weezer was commercial enough – they have the tunes. Maybe just not the image. Anyway anti-commercialism does sell. Just look at Nirvana.

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