What does it say about Rivers Cuomo and company that the best song they’ve recorded in a decade is a cover of the “State Farm is There” song for a commercial? It’s an honest question that I don’t have an answer for. One the one hand, Weezer makes the State Farm theme sound pretty awesome and in a crass manner, I’m pumped to go out and buy some insurance (not really, obviously). On the other hand, Weezer schilling for State Farm is a new low, right?
In one fell swoop, Cuomo has done the impossible — he’s further ruined my love for The Blue Album and Pinkerton, more so than he has with any of the shitty albums he’s released since Maladroit.
And yet, because this is the best work he’s done in a decade, my mind immediately says, well shit, I can live with him selling out this badly if it means he’ll release some decent fucking material. No other artist has sullied his reputation more than Rivers Cuomo. If he stopped recording after Pinkerton he’s esteemed in the same breath as Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel. He’s a legend.
However you feel about Kurt Cobain’s death, at least he had the good fortune to never suck so horrendously and so crassly. Thank you Rivers Cuomo for dropping a hot charlie all over my childhood. I’m not even angry, I’m just impressed.