Weezer Covers Radiohead: Paranoid Android
How did Weezer do covering Radiohead's Ok Computer classic Paranoid Android? Honestly...pretty well. Does Rivers project that strange sort of haunting sensation that York's voice somehow transmits when he sings? Of course not. But that's ok, no one expects Rivers to do that. He's just too damn adorable.
As far as anyone who isn't Radiohead could play radiohead, these guys did a solid job. They didn't add anything, they didn't offer a unique interpretation, but they did the song justice in its own right -- not an easy task with such a complicated and interesting track.
I hate to say it, but but that depress me. This cover just leads to so many questions about what Weezer might have been had they seemed to care a bit more, if they hadn't gotten scared away from the direction Pinkerton seemed to suggest they were going, if they took themselves just a bit more seriously.
I take it back, it really only leads to oen question: where the hell was all this talent hiding?
Don't get me wrong -- I like Weezer. And I don't fault them for deciding to make simple fun pop songs -- they've done a great job and sold a lot of records.
Still, I don't know why Weezer always seemed afraid of their potential, I really don't. And this video makes me wish they weren't.