Office Demos

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The Office Demos are a group of acoustic demos recorded in 2003 in a rented office space. From 2003 to 2008, the only Office Demos that had been heard were the songs "Everybody Wants a Chance to Feel All Alone" and "Private Message". Since then, several more demos have been released (presumably because of Karl) through iTunes and as bonus tracks on albums.

Overview

In June of 2003, after the S.I.R. Demos, Weezer began to rent office space in Los Angeles where they would rehearse with acoustic guitars and record demos directly into Rivers Cuomo's laptop. The office was a standard business office in an industrial park and not designed for band rehearsals. The four members of Weezer would play sitting on chairs and couches around a coffee table facing each other. In addition to acoustic guitars played by Rivers, Brian or Pat, and acoustic bass played by Scott, other instruments used on the demos were Pat's Stratocaster and a Nord synthesizer.

The sessions at the office carried through to November 4th. During this time, there was strong talk of all members of the band contributing songs. Brian and Pat put forth several tunes, including a several demos Pat made by himself at home, and then presented to the band at rehearsal.

Beginning on November 5th, the band returned to full-band, electric recordings that led directly into the first round of Make Believe Sessions.

Four of these acoustic recordings have been commercially released: "I Can Love", "It's Easy" (both were iTunes bonus tracks on The Red Album), "The Story Of My Life" (iTunes bonus track on Raditude), and "The Rat Race" (on the charity compilation The Right Track: Tunes To Target Cancer).

The Office Demos coincided with the Karl's Corner freeze of '03. Karl stopped updating on February 27, 2003 and by the time the band started to rehearse again in the middle of the year, Karl slowly began posting crude hand-drawn pictures of the band before posting proper photographs later on.

Office Recordings

11/01/02 SIR acoustic rehearsal

Although not actually recorded in the band's office, this acoustic rehearsal is often seen as the first Office Demo session because it marks some of the earliest known recordings of these songs in a live, acoustic setting.

  1. 387 Yahoo
  2. 360 Private Message
  3. 396 Cold Glass of Water
  4. 390 Peace
  5. 398 Emotions Let You Down
  6. 353 Flown Away
  7. 397 Everybody Wants a Chance to Feel All Alone
  8. 368 Kings of Money (aka Prodigy Lover)
  9. 395 Leave Me Alone

11/02/02 SIR acoustic rehearsal

  1. 387 Yahoo
  2. 360 Private Message
  3. 396 Cold Glass of Water
  4. 390 Peace
  5. 398 Emotions Let You Down
  6. 353 Flown Away
  7. 397 Everybody Wants A Chance To Feel All Alone
  8. 368 Kings of Money (a.k.a. Prodigy Lover)
  9. 395 Leave Me Alone

11/03/02 Show: Acoustic set at The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles

These songs are also not office demos, but were done in same fashion as the office demos. This is a live show.

  1. 387 Yahoo
  2. 360 Private message
  3. 396 Cold glass of water
  4. 390 Peace
  5. 353 flown away
  6. 397 Everybody Wants A Chance To Feel All Alone
  7. 368 kings of money (a.k.a. prodigy lover)
  8. 395 leave me alone

08/03/03 Acoustic session at Rod Cervera's Studio (part 1)

These songs are also not office demos, but were done in same fashion as the office demos.

  1. ??? "Save the Day"
  2. 524 "I Was Scared"
  3. 506 "Blowin' My Stack"
  4. "You Should Have Thought Of That" (Brian)
  5. 516 "Pardon Me" (Rivers song, not the Wilson SG song)
  6. "Reason to Worry" (Pat)
  7. ??? "Drama Queen"
  8. "Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday" (Pat)
  9. "Pretty Mama" (Brian)
  10. 514 "Let Go of Me"
  11. 443 "The Formula" (click version)
  12. 526 "Et Tu Brute"
  13. "What Goes On" (Pat)
  14. 528 "We Are All On Drugs"
  15. ??? "Dead Man's Float"

08/03/03 Acoustic session at Rod Cervera's Studio (part 2)

  1. 518 "My Life Is My Life"
  2. 520 "You're My Best Friend"
  3. "Ugly Days" (Brian)
  4. ??? "Mr. Mastermind"
  5. 532 "Clearer Eyes"
  6. ??? "It's Only Love"
  7. "Wasted" (Pat)
  8. "The Way You Used To" (Brian)
  9. "Can't Stop Lovin' You" (Pat)
  10. "Give It Up" (Brian)
  11. "Too Bad I'm On My Own" (Brian)
  12. "The Message" (Brian)
  13. "Lost in the Translation" (Brian)
  14. "It's So Easy" (Brian)
  15. ??? "Bus Stop"
  16. "The Rat Race" (Brian)
  17. 443 "The Formula" (no click version)

09/07/03 Acoustic Office demos

  1.  ??? I Can Love
  2.  ??? Let's Get Married
  3.  ??? Stand By My Side
  4.  ??? Save Me
  5.  ??? Why Oh Why
  6.  ??? The Story
  7. In The First Place (Brian)
  8.  ??? Perfect Body
  9.  ??? Looking For A Fight
  10. Pure Sap (Pat)
  11. Give It Up (Brian)
  12. Attention Deficit Disorder

10/04/03 acoustic Office demos

  1. My Haircut Needs A Change (Brian)

10/05/03 acoustic Office demos

  1.  ??? You're My Best Friend (verses 4 & 5)
  2.  ??? You're My Best Friend (verses 7 & 6)
  3.  ??? Memories
  4.  ??? Hold On
  5.  ??? Mama's Song
  6.  ??? Story Of My Life
  7.  ??? I'm Afraid (Lost Bread Crumbs) (double chorus outro)
  8.  ??? I Was Scared
  9. We Belong In Each Other's Arms (Brian)
  10. You've Been Taken (Pat) (partially FKA 'Went Down Swinging')
  11.  ??? Talk About Your Feelings (Pat)

10/07/03 Acoustic Office demos

  1.  ??? You're My Best Friend (verses 4 & 5)
  2.  ??? Hold On To My Loving
  3.  ??? I'm Afraid (Lost Bread Crumbs)
  4. We Belong In Each Other's Arms (Brian)
  5.  ??? Let's Get Married (new)
  6.  ??? Let's Get Married (old)
  7.  ??? Memories
  8.  ??? I Can Love
  9. Patterns Of Love (Brian)

11/04/03 Acoustic Office demos

  1.  ??? Blowin' My Stack (rejected take)
  2. (chatter re: Blowin' My Stack)
  3.  ??? Blowin' My Stack (rejected take)
  4.  ??? Blowin' My Stack (best take)
  5.  ??? My Life Is My Life
  6.  ??? Pardon Me (rejected take)
  7.  ??? Pardon Me (best take)
  8.  ??? Leave Me Alone
  9.  ??? Mama's Song
  10. --- (error)
  11.  ??? Kings Of Money (FKA Prodigy Lover) (incomplete)
  12.  ??? Kings Of Money (FKA Prodigy Lover) (rejected take)
  13.  ??? Kings Of Money (FKA Prodigy Lover) (rejected take)
  14.  ??? Kings Of Money (FKA Prodigy Lover)

11/08/03 Acoustic Demos at the Band's Office

Recorded direct to Marantz cd burner recorder, with Todd Sullivan.

  1.  ??? I Want To Be Free
  2.  ??? I Want To Be Free
  3.  ??? I Want To Be Free (selected as best take)
  4.  ??? Grey Man (selected as best take)
  5.  ??? Grey Man
  6.  ??? Grey Man
  7.  ??? Give Me The Sword (selected as best take)
  8.  ??? Give Me The Sword
  9.  ??? Give Me The Sword
  10.  ??? Give Me The Sword
  11.  ??? I Don't Know
  12.  ??? I Don't Know
  13.  ??? I Don't Know
  14.  ??? I Don't Know (selected as best take)
  15.  ??? The Other Way (Way 1)
  16.  ??? The Other Way (Way 1)
  17.  ??? The Other Way (Way 1)
  18.  ??? The Other Way (Way 1) (selected as best take)
  19.  ??? The Other Way (Way 2)
  20.  ??? The Other Way (Way 2) (selected as best take)
  21. Mow The Lawn (Brian Bell)
  22. Mow The Lawn (Brian Bell)
  23. Mow The Lawn (Brian Bell)
  24. Mow The Lawn (Brian Bell) (selected as best take)
  25. Sweet On You (Brian Bell)
  26. Sweet On You (Brian Bell)
  27. Sweet On You (Brian Bell)
  28. Sweet On You (Brian Bell)(selected as best take)

Released Demos

Album releases

Demos Released

Unofficially Released

See also