Beginning of the End

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"Beginning of the End"
Beginning of the End cover
by Weezer
Album Van Weezer
Released May 7, 2021
Recorded 2020
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Billy Joel
Producer Suzy Shinn
Status Released
Van Weezer track listing
"I Need Some of That"
(4)
"Beginning of the End"
(5)
"Blue Dream"
(6)
Promotional cover art
Promotional cover art
"Beginning of the End (Wyld Stallyns Edit)"
Beginning of the End (Wyld Stallyns Edit) cover
by Weezer
Album Bill & Ted Face the Music Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released August 14, 2020
Recorded 2020
Length 3:27
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Billy Joel
Status Released
Weezer singles chronology
"Hero"
(2020)
"Beginning of the End (Wyld Stallyns Edit)"
(2020)
"All My Favorite Songs"
(2021)
This song is part of the "Beginning of the End" lineage of songs

"Beginning of the End" is the fifth track from Van Weezer.

Appearances

Overview

"Beginning of the End" is a re-working of the song "Rock and Roll Cockroach". The bridge is a modified version of the chorus for the song "Volunteers".

The song was originally revealed to be a track for Van Weezer in a leaked review of the album from an issue of the publication Guitar Player released in June of 2020. In early August, Rivers Cuomo made a post to the chatroom Riverchat "Video tomorrow" along with the lyric "Nostradamus predicted a bomb would drop and all the guitars would be hung in an old pawn shop" [1], suggesting that the band was in the process of recording a new music video. When asked about it, Cuomo implied that the video would be for "Beginning of the End" [2]. On August 12, Weezer's official Twitter account tweeted [3] "Time to be Excellent, dudes" with an accompanying video of Cuomo performing a heavy metal guitar riff in his home. The following day, Weezer fans in later time zones (such as New Zealand) confirmed that the song was appearing on music streaming platforms in their territories as part of the Bill & Ted Face the Music Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, in the form of "Beginning of the End (Wyld Stallyns Edit)". The music video was released alongside the song on August 14.

Musician Billy Joel is a credited writer on "Beginning of the End". When asked about it on Riverchat, Cuomo clarified: "Just a clearance thing. Very common in recent years. I don't think Billy Joel's written a song since the 90's."[4] The film credits for Bill & Ted Face the Music contain a different edit of the track and note that the song "Contains an interpolation of "The Longest Time" (B. Joel)"

Jonathan Leahy, the music supervisor for Bill & Ted Face the Music, spoke about the process of selecting the song in an interview with Stereogum:

When Leahy reached out to Weezer’s management, he learned that Rivers Cuomo was a fan of Bill & Ted. Conveniently, the band had a trove of unreleased material for Leahy to consider. When Leahy heard “Beginning Of The End” (recorded for the forthcoming Van Weezer), he was struck by one lyric: “Watch us brush off the dust/ In heavy metal we trust.”

“When I heard that line, I was like, ‘OK, I think this might be the song,'” Leahy says. “Then 30 seconds later, when it goes into the guitar solo and it’s just epic, two-handed tapping, I was like, ‘OK, this is definitely the song.'”

The song was added to the BMI/ASCAP repertoire in April 2021, wherein it lists a writing credit for British composer Patrick David Wilson.[1]

Personnel

Video/Audio

Van Weezer

Wyld Stallyns Edit

The music video for "Beginning of the End" was directed by Brendan Walter with cinematography by Eric Bader, and produced by Carling French. It was released alongside the song on August 14, 2020.

Lyrics

Van Weezer

Knockin' on my door, they tell me it's time to go on
Last check in the mirror to see if anything's wrong
The writing's up on the wall
A warning shot to them all
It looks like this volcano is gonna blow

My head is spinning
It's the beginning of the end
The people freak out when I walk out there, so scared

Nostradamus predicted a bomb would drop
And all the guitars would be hung in an old pawn shop
Watch us brush off the dust
In heavy metal we trust
Then kick back and read the Sunday Times

My head is spinning
It's the beginning of the end
The people freak out when I walk out there, so scared

Fifteen-hundred-thousand years
Wouldn't be enough to dry these tears
I'll still be here hanging on
And on and on
Things will never be the same
Save the pieces of your brain
Scrounging and scavenging down in the dirt
Better enjoy what you got

My head is spinning
It's the beginning of the end
The people freak out when I walk out there, so scared

Wyld Stallyns Edit

Knockin' on my door, they tell me it's time to go on
Last check in the mirror to see if anything's wrong
The writing's up on the wall
A warning shot to them all

My head is spinning
It's the beginning of the end
The people freak out when I walk out there, so scared

Nostradamus predicted a bomb would drop
And all the guitars would be hung in an old pawn shop
Watch us brush off the dust
In heavy metal we trust
Then kick back and read the Sunday Times

My head is spinning
It's the beginning of the end
The people freak out when I walk out there, so scared

Fifteen-hundred-thousand years
Wouldn't be enough to dry these tears
I'll still be here hanging on
And on and on
Things will never be the same
Save the pieces of your brain

My head is spinning
It's the beginning of the end
The people freak out when I walk out there, so scared

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References