Beverly Hills

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"Beverly Hills"
Beverly Hills cover
Single by Weezer
Album Make Believe
Released March 29, 2005
Format CD, 7" Picture disc
Recorded Summer 2004
Length 3:16
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 669
Producer Rick Rubin
Status Officially released
Live debut April 26, 2005
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Professional reviews
Weezer singles chronology
"Keep Fishin'"
(2002)
"Beverly Hills"
(2005)
"We Are All on Drugs"
(2005)
Make Believe track listing
"Beverly Hills"
(1)
"Perfect Situation"
(2)

"Beverly Hills" is the first track and lead single from Make Believe.

Appearances

Overview

"Beverly Hills" is arguably the most successful song Weezer has ever released. It was nominated for a Grammy, and was also Weezer's first single to reach number one on an American chart. It is often known by more "die-hard" fans as the "boom-boom-chop" song because of its repetitive bass and snare drum rhythm. "Beverly Hills" is commonly abbreviated by fans as BvH (to avoid confusion with BH). The song has a talk box solo making it the only appearance of a talk box in the Weezer catalogue. In the song, Rivers wishes for being able to live in Beverly Hills amongst movie stars and celebrities, but ultimately decides that he simply wouldn't fit in.

Band Commentary

Rivers: I was at the opening of the new Hollywood Bowl and I flipped through the program and I saw a picture of Wilson Phillips. And for some reason I just thought how nice it would be to marry, like, an “established” celebrity and live in Beverly Hills and be part of that world. And it was a totally sincere desire. And then I wrote that song, Beverly Hills. For some reason, by the time it came out—and the video came out—it got twisted around into something that seemed sarcastic. But originally it wasn’t meant to be sarcastic at all.

Pat: I think that’s - that happens a lot with Weezer songs. People think we’re being funny, and then somehow it changes into something [else]. And I’d also like to say that Rick said, ‘why don’t you have a boom-boom-chop song?’ And that’s how it turned into that.

Scott: For me, two things I want to say about it. One is that I kept trying to think that it was supposed to be like a swing beat, with kind of a lot of upbeats, and a lot of jingly kind of thing, but as much as I kept trying to make that happen, it just never worked and it wound up being totally, totally straighter than straight, which I think wound up being the best thing for the song, all said and done. And then the next thing was, is that, when I heard all of the different mixes—cuz we had like four different people mix it—it just, it sounded good and I kind of dug one version of it, but when I heard the mix that Rich Costey did, somehow he put the kind of magic on that song that I was kind of expecting to get out of it.

Brian: When I first heard the song, it was a Rivers demo of it, and I think I called him and said, ‘Congratulations, you wrote a hit song.’ It had a hit immediately, regardless of—even more from its original version than from something else. To me, it was like - whatever “hit song” means - that’s what it evoked [for] me. I thought it would be a great - there was a reality haircutting show called “blow out” or “blow up” or something like that, about this salon in Beverly Hills, and I was trying to sell Rivers on letting that be that show’s theme song. But luckily we never did that.

Success

The song was the band's most commercially successful single until Pork and Beans was released, best remembered for its I-IV-V harmony, use of hand claps, simple lyrics that spoke of alienation and a distinctive talk box solo that Cuomo plays an extended version of when the band plays the song live. The song topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for a week, spending months near the top of the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at #10) and being certified gold on June 6, 2005. As of January 2006 the digital single has been purchased over 962,000 times on iTunes. It also did very well on other Billboard charts, such as Adult Top 40 (#8 peak), Hot Digital Songs (#1 peak) and Mainstream Rock Tracks (#26).

The song also made the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #9 and remaining on the chart for five more weeks.

The song was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first ever nomination for the band. The video for the song was nominated at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rock Video. The song won College Song Of The Year at the 54th Annual BMI Pop Awards.

"Beverly Hills" stayed at #1 on the Modern Rock charts for 1 week. It was the first #1 for Weezer, but this record was later met with "Perfect Situation," the Make Believe's third single, which held the pole position for 4 weeks.

The song was the top-selling digital download of 2005 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Rivers Cuomo stated that "Beverly Hills" along with the solo, third verse, and last chorus of "Falling for You," are his proudest musical achievements: "Its incredibly fun: a great beat, guitar riffs, catchy vocal style. Besides that, I think the lyrics are incredible in a very understated way. I might as well enjoy my life and watch the stars play. I love it! With this one song we were able to transcend our little niche and connect with all kinds of people, young and old, from all kinds of backgrounds."


Live Performance

When the song is performed live, the talkbox solo is extended in a stop/start fashion.

Video/Audio

The music video was directed by Marcos Siega and filmed at the Playboy Mansion (not actually located in Beverly Hills, but nearby Holmby Hills) with several Weezer fans, who were all informed of the event on Weezer's official website prior to the shooting.

Cell-phone clip

During the filming of the music video, the song and the upcoming album were still very tightly under wraps and nobody had heard any material from the album. Despite all recording devices being checked at the entrance point of the shoot, a fan managed to get his cell phone in and record a clip from the song that he set as his Voicemail greeting. On the official weezer.com forums he posted that he had the clip, but did not know how to get it on the internet. Many fans did not believe him, so "enderw" called the supposed recorder's phone and got to his voicemail, proving the existence of the clip. "Enderw" then recorded the voicemail greeting with his computer microphone and posted it on the internet. The cell phone clip was quickly downloaded over and over by eager fans, as it represented the first new material heard from the band in two years.

Audio

Inclusions and variations

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  • A remix of the song called "Beverly Hills (Urbanix Mix)" appears on the "We Are All on Drugs" single.
  • Another remix dubbed the 'Ultimix' was posted at albumsix.com in December 2008 by user BringHomeTheTurkey, after discovering it at a PTP network. It appears to be an unreleased DJ remix, but is in fact little more than an extended re-edit, with some additional programmed percussion throughout.
  • The song is also featured on Now That's What I Call Music! 20 and Kidz Bop, Vol. 9.
  • The song also has been used on Malcolm in the Middle.
  • The song's chorus is featured in the track "Polkarama!" from "Weird Al" Yankovic's album Straight Outta Lynwood. This, after Rivers withheld the rights to Buddy Holly when Yankovic wanted to include it in a polka circa 1995.
  • The song was also used in an episode of Cold Case called "Knuckle Up"
  • The band Bob Ricci made a parody of this song, based on the show Beverly Hills, 90210
  • The song is featured in the second Bring It On sequel, All Or Nothing.

Track listing

UK Retail 7" (Picture Disc)

  1. "Beverly Hills"
  2. "Butterfly" (Live)

UK Retail CD

  1. "Beverly Hills"
  2. "Island in the Sun" (Live)
  3. "Butterfly" (Live)
  4. "Beverly Hills" (CD-ROM Track)

"Island in the Sun" and "Butterfly" were recorded on July 12, 2002 in Detroit, MI.

Personnel

Lyrics

Where I come from isn't all that great
My automobile is a piece of crap
My fashion sense is a little whack
And my friends are just as screwy as me
I didn't go to boarding schools
Preppy girls never looked at me
Why should they?
I ain't nobody
Got nothing in my pocket

Beverly Hills
That's where I want to be
Livin' in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills
Rolling like a celebrity
Livin' in Beverly Hills

Look at all those movie stars
They're all so beautiful and clean
When the housemaids scrub the floors
They get the spaces in between
I wanna live a life like that
I wanna be just like a king
Take my picture by the pool
'cause I'm the next big thing

The truth is I don't stand a chance
It's something that you're born into
And I just don't belong

No I don't
I'm just a no-class beat down fool
And I will always be that way
I might as well enjoy my life
And watch the stars play

See also

External links

Teenage Victory Songs entry for "Beverly Hills"