Dope Nose

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"Dope Nose"
Dope Nose cover
French promo single art
Single by Weezer
Album Maladroit
Released February 2002
Recorded December 2001-February 2002
Length 2:17
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 484
COR# 177
Producer(s) Weezer, Rod Cervera, Chad Bamford
Status Officially released
Live debut June 16, 2000
Stream Spotify
Apple Music
Weezer singles chronology
"Photograph"
(2001)
"Dope Nose"
(2002)
"Keep Fishin'"
(2002)
The Lion and the Witch track listing
"Dope Nose" (Live)
(1)
"Island in the Sun" (Live)
(2)
Maladroit track listing
"American Gigolo"
(1)
"Dope Nose"
(2)
"Keep Fishin'"
(3)
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"We Don't Have to Torture Ourselves"
(RC# 483)
"Dope Nose"
(RC# 484)
"I Hope You're Happy"
(RC# 485)

"Dope Nose" is the second track and lead single from Maladroit.

Appearances

Overview

"Dope Nose", along with "Hash Pipe" and "Slob", is one of the few Summer Songs of 2000 tracks to be fully recorded and released on an album. The song went through a slight metamorphosis during the Maladroit sessions, as its arrangement tightened up and became a more streamlined power pop tune. Cuomo commented on the songwriting process during a 2002 interview:

CDNOW: What were the circumstances surrounding the composition of the first single, "Dope Nose"?

Rivers: It's not about anything. It's just a bunch of garbage lyrics. [It was] six in the morning. I had three shots of tequila, and I forget how many milligrams of Ritalin, and I just went in my backyard and sat down. In like half an hour I was just like foaming at the mouth, and I just wrote it in one manic burst of about three minutes. Sitting there in the chair, composing in my head. Not even with a guitar. Just all in my mind. Bam. There's "Dope Nose."

Early mixes of the song were delivered to radio prior to the album's release, when Rivers Cuomo took it upon himself to distribute material from the album during its mixing/mastering process. At least two different versions of the promo went out, with different mixes of "Keep Fishin'" and this song. These versions featured backup vocals in different sections, or no backup vocals at all, and its original, fade-in intro - as opposed to the isolated riff that begins the LP version.

"Dope Nose" is one of the songs playable in the PlayStation 2 video game Amplitude, developed by Harmonix. An interview in Electronic Gaming Monthly with the creators of the PlayStation 2 game Guitar Hero (also developed by Harmonix) mentioned the game's early builds were based on "Dope Nose". The song also appears in an episode of the TV series Monk, "Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show" and on the TV series Psych in the episode "Romeo and Juliet and Juliet". The song is a playable track in Guitar Hero: Van Halen.

At a performance at the Constellation Room in April 2024, an alternate second verse was debuted.

Music video

The music video was directed by Marcos Siega, who previously directed the video for "Keep Fishin'" and would later direct the video for "Beverly Hills". Before Weezer's label decided to hire Marcos Siega for the music video, Karl Koch purchased and rented props with the intent to direct his own music video for approximately $1000.[1][2]

Going back to the rock with Marcos, who dug up some wacky motorcycle gangs for a midnight romp thru Griffith Park in L.A. Pat always wanted to play hexagonal syn-drums back in his youth, so now he finally got the chance.


- Karl Koch, Video Capture Device booklet, 2004


Personnel

Lyrics

Oh
Woah-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh

Debt on my head
Wasting time on my own (Oh yeah)
Sleep rescue me
Take me back to my home (Oh, take me home)

For the times that you wanna go and
Bust rhymes real slow
I'll appear, slap you on the face and
Enjoy the show

Oh
Whoa-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh

Cheese smells so good
On a burnt piece of lamb (Piece of what?)
Fag of the year
Who could beat up your man

For the times that you wanna go and
Bust rhymes real slow
I'll appear, slap you on the face and
Enjoy the show

Oh, this dope nose
Whoa-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh

(Take me back, take me home baby)

For the times that you wanna go and
Bust rhymes real slow
I'll appear, slap you on the face and
Enjoy the show

Oh, this dope nose
Whoa-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh

Hey boys and girls
Are you up for a ride
Drink up the jams
Find your soul, lose your mind

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Weezer Dope Nose May 2000[3] Cole Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:57 Leaked online Rehearsal
Weezer Dope Nose July 2000[3] Tour demo, reportedly same as above recording
Weezer Dope Nose September 2000[3] Tour demo
Weezer Dope Nose October 28, 2000[3] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Dope Nose Summer 2000 2:12 Summer Songs 2000 ("album") Likely one of above versions
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2001-12-20_01Dope_Nose_177.mp3 December 20, 2001 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:57 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2002-01-01_03Dope_Nose_177.mp3 January 1, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:13 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2002-01-02_03Dope_Nose_177.mp3 January 2, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:13 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2002-01-04_06Dope_Nose_177.mp3 January 4, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:15 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2002-01-07_04Dope_Nose_177.mp3 January 7, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:15 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2002-01-12_03Dope_Nose_177.mp3 January 12, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:24 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2002-01-16_Dope_Nose.mp3 January 16, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:15 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2002-02-03_Dope_Nose_177.mp3 February 3, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:13 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2002-02-11_Dope_Nose_177.mp3 February 11, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:13 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose WEEZER-2002-02-13_Dope_Nose_177.mp3 February 13, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:10 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Dope Nose 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:15 Songs from the Forthcoming "Maladroit" BJM #11946
Weezer Dope Nose 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:22 Songs from the Forthcoming "Maladroit" LIGHTING HILL/11982
Weezer Dope Nose 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:17 Songs from the Forthcoming "Maladroit" LIGHTING HILL/12020
Weezer Dope Nose 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:17 Maladroit (unmastered German promo)
Weezer Dope Nose 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:17 Maladroit
Weezer Dope Nose 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 1:28 ...Und Es War Sommer Shortened edit
Weezer Dope Nose 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 1:29 Shortened edit
Weezer Dope Nose May 19, 2002 Club Zepp, Fukuoka, Japan 5:19 The Lion and the Witch Live performance
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