They Are Stupid
|"They Are Stupid"|
|Outtake by Weezer|
at Grandmaster Recorders - Los Angeles, CA
The song, when it was still called "Et Tu Brute", was first demoed acoustically by the band in July/August of 2003 at Rod Cervera's studio. During the band's first attempt at making Make Believe at Cello Studios in December of 2003, the song was not considered for the album. However, for 2 days late in the Cello session, Rivers Cuomo decided to record solo demos of many songs (including "Et Tu Brute") that had been dismissed in the weeks of pre-production. The likely purpose was to revisit the material to either insure it wasn't needed, or resurrect it for the album. Cuomo recorded another demo on February 6, 2004 at the S.I.R. rehearsal studio. Further "S.I.R. pre-production demos" recorded by Cuomo followed in May and June of 2004, first as "Over The Mountain", then as "They Are Stupid".
The final studio version of the song was recorded during the band's second attempt at making Make Believe, at Grandmaster Recorders in Los Angeles, CA. The sessions lasted from July 22 to October 22, 2004. It was one of 12 songs that Cuomo asked to band to only concentrate on, which he felt were the right songs for the album. According to the Recording History the song had turned into a "disco jam" at this point, complete with keyboard effects, walking bass lines etc. Until early 2005, the song was designated to be the seventh track. Ultimately the song was excluded from the final track list for unknown reasons and remains unreleased to this day.
Karl Koch named the 11 songs that were finished but not used for Make Believe "The Fallen Soldiers".
- Rivers Cuomo – guitar, lead vocals
- Patrick Wilson – percussion
- Brian Bell – guitar, backing vocals
- Scott Shriner – bass guitar
- Rick Rubin - producer