|Demo by Weezer
|Rivers Cuomo song chronology
This song is part of the "Lonely Girl" lineage of songs
- Not to be confused with "Homely Girl"
"Homely" is an unreleased song by Weezer. It is an early version of the 2014 song "Lonely Girl."
"Homely" was written by Rivers Cuomo and demoed by Weezer in October of 2000 in preparation for recording The Green Album in December. The song continued to be demoed through November and December, including rehearsals at Swing House Studios under supervision of producer Ric Ocasek. The song was worked on during the recording of The Green Album, but was left unfinished and unmixed.
Though the demo from this era has never been heard in full by fans, it was praised by the band's Summer 2000 Tour manager and FOH engineer, Neil Young. Said Young:
|... to see the Summer 2000 demos up on the site...brought me back to huddling down behind one of the front of house racks with the headphones on trying to mix the previous days recordings over the din of sound check...or the recording rack sitting in the parking lot of Circus Circus in Vegas in 100 degree heat while Rivers and I listened down to stuff...pretty bare bones back then but definitely fun. If you guys put up the October demos, you definitely have my vote for at least "Homely"...I think that's the title. It wound up being the best sounding track of those demos albeit dare I say, not too lyrically involved. Well, it was the very last song I recorded and mixed with them and finally Rivers and I found the secret of making the 8 track demos sound better..."
- Neil Young, Weezer Recording History
"Homely" was, for several years, speculated to be an early iteration of the song "Lonely Girl" from the album Everything Will Be Alright in the End, due to featuring the word "homely" in its lyrics and featuring a structure evocative of Green-era songs. This was confirmed in 2020, with the release of the demo "Follow" as part of the digital compilation Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years, on which a partial clip of "Homely" can be heard.