|Single by Weezer|
|Released||May 10, 2005|
|Recorded||Summer 2004 (album version)
September 7, 2005 (single version)
|Live debut||July 2, 2005|
|Rivers Cuomo song chronology|
|Weezer singles chronology|
|Make Believe track listing|
"Perfect Situation" is the third single and second track from Make Believe.
- Make Believe (original version replaced by remix on later pressings) (2005)
- "Perfect Situation" promo CD (remix - edit) (2005)
- AOL Sessions Best Buy Exclusive DVD (live session) (2005)
- Six Hits EP (remix - full length) (2008)
- Several Official Bootlegs (Live Version)
"Perfect Situation" has proven to be one of Weezer's biggest hits. However, a retail single was not released.
In a 2005 BBC6 interview, Rivers claimed that he cried the first time he heard it being played back.
- Pat: It sounds like it could have been on the Green Album. I think of it as, like, classic Weezer.
- Scott: To me it’s just an epic drama, and I felt really strong about it being on the album. The lyrics of the first verse always just really killed me, so I really pushed hard for that song to make the record.
- Brian: Yeah, I like it lyrically a lot: “Here’s the pitch, slow and straight”, bla bla bla bla bla bla bla, and yeah, like Pat said, it’s classic Weezer Green Album style, a lot of downstrokes, the big intro, it could have gone on that album. But I think it’s more than that now—it’s uh, you know, Green Plus!
- Rivers: I sincerely hope that it’s the last song I write about being frustrated and angry with myself for being shy…because I’ve written way too many of those songs already.
When Make Believe was first released, the version of "Perfect Situation" on the album featured one of two different melodies Cuomo originally wrote for the chorus. During the summer 2005 tour, when the band prompted the crowd to sing along, the fans, oddly enough, invariably sang the other original melody Cuomo had written. Cuomo stated in an interview during the band's 2005 performance at the AOL Sessions, "Well, if these ten thousand people think it should go this way, maybe we should go back and re-record it."
The remix includes re-recorded chorus vocals with the other melody, a synth track added to the first chorus (the original version only has it on the second chorus), and added backup vocals of "perfect situation" over the outro. The recording session was held on September 7, 2005 in Atlanta, GA where the Foozer Tour kicked off a day later. The radio edit of this remix, served to radio and featured in the video, is eight seconds shorter than the album version, due to a shortening of the intro guitar solo.
The full-length (no edited guitar solo) remix summarily replaced the original version of the song on later pressings of Make Believe. This full-length remix is also available on the Six Hits EP.
The video, directed by Marc Webb, premiered on November 11, 2005 and features actress Elisha Cuthbert as the lead singer of Weeze, a fictional predecessor to Weezer, who is eventually replaced by actual frontman Rivers Cuomo, who, throughout the video acts as a sort of servant to the demanding Cuthbert. The video also features a cameo by the band's webmaster/band photographer/archivist and close friend for many years, Karl Koch, as the t-shirt seller and like the "Beverly Hills" video, the band asked actual Weezer fans to answer a casting call to be in the video's crowd scenes . A new cover for Make Believe was created for the video of "Perfect Situation" showing the fictional name Weeze.
- Rivers Cuomo – lead guitar, lead vocals
- Patrick Wilson – percussion
- Brian Bell – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, piano
- Scott Shriner – bass guitar, backing vocals,
- Rick Rubin - producer
What's the deal with my brain?
Why am I so obviously insane?
In a perfect situation
I let love down the drain.
There's the pitch, slow and straight.
All I have to do is swing
and I'm a hero, but I'm a zero.
Hungry nights, once again
Now it's getting unbelievable.
'Cause I could not have it better,
But I just can't get no play
From the girls, all around
As they search the night for someone to hold onto.
And I just pass through...
Get your hands off the girl,
Can't you see that she belongs to me?
And I don't appreciate this excess company.
Though I can't satisfy all the needs she has
And so she starts to wonder...
Can you blame her?
Tell me there's a logic out there.
Leading me to better prepare
For the day that something really special might come.
Tell me there's some hope for me.
I don't wanna be lonely
For the rest of my days on the earth.