Pork and Beans Pitchfork Media track review

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"Pork and Beans"
Pork and Beans cover
Single by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Red Album)
Released April 24, 2008 (digital)
June 3, 2008 (physical)
Reviewer Pitchfork Media
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Pork and Beans
Reviewer: Marc Hogan (Pitchfork Media)
Publishing date: April 17, 2008
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I don't wanna be an old man anymore. I don't wanna walk into a bar, hear "Beverly Hills", mutter something about Steve Miller and cry bitter tears into my sweet, sweet Miller Lite for the next 3:16. Weezer's geek-rebel yell didn't have to harden into shtick-- a dozen years ago, there was Pinkerton (shit, a dozen years ago?!!)-- but on first few listens, "Pork and Beans", the first single from the Los Angeles pop-rockers' latest forthcoming self-titled album, sounds like another stab at the hip-to-be-square melodicism of "Buddy Holly". And, unlike anything on 2005's justly panned Make Believe, I have so far managed to listen to it without drowning it out in my own drunken imprecations or getting weird looks from bartenders.

"Pork and Beans" is a catchy, self-referential rocker, with the buzzsaw guitars and big choruses of Weezer's glory days, and that familiar, self-assured lameness. Also, plinking keyboards, a warbling noise, a basic "El Scorcho"-style riff, and backing mmm mmm mmm mmms. "I don't give a hoot about what you think," Rivers Cuomo sings, an update on his 1994-- damn, 1994?-- lyric, "I don't care what they say about us anyway." So does his use of the word "hoot" suggest he does care about what someone thinks? Or does it mean the real Rivers would say "hoot," and he doesn't give a fuck whether some smug wiseass will make fun of him for it? I dunno, but he sings about Rogaine. He sings about working out to fit into his underpants. And he considers working with Timbaland, because everybody else is doing it (so why can't we?). I asked Rivers to go to the Foxboro Hot Tubs concert. He said he'd never heard of them.


— Marc Hogan, April 17, 2008

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