|Demo by Rivers Cuomo|
"Runner-Up" (previously titled "Fireball") is a song originally intended for Weezer (The Black Album). It has never been heard in full by fans.
|One of my favorite songs right now, it’s called “Runner-Up,” and, I mean, when I wrote it on piano and vocal, it sounds — the first thing that comes to minds is Pinkerton-esque, but I hesitate to use that, because that means so much to people. It sounds very like that core, emotional Rivers that an old-school fan would love, but then the way it was produced — my piano is in there, but then there are all these electronic, dark elements that sound like nothing we’ve ever done.
In an entry for the song on Riverpedia in 2020, Cuomo suggested that the song was written at the same time as "QB Blitz". Cuomo confirmed later that the song was originally titled "Fireball", adding that the title "makes more sense with the lyrics." In 2021, a rough sketch of what can be presumed to be "Fireball" (due to the repetition of the word "fireball") was included as part of the digital compilation Alone XIII: The Pacific Daydream Years.
|Performer(s)||Title||Filename||Date of recording||Recording location||Length||Appeared on||Notes|
|Rivers Cuomo||Fireball||fireball 2 verse @70.mp3||2015—2017|
|Rivers Cuomo||Fireball||fireball 3 piano @70.mp3||2015—2017|
|Rivers Cuomo||Fireball||Fireball 3-2.mp3||2015—2017|
|Rivers Cuomo||Fireball||fireball 4 verse 2 @72.mp3||2015—2017|
|Rivers Cuomo||Fireball (?)||Untitled2_2016_2_26_15_6_31.mp3||February 26, 2016||11:03||Alone XIII: The Pacific Daydream Years|
|Rivers Cuomo||Runner-Up||Runner Up Rough idea.mp3||2016—2018|
|Rivers Cuomo||Runner-Up||RUNNER UP WL edit V1.mp3||2016—2018|
- ↑ Riesman, Abraham. "Rivers Cuomo Is Still Lonely: But he’s really into lifehacks." Vulture. November 2017. https://www.vulture.com/2017/11/weezer-rivers-cuomo-interview-lifehacks-pacific-daydream.html
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Runner-Up" Riverpedia. https://books-r-fun.herokuapp.com/wiki/Runner-Up