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"Starlight"
Starlight cover
B-side by Weezer
Album Hash Pipe
Released May 15, 2001
Format CD
Recorded December 2000, Cello Studios, Los Angeles, California
Length 3:19
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 549
COR# 241
Producer(s) Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
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Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"eb/Gb/Cb/Bb"
(RC# 548)
"Starlight"
(RC# 549)
"Castles in the Sand"
(RC# 550)
Hash Pipe (Int. retail CD single) track listing
"I Do"
(2)
"Starlight"
(3)
"Hash Pipe" (Jimmy Pop Remix)
(4)
Hash Pipe (UK retail CD single) track listing
"Hash Pipe"
(1)
"Starlight"
(2)
"Hash Pipe" (Jimmy Pop Remix)
(3)
Island in the Sun (JP retail CD single) track listing
"Teenage Victory Song"
(2)
"Starlight"
(3)
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Alternate Cover
UK Hash Pipe single
UK Hash Pipe single
"Starlight"
Starlight cover
United States CD single cover
Single by Zed
Album This Little Empire
Released 2002
Recorded Radiostar Studios
Length 2:50
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Sylvia Massy Shivy, Zed
Status Officially released
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Alternate cover
New Zealand CD single cover
New Zealand CD single cover
This Little Empire (New Zealand release) track listing
"Better On Your Own"
(4)
"Starlight"
(5)
"Bleeding On the Radio"
(6)
This Little Empire (United States release) track listing
"Better On Your Own"
(4)
"Starlight"
(5)
"Glorafilia"
(6)

"Starlight" is a song recorded during sessions for The Green Album and released as a b-side. In 2002, the song was covered by New Zealand pop rock band Zed.

Appearances

Weezer version

  • "Hash Pipe" (International retail CD single)
  • "Hash Pipe" (UK retail CD single)
  • "Island in the Sun" (Japan retail CD single)
  • Weezer (German 5-track sampler, Motor Music GMBH, 3:28 mix)

Zed version

Overview

"Starlight" was written by Rivers Cuomo and first known to have been demoed by Weezer at Cuomo's home studio on November 11, 2000. "Starlight" may have formed the basis for the Green Album track "Knock-down Drag-out," as the entry in the Catalog O' Riffs for the latter lists the alternate title "Slow Starlight". "Starlight" continued to be rehearsed by Weezer through December and was recorded in the studio during the Green Album sessions in January of 2001.

The song was one of the fourteen Green session tracks leaked prior to the album's release. Like all the other songs from the early MP3 leak, "Starlight" appeared in unmastered and unedited form with a total length of 3:28. The official mix of the song, released as a b-side on various "Hash Pipe" and "Island in the Sun" singles, was edited down to 3:20, omitting the "Whoa, that's not enough" section after the final chorus. The longer mix of the song, fully mastered, appeared on a 5-track CD sampler in Germany released by Motor Music GMBH, as well as an Argentinian promotional CD from Universal Music.

Zed cover

"Starlight" was covered by Zed in 2002 and released as the first track of the soundtrack to the 2002 comedy film The Hot Chick starring Rob Schneider. It was also released as a CD single in both the United States and New Zealand on Geffen Records and Universal, respectively. The New Zealand release of the single features two additional tracks ("Watching the World" and "This One") as well as the music video for "Starlight". The cover was later released as track five on Zed's 2003 album This Little Empire.

Rivers Cuomo was flattered by the cover, calling Zed's arrangement an improvement.[citation needed]

Music video

A music video was recorded featuring the band playing in a high school while characters from the film (including Schneider himself) swap places with members of the band after drinking an "enchanted" drink, vaguely reflecting on the general plot of The Hot Chick.


YouTube (international)

Personnel

Weezer

Zed

  • Nathan King — guitar, lead vocals
  • Andy Lynch — guitar
  • Ben Campbell — bass
  • Adrian Palmer — drums
  • Martin Kierszenbaum — A&R
  • Robert Hayes — management

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Weezer Starlight November 11, 2000[1] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA DA-88 8-track recording. Number of takes unknown.
Weezer Starlight December 3, 2000[1] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA DA-88 8-track recording. Instrumental.
Weezer Starlight December 7, 2000[1] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA DA-88 8-track recording. Number of takes unknown.
Weezer Starlight December 14, 2000[2] Swing House Rehearsal & Recording, Los Angeles, CA DAT rehearsal.
Weezer Starlight December 14, 2000[2] Swing House Rehearsal & Recording, Los Angeles, CA DAT rehearsal.
Weezer Starlight December 14, 2000[2] Swing House Rehearsal & Recording, Los Angeles, CA DAT rehearsal.
Weezer Starlight December 14, 2000[2] Swing House Rehearsal & Recording, Los Angeles, CA DAT rehearsal.
Weezer Starlight December 14, 2000[2] Swing House Rehearsal & Recording, Los Angeles, CA DAT rehearsal.
Weezer Starlight December 23, 2000[3] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA "Last-minute" demo
Weezer Starlight December 26, 2000[3] S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA "Last-minute" demo
Weezer Starlight December 29, 2000 Cello Studios, Los Angeles Studio recording
Weezer Starlight January 3, 2001 Cello Studios, Los Angeles Studio recording
Weezer Starlight January 5, 2001 Cello Studios, Los Angeles 3:28
  • Weezer (German 5-track sampler, Motor Music GMBH, 3:28 mix)
Longer, pre-release mix
Weezer Starlight January 5, 2001 Cello Studios, Los Angeles 3:19


Zed Starlight 2002 ? 2:52 Cover version

Audio

Weezer

Zed

Gallery

Zed

United States CD Release

New Zealand CD Release

Lyrics

That's alright
That's OK
I'll keep holding on today
'Cause I'm waiting for the starlight in your eyes

No more faith
No more hope
All that I can do is grope
For a shred of loving care from my girl

The pain you felt has burdened you
You can't feel love
I'm glad that I have been with you
But that's not enough

In your arms I would be
Overjoyed as any boy
Holding on to what he loves
Oh-so-much

Feel your touch every night
When I dreamed to be alright
There you are in front of me
With your smile

The pain you felt has burdened you
You can't feel love
I'm glad that I have been with you
But that's not enough
Whoa, that's not enough

The pain you felt has burdened you
You can't feel loved
I'm glad that I have been with you
But that's not enough

In your arms I would be
Overjoyed as any boy
Holding on to what he loves
Oh-so-much
Holding on to what he loves
Oh-so-much
Holding on to what he loves
Oh-so-much

See also

External links

References