The Answer Man

From Weezerpedia
"The Answer Man"
The Answer Man cover
Cover art for Alone V
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone V: Before Weezer
Recorded 1991
Label none
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 65
Producer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Status Circulating
Live debut November 29, 1991 in Petaluma, CA
Last played October 21, 1992 in West Hollywood, CA
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Maybe It Was Too Soon"
(RC# 64)
"The Answer Man"
(RC# 65)
"The Biggest Animal"
(RC# 66)

"The Answer Man" is a song written by Rivers Cuomo. The song was performed by multiple bands of which Cuomo was a member in the early 1990s: Fuzz, 60 Wrong Sausages, and Weezer.



According to the Recording History, "The Answer Man" was initially recorded by Rivers Cuomo on January 23, 1991.[1] In the months following, Cuomo formed a new band called Fuzz with Patrick Wilson and Scottie Chapman. The band recorded "The Answer Man" at a practice on February 18 and recorded a demo on March 9, though the band dissolved shortly thereafter. Later in 1991, Cuomo and Wilson formed the band 60 Wrong Sausages with Jason Cropper and Pat Finn. The band only lasted from October through November, but "The Answer Man" is known to have been practiced throughout October and November.[2] A video, filmed by Karl Koch, from one of these practice sessions appeared on the Weezer DVD Video Capture Device in 2004. The band also performed the song live on November 29.

The song was brought back after Weezer formed and began practicing beginning on February 15, 1992.[3] The song is known to have been performed at least one more time, at a show at English Acid on October 21, 1992.

The song appeared on the spreadsheet "The 4 and 5 Star Demos of Rivers Cuomo" in 2008. Three recordings of the song are known to exist in fan circulation: The 60 Wrong Sausages rehearsal footage featured on Video Capture Device, the Fuzz demo shared on Cuomo's personal website in 2002, and Cuomo's solo Yeastmaster Pt. 1 demo, which was sold on the same website in November of 2020 as part of the compilation Alone V: Before Weezer.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo The Answer Man 04 The Answer Man.mp3 January 23, 1991[1] 1:52 Alone V: Before Weezer
Fuzz The Answer Man February 18, 1991[1] Practice
Fuzz The Answer Man RC-1991-The_Answer_Man.mp3 March 9, 1991[1] 3:14 Released on Fuzz demo(?)
60 Wrong Sausages The Answer Man October—November 1991[2] 3:22 Video Capture Device Practice
Weezer The Answer Man February 16, 1992[3] T.K. Productions & Rehearsal Studios, Los Angeles, CA Practice
Weezer The Answer Man October 21, 1992[4] English Acid, West Hollywood, CA Live bootleg
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A heartbeat away from Weezer: 60 Wrong Sausages, featuring Rivers, Pat, Jason, and Pat Finn. Weezer kept performing this Rivers catharsis-jamb for a while, but it as eventually shelved in favor of more melodic fare.

- Karl Koch, Video Capture Device booklet, 2004


Handwritten lyrics for "The Answer Man".

I am not the Answer Man
Take your problems to my brother
He can solve them if you pay up
I am just a fucking art lover

I am not the flasher in the rain coat
I just give the people what they want
Sex and sex and sex in a bottle
Sip me baby, I'm cool like a drug.

I'm not the Answer Man

I am not the Answer Man
Take your problems to my brother
He can solve them if you pay up
I am just a motherfucking art lover

Come on!

See also