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For the tour of the same name, see Troublemaker Tour.
Troublemaker cover
Single by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Red Album)
Released June 3, 2008
July 26, 2008 - as a single
Recorded March 2008
Length 2:44
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer Jacknife Lee
Status Officially released
Live debut September 9, 2008
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Weezer singles chronology
"Pork and Beans"
"The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)"
Weezer (The Red Album) track listing
"The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)"
Alternate Cover
The Remixes
The Remixes

"Troublemaker" is the second single, second iTunes single and first track off of The Red Album.



Troublemaker is notably repetitive, with a guitar riff and drum beat that play unchanged throughout almost the entire song. It was added to the track list of The Red Album along with "Pork and Beans" after Geffen said that it was lacking potential hit singles.

The song has seen release as a digital single, as well as a one-track promo. A physical retail single was scheduled to be released in the UK in late September 2008, but it never surfaced. This has frustrated certain members of the fan community, who enjoy collecting the retail singles, which usually include exclusive B-sides - a continuation of circumstances for such ill-fated singles as "Dope Nose" or "Perfect Situation". Later it was suggested that, while plans for a retail single for "Troublemaker" have been abandoned altogether, all effort is being put towards the ramp-up of the next single, "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived".

Later, another promo-only release for "Troublemaker" had surfaced, an EP of seven club/dance DJ remixes of the song called Troublemaker Remixes. These mixes are typical, mainly electronic, club-style remixes featuring little more than the vocal tracks from the original, although a few utilize other aspects such as the main guitar riff and the wuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh guitar/vocal unison. One track even samples "Dope Nose".

Writing Process

Troublemaker was written originally in 2006. When the label suggested to Weezer to include more commercial material to speed up the album, the band went back to work on the "Troublemaker" demo. Despite this, the song is listed as the second most recent entry on Rivers' latest songwriting chart. Rivers' inspiration for the line "Keep it on the up" came from his friend and former band mate Kevin Ridel of Avant Garde and AM Radio. Ridel has stated "Rivers sure has made my catch phrase popular!"


Troublemaker has received generally poor feedback from more devout Weezer fans. The simplicity of the repetitive drum beat and guitar riff are criticized heavily by fans, as well as the lyrics of the first verse and chorus. However, some fans hold the the lyrics after the first verse in higher regard, and also praise the bridge of the song. The wuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh guitar/vocal unison section of the song has similarly split fans, as some appreciate it as fun and exciting and others view it as immature. In the mainstream market, Troublemaker was somewhat of a commercial flop. It came up very short of garnering as much attention as Pork and Beans, Weezer's previous single.

Music video

The music video for Troublemaker, released on October 6, 2008 and consisted of Weezer and a selected group of fans attempting to break various world records. It was filmed in front of the Great Western Forum in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California. The video includes footage of Weezer fans playing dodgeball, riding on an oversized skateboard, playing air guitar, and filling a large Weezer logo with nachos, cheese, and jalapenos. Rivers Cuomo was also shown pulling a stationwagon full of Weezer fans with his teeth. The video alternates between scenes of the hootenanny as well as a live performance by Weezer. It was directed by The Malloy Brothers.

Track listings

Promo Radio Single

  1. "Troublemaker" (2:44)

Japanese iTunes E.P.

  1. "Troublemaker"
  2. "Are 'Friends' Electric?"
  3. "Oddfellows Local 151"
  4. "Pork and Beans" (Naked Version)

Troublemaker Remixes (promo EP)

  1. "Troublemaker" (Azzido Da Bass Remix) (5:24)
  2. "Troublemaker" (Azzido Da Bass Dub Remix) (5:27)
  3. "Troublemaker" (Tiny Evil Remix) (6:52)
  4. "Troublemaker" (Richard Vission Remix) (4:05)
  5. "Troublemaker" (Richard Vission Dub Mix) (5:37)
  6. "Troublemaker" (Funky Monk Remix) (6:02)
  7. "Troublemaker" (Baby Disaster Remix) (3:17)



Put me in a special school cuz I am such a fool
And I don’t need a single book to teach me how to read
Who needs stupid books? They are for petty crooks
And I will learn by studying the lessons in my dreams
So turn off the TV cuz that’s what others see
And movies are as bad as eating chocolate ice-cream
They only sicken me, don’t let me play football
I’ll sack the quarterback and jack the brother of the ball

I’m a troublemaker, never been a faker
Doin’ things my own way and never giving up
I’m a troublemaker, not a double-taker
I don’t have the patience to keep it on the up

I picked up a guitar. What does this signify?
I’m gonna play some heavy metal riffs and you will die.
You wanted arts and crafts. How’s this for arts and crafts?
Wuh-nuh- nuh- nuh- nuh- nuh- nuh- nuh- nuh-that’s right!
I’m growing out my hair. I’m moving out to Cherokee.
I’m gonna be a rock star and you are gonna bear with me
Cuz I can’t work a job like any other slob
Punchin’ in and punchin’ out and suckin’ up to Bob

Marryin’ a beeyotch, havin’ seven keeyods
Givin’ up and growin’ old and hopin’ there’s a God.

I’m a troublemaker, never been a faker
Doin’ things my own way and never giving up
I’m a troublemaker, not a double-taker
I don’t have the patience to keep it on the up

I’m gonna be a star and people will crane necks
To get a glimpse of me and see if I am having sex
And studying my moves, they try to understand
Why I am so unlike the singers in the other bands.
I’m such a mystery as anyone can see
There isn’t anybody else exactly quite like me
And when it’s party time, like 1999
I’ll party by myself because I’m such a special guy.

I’m a troublemaker, never been a faker
Doin’ things my own way and never giving up
I’m a troublemaker, not a double-taker
I don’t have the patience to keep it on the up

See also