We Are All on Drugs

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"We Are All on Drugs"
We Are All on Drugs cover
Single by Weezer
Album Make Believe
Released July 29, 2005
Format CD, 7"
Recorded Summer 2004
Length 3:35
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
COR# 528
Producer Rick Rubin
Status Officially released
Live debut April 26, 2005
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Weezer singles chronology
"Beverly Hills"
(2005)
"We Are All on Drugs"
(2005)
"Perfect Situation"
(2005)
Make Believe track listing
"Peace"
(5)
"We Are All On Drugs"
(6)
"The Damage in Your Heart"
(7)

"We Are All on Drugs" is the sixth track and second single from Make Believe.

Appearances

Overview

First pressings of Make Believe contained an incorrect mix of "We Are All on Drugs", featuring different lyrics in the pre-solo bridge section. Upon discovering the mistake, the band had the correct version place on later pressings of the album, and released it as a single. There is also a censored version called "We Are All In Love", which is mainly used for airings of the video on stations that object to the drug reference, but has also turned up on a promo cd in very limited numbers.

In a May 9th, 2005 interview with Y100, Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo talked about the song: "Don't take it literally...I'm singing more about the fact [of] how addicted we all are to stimulating ourselves, and over-stimulating ourselves with music, or whatever it is in our lives. [It's] not necessarily about drugs."

When the song was serviced to radio, the band was not free to immediately film a video. In order to get a quick video made to promote the song, a hastenly-edited video was constructed using footage from a 1985 video for the song "Fear No Evil" by heavy metal band Grim Reaper. Eventually, a proper video - employing heavy use of green-screen effects - was shot and distributed.

Band Commentary

Rivers: I was living in an apartment above the Sunset Strip, and every Friday and Saturday night I’d hear people cruising and partying, and hooting and hollering. And I went to sleep one night and I heard those sounds all through the night, in my dreams. I had this dream about a kid on the Metro bus, blasting hip hop into his brain through his headphones. And the music sounded so decadent and overstimulating, and I woke up in the midst of that dream, in a haze, and immediately said to myself, “Man, we’re all on drugs!” And I instantly knew that would be a cool song.
Brian: I remember the first time Rivers played it for me, and just felt this, like, ‘can we do this?’ You know, I mean, this is a hit song, without a doubt. Just singing that chorus the first time, when we played these songs acoustically in the office, it was just a riot because it was just so much—it was like I felt like we were doing something illegal by saying that. And there were thoughts like, how are parents going to like this? Or you know, are we going to be banned from kids, you know, listening, whatever, their album collections? I think it’s a great song because it’s not saying anything positive or negative about drugs. It’s one of those ambivalent songs. I’m just glad that my guitar intro got used. [laughs]
Pat: Yeah, I had to fight for that, man! You guys had this other thing going on, where you wanted it to be all mellow, when it was so obvious to me that it should be the big rock track. I love that intro.
Rivers [to Brian]: Yeah, I loved your intro from the first time you brought it in. On this album you’ve come up with so many great intros and musical interludes.
Brian: Well, that’s what great about our music, too, is there’s different ways to interpret it., and I think all of them should be explored, because I actually liked—Rivers had a different version of it that worked equally as well. I think everything should be explored, or else we’re cheating ourselves.
Rivers: And also, it’s interesting that we’ve found that sometimes one of the other guys will start singing a line that I came up with, and it sounds a million times better. Like on this song, when Scott sings “never get enough” in the chorus, it’s just, it’s so right, it’s obvious that he has to sing that.
Scott: Right on! It’s funny, and I remember you talking about - when you were living in that apartment—it’s like, ‘I always hear these people going, ‘WHOOO! WHOO! All night long, a whole car full of girls are like, ‘WHOO!’’ and that’s exactly what we sing in that song. [laughter] It’s really cool. After the first chorus at these shows, even though nobody knows the song yet, people are so into it. Out of all the new songs, that song seems to hit people the fastest, to me.
Pat: Yeah, Kevin and Bean talk about that song all the time, I guess. They’re like, ‘that’s the best title ever!’.

Reception

"We Are All on Drugs" received moderate commercial success, peaking at number 10 on the US Modern Rock radio charts and number 35 on the main US charts. The song has fared poorly with critics. In December of 2005, Pitchfork Media named "We Are All on Drugs" as one of "The 15 Worst Releases of 2005", and provided only the word "OBVIOUSLY!!!" as a comment. The song has also been received poorly among Weezer's more die hard fan base, and it is commonly pegged as one of the band's worst songs ever on Allthingsweezer.com. Some fans have praised the song's intro and guitar solo, both of which were written by Brian Bell. Still more fans have expressed surprise at the song's lack of overwhelming commercial success.

Track listing

UK Retail 7" (Pink Vinyl)

  1. "We Are All on Drugs"
  2. "Beverly Hills" (Urbanix Mix)

UK Retail CD

  1. "We Are All on Drugs"
  2. "Beverly Hills" (Urbanix Mix)
  3. "Burndt Jamb" (Live)
  4. "We Are All on Drugs" (CD-ROM Video)


  • "Burndt Jamb" was recorded on July 26, 2002 in Camden, NJ.
  • The video featured on the CD is the "Fear No Evil" version

We Are All in Love

A censored version of the track titled "We Are All in Love" was released with re-recorded vocals replacing each "on drugs" with "in love". Pat Wilson came up with the censored title and originally wanted to call it "We Are All on Hugs".

Music Video

Personnel

Lyrics

When you're out with your friends
In your new Mercedes-Benz
And you're on drugs
And you show up late for school
'Cause you think you're really cool
When you're on drugs
And you put on your headphones
And you step into the zone
When you're on drugs
But the world don't care
If you are or are not there
'Cause you're on drugs

Give it to me...

We are all on drugs yeah
Never getting enough (never get enough)
We are all on drugs yeah
Give me some of that stuff (WOO)

And you twitch in your seat
'Cause you wanna hit the street
When you're on drugs
And you cause such a fuss
'Cause there's no one you can trust
When you're on drugs
And the best of your days
Will vanish in the haze
When you're on drugs
And you wish you could quit
'Cause you're really sick of it
But you're on drugs

(correct bridge)
I want to reach a higher plane
where things will never be the same

(incorrect bridge)
I want to confiscate your drugs
I don't think I can get enough

See also

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