Sometimes you come across something so wonderful that you have to share it with the world. Tonight it's Sheezer, the all-female Toronto-based Weezer tribute band. They only perform songs from The Blue Album (the band's debut) and Pinkerton -- which are widely acknowledged by dorks like me as the band's best two records...and the ones most audiences know really well, so they'll sing along. So you like old Weezer? You'll love Sheezer.
(Apologies for the poor sound quality in many of these clips -- they're the best I could find. I think you'll agree that the rocking outweighs the fuzzy audio.)
The beginning is slightly cut off, but damn, this rocks.
Including gargling at the beginning (!), this stripped-down, mostly acoustic version is, as far as I can tell, a note-for-note cover of the original, with a few lyrical edits (Green Day is replaced with a more relevant band). The only thing missing is a drum kit.
Now we're talking. Note how every band member has a mic. That's unusual.
The only problem I have with this is that the drummer's kit has a rack tom. I don't remember Pat Wilson using anything but his trusty floor tom when I saw him on the Pinkerton tour! Stick around for the dueling guitar solos just past the 3-minute mark -- awesome.
Criminy, the guitar solo is utterly perfect.
Bad audio quality, but dude, check out that guitar!
Points for preserving the line: "Tell me, who's that funky dude, staring back at me?"
Sheezer interviewed on Canadian TV. I totally identify with the statement about how much fun it is to be in a band where the entire audience knows the words to every song, and sings along -- that's a lot of fun, and the primary reason for anyone to play in a tribute or cover band. Every show's a party from start to finish.
If you're reading this, I really think you need to set up a Kickstarter project to fund a professional recording. I'll personally pitch in a minimum of $500.