From my knowledge, some of the criteria for a single would be as followed:
- Has to have mainstream popularity.
- Has to be catchy.
- Has to be relatable.
- Has to reflect the mood of the album it represents so the album will sell.
In my mind, there are many songs in the Weezer discography that could have been singles, but were passed on. This could just be a sign of a great album, but it may even be passed as a mistake.
The following are the singles from each Weezer album:
- Blue: Undone (The Sweater Song), Buddy Holly, Say It Ain't So
- Pinkerton: El Scorcho, The Good Life, Pink Triangle
- Green: Hash Pipe, Island In The Sun, Photograph
- Maladroit: Dope Nose, Keep Fishin'
- Make Believe: Beverly Hills, We Are All On Drugs, Perfect Situation, This Is Such a Pity
- Red: The Greatest Man That Ever Lived, Dreamin', Pork and Beans, Troublemaker
- Raditude: (If You're Wondering If I Want You to) I Want You to, I'm Your Daddy, Trippin' Down The Freeway
- Hurley: Memories, Hang On
With the singles being listed, the criteria for each album will be which song that isn't a single could have been a single. Also, you can turn that "could have been" into a "should have been" and replace any of the singles above with that song.
The following is what I believe could have (or should have) been a single on each album:
- Could have been: "My Name Is Jonas" - This might be the easiest call out of all of the albums. This is already a hit on rhythm games like Guitar Hero and Rock band, and this song is as catchy as they come.
- Should have been: "Falling For You" over "Pink Triangle" - Everyone has that one special someone that they've fallen head over heels for. Not everyone, however, has fallen for a lesbian. I can see why "Pink Triangle" was selected to be the third single. The chorus is something a crowd can jump to at live performances, and some people can manage to get a laugh out of Rivers' misfortune (even though I really doubt this idea was apart of the single selecting process). "Falling For You" is without a doubt one of the greatest songs that Weezer has ever created (It's one of two songs that Rivers called his proudest musical achievements. The other being "Beverly Hills" from Make Believe.) and is also the song that I believe should have been the first single off of Pinkerton. It's much more relatable than "El Scorcho" and "The Good Life", and this may be a stretch, but it might have made Pinkerton more of a commercial success than it was.
- Could have been: "Smile" - The verbiage is clever, melody is catchy, and it's uplifting. A great smile is also what many people would consider their favorite quality in a person. It's definitely mine. :)
- Should have been: "Fall Together" and "Take Control" over "Dope Nose" and "Keep Fishin" - Brian Bell when talking about "Fall Together" and Maladroit as a whole in an interview with Alternative Press in 2005 said that "Fall Together" was, “Really powerful – the band’s tight, and we’re playing riffs. It [could] have been an album of that. Instead, I’m a bit confused when I hear it…” Last night I watched a concert of Weezer in Camden from the 2002 Enlightenment Tour in support of Maladroit. In this concert, I saw a side of Rivers Cuomo that I've never seen before. He was just irradiating confidence, wearing sunglasses with a suit and tie, and looking like a rock star on a set that included the trademark Flying W and pyrotechnics. The psychology of the concert was that of a hard/arena rock atmosphere more than it was the intimate and fun atmosphere that most Weezer fans would be used to. In this atmosphere, it only supported what Brian said about Maladroit even more. With Rivers being in the most confident state of mind in his life and looking more like a rock star, songs like "El Scorcho" and "Don't Let Go" which featured the writing of an insecure Rivers just did not fit. Just like songs like "Death and Destruction" and "Keep Fishin" didn't fit at all in Maladroit. The concert was just begging for "Fall Together" and "Take Control" to be played instead. I'm not saying that the songs that were played instead aren't great songs. I'd go as far as saying that they may be better songs overall, but just like most of the track list in Maladroit, they just didn't fit in with the state of mind that Weezer was in at that period of time. So, not only am I saying that both singles should have been different, but I'm also saying that Maladroit should have been an exclusively hard rock album.
5. Make Believe
- Should have been: "Peace" OR "Pardon Me" over "We Are All On Drugs" - First, I'll say why "We Are All On Drugs" shouldn't have been in a single. The riffs and backup vocals were great in this song, but the subject matter is what kept this single from being successful. I know the back story behind this song, but it seems like only a small number of people could relate to this song. I'm guessing Weezer figured that the instrumental would make up for it's lyrics, but it didn't. I couldn't make my mind up between "Peace" and "Pardon Me", so I just left both songs under consideration. Both are relatable and somewhat catchy. Both can help someone through a difficult time. In terms of commercial success though, I think they'd both fail, but with the success of "Beverly Hills" and "Perfect Situation" I don't think it would matter that much. It's just that both songs would have been more successful than "We Are All On Drugs".
- Could have been: "Automatic" - I wanted to say "The Angel and the One" so badly here. It's just an amazing album closer, and I love how creatively unique it is. However, epic songs just aren't radio friendly nowadays which is a shame. With this being said, "Automatic" would be the better choice. It's a simple and yet awesome song which is uplifting and fun to drive to. As a matter of fact, a remixed version of it is in the upcoming driving simulation game Gran Turismo 5. Although a casual Weezer fan might be a bit confused to hear someone other than Rivers at lead vocals, I believe they'd enjoy it nevertheless.
- Could have been: "Let It All Hang Out" - If I allowed myself to pick b-sides, I'd say that "The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World" would make the better single. Since it's not apart of the original track list, I'd say that "Let It All Hang Out" would be the best choice. It fits the criteria, although if I had one request, I'd remove the "children's choir" portion of the song from the radio mix.
- Should be: "Ruling Me" - Throwing a bit of a curveball here because I have a feeling that "Memories" and "Hang On" won't be the only singles coming from Hurley. So instead of "could haves" or "should haves", I'm saying that the third single should be "Ruling Me". Although I prefer "Unspoken", "Run Away", and "Time Flies" over "Ruling Me" I just believe that "Ruling Me" fits the criteria of a successful single nowadays more. It's a catchy power pop song that Weezer is known for and although I won't guarantee it would be successful, I can guarantee that most radio stations would give it a chance.
9. Death to False Metal
- Should be: 1. "Turning Up The Radio", 2. "Trampoline", 3. "Blowin' My Stack", 4. "Odd Couple" - I'm not sure if this is officially being considered album nine yet, so I decided that I'd just do this for fun. All four songs fit the criteria, and that's all I have to say.
I hope you all enjoyed my post, and I am looking forward to seeing what you all believe could have (or should have) been Weezer singles! =w=