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The End of The World

The next song on the list is another short one, so I might as well bang this one out tonight, too.

This December 2002 cover gives us a neat little insight into what Rivers Cuomo was listening to at the time: the 2001 solo record from Nina Gordon, a saccharine pop departure from her more hard-edged punk rock band Veruca Salt. This song closed the album, a sappy breakup ballad colored by digital drum touches and some almost-country harmonies on the chorus (sort of like a poor man’s Cardigans).

What Cuomo does with it in his home recording (of which only an incomplete 54-second clip exists) is simple, but interesting. His voice arcs and falls with unguarded emotion (signaling the change in modus operandi from Maladroit to Make Believe), and the lone electric guitar that accompanies him has a hint of the classic Weezer crunch of yore. And with that long, winding vocal melody, this sounds like the skeleton of something that might not have seemed out of place in the Blue era. As it stands, this clip fails to captivate beyond the historical perspective it provides, but that alone makes it a worthy one-time spin.

On the other hand, the Recording History reveals that a few intriguing full-band takes of this song have been recorded. On March 21st, 2003, Cuomo and Weezer bassist Scott Shriner recorded a version of this song with Swirl 360 drummer Luke Adams and guitarist Jimmy Messner (Pat and Brian were “unavailable”). Five days later, another take was recorded (the personnel left unspecified), and then another take a few days later with the guys from Sloan — from the same jam that produced Alone‘s scorching version of “Little Diane.” It’d be very interesting to hear how these renditions came out (especially considering how hard “Little Diane” kicks!), and I do hope that we’ll get the chance to find out someday.


  1. OOS wrote:

    I’ll have to check this one out. I really hope that the Sloan rendition comes out, because Little Diane does rock.

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Permalink
  2. sandwiches wrote:

    i knew this song from hearing the Skeeter Davis version on the oldies station when I was younger. I thought it was a pretty interesting take on it, since i think a lot of oldies would sound pretty good with that weezer guitar crunch (Little Diane being a good example). I would love to hear one of the full band studio takes.

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Permalink
  3. justbluemyself wrote:


    who knew.

    Monday, April 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
  4. ThomYorke wrote:

    Thanks for connecting the dots on the era in which this was written; I wouldn’t have caught the connection to the Sloan recordings.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Permalink
  5. justbluemyself wrote:

    it’s not a nina gordon song.

    it’s by skeeter davis. i really like that song, I had no idea Weezer covered it.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
  6. MyNameIsJason wrote:

    i had no idea this existed. I also had never even heard of the original.

    this is kinda cool.

    Friday, May 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

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