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Possibilities

A 120-second hemorrhage of sub-Green Day derivative-derivative pop punk puke, this putrid piece of shit may not be the worst Weezer song ever released, but it’s certainly the least listenable. Beyond that I won’t even bother to acknowledge this song with sonic description, and the lyrics are total nonsense too, as evidenced by its original jibberish title, “Gone To Stay.” (A concept the song itself makes no effort to clarify or justify.) It’s just so, so bad.

Before The Red Album, there existed only two Weezer album songs never played live by the band or, most likely, anyone else. Mercifully (and tellingly), “Possibilities” is one of them.

40 Comments

  1. Brownerton wrote:

    By EGD I meant Troublemaker, by the way.

    Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Permalink
  2. charliestl wrote:

    LEAK!

    Friday, October 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  3. Soyrev wrote:

    YES

    Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Permalink
  4. charliestl wrote:

    Haha, I am not envious of you having to review this record.

    Personally, I think it’s fucking wonderful. A breath of fresh air.

    Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink
  5. clore wrote:

    Soy — good thing CSP, IDWLYG, and PGITWWW haven’t appeared on the randomizer yet, eh? 😉

    Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Permalink
  6. tsarczar wrote:

    How did this get over 100 replies?

    Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Permalink
  7. charliestl wrote:

    Apparently Possibilities rocks!

    Friday, October 23, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Permalink
  8. Robin wrote:

    Just want to say these things about the new versions of “Alone II” songs on Rad, if that’s cool:

    “Can’t Stop Partying” – Fucking yikes. All I can really say right now.

    “Don’t Want to Let You Go” – Not an improvement, not a complete disservice either, though.

    “Prettiest Girl In The Whole Wide World” – Dig it a lot! The insane production on this album totally works for it.

    Thoughts?

    Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 3:49 am | Permalink
  9. Brownerton wrote:

    I don’t know what’s weirder, that Lil Wayne is on a Weezer album, or that it sort of works. I can see why they didn’t make that the lead single, but I’m really curious to see how it performs when they do release it.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 10:42 am | Permalink
  10. clore wrote:

    I wonder if I’m in the minority when I say I like the new “Can’t Stop Partying.” I like both versions for different reasons. The Rad version accomplishes what it sets out to do in my opinion, and I think the Lil’ Wayne verse works. This is coming from someone who never liked Lil’ Wayne and dreaded hearing him on the album.

    This song isn’t the best on the album, but it made me smile almost the whole way through (and even laugh out loud during “OKAY BITCHES, WEEZER AND IT’S WEEZY!”) I think it rocks, but it will probably get too popular for its own good.

    DWTLYG is of “Miss Sweeney” caliber, and PGITWWW is almost up there with those two. They are both absolutely gorgeous. Both album versions are better than their respective demo versions in my opinion.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 11:34 am | Permalink
  11. Soyrev wrote:

    This is how I feel about those three at this moment:

    CSP: Took me a few listens, but I’m really behind this one now. After supposedly ‘different’ stuff like “Freak Me Out,” it’s really cool to hear the band do something actually TOTALLY different for once…And in my opinion, it works. I guess it helps that I’m pretty into synth pop, rap and Lil Wayne to begin with. I thought his verse would be really half-assed, but it fits the song pretty damn well — I think he hooked it up. As a critique I will say it’s a little long and they didn’t really need to reprise the intro at the end, but that’s okay. I dig it. And Clore, the line is “Okay bitch, it’s Weezer and it’s Weezy!”

    “I Don’t Want To Let You Go” — Gorgeous. The way it builds is really lovely, Scott’s bass on the second verse is maybe his finest moment ever, the way those harmonies layer in is like a dream, and the whole spare arrangement that gradually fills out…it’s ethereal. I love it. The most “Brian Wilson” thing Cuomo’s ever done, which is a joy to be able to say in 2009.

    “Prettiest Girl” — A fantastic rendition, and in my opinion, the only version we have that really realizes the song’s potential. That organ ‘n’ a capella breakdown is unreal. The added solo segment blows my mind. And I love the little subtle touches, like the new lead guitar licks that layer over the verses, and the tambourine that kicks in per occasion to add a nice counterrhythm. I just really love this version in general.

    At first glance I would’ve just wanted the band to retread older versions of these songs ’cause the original arrangements worked so damn well, but now I’m grateful that they really switched it up on all of them. They’re experiments, and I think they all work very nicely. If you don’t like the new, you have the old to enjoy still; but as for me, I now have two completely different versions of a few great songs to enjoy depending on my mood. Win-win-win, in my opinion. : )

    Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
  12. charliestl wrote:

    This is Weezer’s “Love You”, imo. Except this album will actually sell.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Permalink
  13. Soyrev wrote:

    Love You? Really? How on earth do you think? I can’t see that at all, really. I mean, IDWTLYG is very Brian Wilson, but not Love You Brian Wilson at all…And “Tripping Down The Freeway” seems to reference “Honkin’ Down The Highway” in title, but in title alone.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
  14. charliestl wrote:

    Radical departure in production from previous albums and the “formula”. Creepy song about infant daughter. Some gorgeous parts, some quite embarrassing (at least on first listen). Some older songs redone. Old guy writing in the current Top 40 radio style. Pop-culture references (Johnny). Guest writers (Landy) and guest singers (Marilyn). Synths.

    That was my first thought anyway.

    Another thought: that feedback at 2:14 in Put Me Back Together nearly makes me cry.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Permalink
  15. charliestl wrote:

    And also something both Brian and Rivers considered their favorite albums.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Permalink
  16. MS wrote:

    “I Don’t Want To Let You Go” — Gorgeous. The way it builds is really lovely, Scott’s bass on the second verse is maybe his finest moment ever, the way those harmonies layer in is like a dream, and the whole spare arrangement that gradually fills out…it’s ethereal. I love it. The most “Brian Wilson” thing Cuomo’s ever done, which is a joy to be able to say in 2009.

    …nah

    Monday, November 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
  17. Soyrev wrote:

    THANKS, MATTHEW

    Monday, November 23, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Permalink
  18. Soyrev wrote:

    “She’s gone to stay” is actually a line in “Seymour Stein” by Belle & Sebastian, I’m realizing now. What’re the odds that Cuomo ever listened to The Boy With The Arab Strap?

    Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Permalink
  19. Burgess wrote:

    Probably not so bad, considering it came out while Rivers had nothing else going on and was trying to scientifically dissect all kinds of pop music.

    Monday, November 30, 2009 at 8:03 am | Permalink
  20. David wrote:

    I HAVE THIS SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD! WHY LORD, WHY?

    Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink
  21. Melack wrote:

    You must have sinned…

    Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink
  22. Soyrev wrote:

    First sin? Listening to “Possibilities.” All we who have listened to “Possibilities,” are Fallen…

    Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Permalink
  23. yim_yecker wrote:

    I don’t understand the Green Day reference. This song is so distinctively Weezer and I’m not hearing any loud Green Day influences in the song.

    Monday, May 31, 2010 at 9:11 am | Permalink
  24. Soyrev wrote:

    It sounds like their particularly punky, uninspired crap. Green Day’s capable of some cool stuff, and also some that’s petulantly stupid.

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  25. MyNameIsJason wrote:

    I would like to revise my earlier comment. The vocal melody on “ohh, ohh Possibilities, take you home with me in your arms” isn’t complete shit. It’s good, even. The little echo vocal is cool! And I’d say the last little “oohh” build into “I need you, I plead you now” isn’t half bad. I’m talking only melody here. Aside from that, the rest of the song is comparable to a pile of elephant poop.

    Possibilities is utterly inexcusable. Read the fucking the first lyric that I typed up there. The narrator is planning on taking this person home himself, but he’s also planning on being in this person’s arms while he does that. I want to kill somebody. I feel like Rivers should apologize for this.

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink
  26. HMC wrote:

    I caught myself humming this song a couple weeks ago. Somebody kill me.

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 8:39 am | Permalink
  27. OOS wrote:

    The song IS unfortunately insanely catchy.

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink
  28. Ludicrosity wrote:

    I agree, as shitty as the song is… it actually has a catchy melody and stays stuck in your head: Kinda like that little nugget of shit that sticks in the toilet bowl and won’t go down the drain, no matter how many times you flush. 🙂

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  29. yim_yecker wrote:

    This pops in my head when I have a number of different paths or opportunities I can take in a given situation. I even sing “ohhh oh, possibilities”. No one ever gets it and I’m a lame-o.

    Friday, June 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
  30. Willy Dee wrote:

    I don’t think it’s all that bad.

    I can see where people could get hung up on the lyrics; but I guess I’m one of the few who actually likes it.

    I always took it (like others off Maladroit) as being about the band and the fans. I interprete the “Gone to Stay” lyric as the old Weezer is gone. To stay gone. Always moving forward, never looking back kinda deal. Oohh, oh, the possibilities.

    Viewing the song thru this lense, the lyric “take you home with me, in your arms” would kinda make sense if you visualize a fan just buying the Maladroit cd.

    Any takers?

    Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Permalink
  31. Soyrev wrote:

    People used to think “Don’t Let Go” was a message to the fans, too. But it’s better if you remember that Rivers has said any number of times that he wasn’t thinking a damn thing when he wrote these songs.

    Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink
  32. ThomYorke wrote:

    In Willy Dee’s defense, Soy, Rivers has bull-shitted us at every turn throughout Weezer’s entire career. Who is to say he wasn’t lying through his teeth too when he claimed Geen’s lyrics to be meaningless?

    I think there is a lot more meaning in a lot of Green/Mala than many people believe. Not EVERY song, but there are moments in there with meaning for sure. Count me in the minority, but I’ve been convinced more many years that this is the case, no matter what Rivers has to say about it.

    Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Permalink
  33. Willy Dee wrote:

    I don’t know about anything Green being at all personal. But Rivers wasn’t trying to use the internet weezer community to “produce” that album. I think that when Rivers started doing that, he opened up a door of sincerity. Is Space Rock not about these same boardies being “little bitches”?

    Maladroit was a really interesting time. He’d just released Green, an album that was nothing like it’s predecessors — and it was his biggest success. Yet, he was still wrestling with trying to please the “troo fans” aka boardies.

    Somewhere along the way, metal came into the picture. And punk rock influence. Weezer delving into new areas. Ohh, the possibilities!

    Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Permalink
  34. Ludicrosity wrote:

    And now we have Raditude… I’m a sad panda. 🙁

    Monday, June 28, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink
  35. Soyrev wrote:

    Don’t have the time to reply to the rest of the discussion so far, but I just wanted to clarify:

    “He’d just released Green, an album that was nothing like it’s predecessors — and it was his biggest success.”

    Actually, Blue was (and remains) Weezer’s biggest commercial success. Green had a strong start, but it didn’t keep up very long — has it even gone double platinum yet?

    Monday, June 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
  36. OOS wrote:

    Last time I checked, it did not. I imagine that Maladroit’s release only a year later really hurt it’s sales potential. Photograph or any number of other songs could’ve been hits that catapulted it into the double platinum range, but they had to start up the new marketing push for Mala.

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  37. danup wrote:

    I’ve noticed that. The Best Buy by my house always has Six Hits—so, so many—Raditude, the Red Album, Make Believe, Blue, and Pinkerton, but yesterday I saw two copies of Green there for the first time in forever. It’s almost as rare as Maladroit on shelves, which is weird because it seems like Hash Pipe and Island in the Sun will be two of the band’s most lasting hits.

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
  38. Casey wrote:

    I love “Possibilities.” Wall-to-wall vocal harmonies, the whole band shredding until putting the brakes on for the singable guitar solo, and, as Thomyorke pointed out, a fantastic outro. It’s epic in its compactness.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
  39. Oldmancane wrote:

    The other day I discovered that the phrase “gone to stay” is in the Neil Young song “Don’t Be Denied.” However, it actually makes sense in the context of that song.

    Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink
  40. Soyrev wrote:

    The turn of phrase also appears in “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers.

    Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

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