Skip to content

My Best Friend

Ask any of Weezer’s die-hard fans about “My Best Friend” and you’ll hear the sound of disdain. A survey of the comments on its SongMeanings entry, however, reveals plenty of love.

“This song is wonderful,” remarks jack_the_brat.

“this song always reminds me of 1 of my friends, shes not actually my best friend but i bloody wish she was!!!” exclaims xxrosiepxx.

“This song is about homosexuality,” relates Bill_Cowan.

“It’s about Rivers’ dog,” Fixxxer169 insists.

These people are all wrong, of course: it is not wonderful, it certainly isn’t an ode to homosexuality, and it’s hard to tell if Rivers even owns a dog. “My Best Friend” is, in truth, very arguably the weakest offering from what is very arguably Weezer’s weakest album. Against all odds, this does not mean “My Best Friend” is the worst song Weezer has ever released, because it isn’t — but it’s still plenty regrettable. It was seldom played on the Make Believe tour, and the band has scarcely mentioned it since.

It’s difficult to accept a 35-year-old Harvard English major starting a song with the lines, “When everything is wrong / I’ll come talk to you / You make things alright / When I’m feeling blue.” It’s downright shameful when the chorus of said song winds up being, “You’re my best friend / And I love you / And I love you / Yes I do.”

Musically, the song fares just slightly better. The guitar leads on the verse recall the production of The Green Album and somehow make you long for its airtight sound again; Brian’s aimless, half-buried backup vocals on the pre-chorus evoke Maladroit‘s flaws; and the mix epitomizes the bottom scrapings of Make Believe‘s dispiritingly thin barrel. In the band’s track-by-track notes on MB, Cuomo proudly remarks on the organ that he added to the song at the last minute, but hell if anyone noticed one before reading that. Presumably it’s the cacophonous thing geysering bile throughout the song’s intro, but it’s all such a hyper-compressed mess of sound that it just comes off like an indiscernible hemmorhage of pop-rock noise.

Cuomo apparently wrote the song for “some kind of ogre-ish guy [he] met,” and submitted the song to the Shrek 2 soundtrack. Hilariously enough, the folks at Dreamworks said it sounded *too much* like a Shrek song, and so it was rejected. Cuomo took the song back home, rewrote it to sound less “Shrek-ish” and “way better” (my sanity for the original), then released it on Make Believe. Brian Bell remarked that had it been released on Shrek 2, it would have been the first Weezer song anyone had heard in 3 years, which would have been the least flattering first glimpse possible for Weezer’s least flattering record.

On a mostly unrelated note, one of Pat Wilson’s comments on the song is especially indicative of a problem I think has really handicapped Weezer on Make Believe and all of their post-2000 albums: song selection. He remarks — presumably with a sarcastic, bitter grin on his face — “No one thought about [‘My Best Friend’] for the longest time, and the next thing I know, ‘We’re doing that song!'” Make Believe actually had a completely different tracklist just a month before its release; we can only wonder what songs like “Average Person” must have sounded like (or how anyone thought “Peace” could work as a closer), but thanks to the behind-the-scenes clip released with the album, we’ve heard brief bits and pieces of both “Love Is The Answer” and “You’re The One.” The former sounds like a song that starts pretty and has a huge buildup and release, while the latter sounds like upstroked, whammy-barred pop magic. Even if most bad Weezer songs could sound appealing from such brief excerpts, these two sound promising enough that I’m willing to bet they best most of MB as we know it (speak not of the Raditude “Love Is The Answer” to come). Here’s to hoping these finished outtakes eventually see release — imagine if we never heard the bonus tracks from the deluxe Red Album.

14 Comments

  1. OOS wrote:

    I understand the hate behind MBF, but I don’t really agree with it. The “worst ever Weezer song” for me is actually Freak Me Out, which never gets much hate.

    In any case, the compression here is absolutely awful. If it comes on on shuffle, the intro is so loud that I have to pause it for a moment so that I can skip without hearing anything else. Same with WAAOD.

    Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  2. brado8 wrote:

    All the discussion on the similarities between ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Pig’ got me thinking about the similarities between this song and the Queen song of the same name. I mean, Freddie sang ‘I really love you, you’re my best friend’ and Rivers sang ‘You’re my best friend and I love you’. Perhaps Rivers’ love of Queen is a little more widespread than I thought…

    Just sayin’.

    Monday, March 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Permalink
  3. Soyrev wrote:

    I suppose I should listen to more Queen.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  4. brado8 wrote:

    I’ve been meaning to listen to more Queen for years. Let’s go for it!

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
  5. Soyrev wrote:

    Inspiration or not, good lord is the Queen song ever a million times better.

    Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
  6. OOS wrote:

    Personally, I think I would take Pig over Bohemian Rhapsody, but that’s just me. In any case, I wouldn’t say that either is a million times better than the other.

    Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Permalink
  7. OOS wrote:

    Oh, crap, I thought this was the Pig thread, never mind. Yeah, any Queen is better than MBF, pretty much. At least from what i’ve heard.

    Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink
  8. Soyrev wrote:

    I too would take “Pig” over “Bohemian Rhapsody,” although “Rhapsody” is clearly a far more inventive, original and inspired piece of music (especially considering its time). “Pig” definitely speaks to me in a different way though…

    Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Permalink
  9. Mr. Sweeney wrote:

    Has anybody else noticed that the link to albumsix goes to a celebrity porn site?

    Friday, October 22, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink
  10. Ludicrosity wrote:

    Just wondering; why did you pick this song to leave the comment about albumsix in? lol

    Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 10:17 am | Permalink
  11. Mr. Sweeney wrote:

    I only just noticed it on this one.

    Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink
  12. Running Monk wrote:

    and now we DO know what I’m A Robot sounds like.

    Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
  13. Soyrev wrote:

    And it sound great to me!

    Monday, December 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  14. Chris wrote:

    I tried this on Grooveshark; to be honest, the first time I heard that “da-na-nuh-nauwahhh-nah” riff that shows up in the intro and wah’ed solo part, I thought it sounded kickarse but somewhat familliar (where did I hear it before? I swear, it reminds me of the bass riff to Ride’s “Seagull”, which itself is swiped from The Beatles’ “Taxman”.), and got disappointed when they chucked that out for generic power poppery.

    Forget the rest of the song, they should’ve just saved that riff and milked it like Ride did on “Seagull”. Or at least do a really fast funk-rock Beastie Boys thing, like “Pow!” from Check Your Head…

    Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 9:06 am | Permalink

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *
*
*