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I don’t really know what the impetus for writing this was, but in case you were at all curious: one of my favourite late-era Weezer tracks sounds like Rivers Cuomo spent a couple hours dissecting millennial tumblr blogs then tried to write a Killers song. If that sounds like a recipe for absolute trash, well, fair enough – and “Trainwrecks” hails from the much-maligned (and half-great) Hurley, which means I’m starting off on the defensive here. But, like all great late-era Weezer songs, “Trainwrecks” isn’t hobbled by it’s potentially bad aspects but all the better for rising above them.

A stomping one-two rhythm section sees Pat Wilson and Scott Shriner largely out of the limelight, and while Brian Bell keeps the guitar-work simple, he supplements it with a fantastic warbling synth that’s less “Take On Me” than mid-era Cure. But it’s a genuinely great Rivers vocal sells the whole thing; he snarls “you don’t keep house and I’m a slob / you’re freakin’ out cos I can’t keep a job” with the vitriol of an actual 20-year-old, and sells the blink-and-you-miss-it joke – “we don’t update our blogs, we are trainwrecks” – with the deftness of a guy who’s been making jokes about being a dumbass kid most of his career.

When Rivers pushes up into to a scream, leading into an honestly moving climax of “that’s the story of our lives, we are trainwrecks”, it’s a forcible reminder that the man’s indomitable stream of crazy good melodies aren’t his only asset. It’s something of a callback to the throat-shredding yells of “Tired of Sex” and “Slob”, the latter being as much a spiritual predecessor to “Trainwrecks” as anything in Weezer’s discography. Where Maladroit was all two-minute bangers sanded down to short-and-sharp perfection, “Slob” was a notable outlier, all meandering sections and gnarly feedback – not dissimilar to what Hurley attempted to do almost a decade later. While the likes of “Memories” sound too constructedly, self-consciously garage-punk for this writer, there are a few successes, of which “Trainwrecks” is the crowning jewel – a funny, moving, somehow comforting song about the slips and tangles of moving from adolescence to adulthood. What the hell else do you want from Weezer?





Rowan5215
02.01.19
not entirely sure why this exists but enjoy

BlushfulHippocrene
02.01.19
Whoa, I love this song in the same way I love some of the new 1975 album; and I love this piece in the same way I love all your writing.

verdant
02.01.19
if anyone can convince me this is good its u pal

Rowan5215
02.01.19
lol harsh but fair lads, harsh but fair

robertsona
02.01.19
Yeah this song bangs

Rowan5215
02.01.19
ah yes a fellow man of taste

insomniac15
02.01.19
The past few days I revisited Hurley and the first 3 songs on the album are awesome. I don't know why they don't play anything off this album live anymore. Trainwrecks is probably my favorite song off the LP.

Jom
02.02.19
I enjoyed this article very much. Weezer's ratings distribution on Sputnik is a curiosity, but I can't say I disagree with certain albums being ranked lower than the obvious highlights.

Rowan5215
02.02.19
insomniac, I don't love how they sound but all of those songs are jams - obviously Trainwrecks is a fave but I fucking love Ruling Me! Unspoken and Time Flies are also really good, underrated tunes from that album

thanks Jom! the difference between this band's highs and lows is pretty clear, having said that I'm of the belief you can save every album they released by subbing in some of the b-sides

SowingSeason
02.02.19
I've come around to a lot of late-era Weezer. This song has always been a top jam, I even dig certain tracks from Ratitude (If You're Wondering If I Want You To, I Want You To) and Pacific Daydream. I'll always prefer the fumbly nerds from Blue and Pinkerton, but these guys are going to have one hell of a greatest hits collection.

Great article too, it's such a pleasure to see someone else doing track reviews.

Rowan5215
02.02.19
thanks Sowing, probably I should have figured out a hook to justify the article other than "uhhh here's a song i like"

I Want You To is such a banger, and Put Me Back Together from that album is another great one. I liked Pacific Daydream from the start but it grows on me even more in the summer - Mexican Fender, Weekend Woman, QB Blitz are too damn good

AgentDeathbat
02.04.19
this song is what beverly hills should have been

Rowan5215
02.04.19
beverly hills a fuckin banger tho

SowingSeason
02.04.19
both songs are great lol

Rowan5215
02.04.19
tempted as I am to just cover underrated Weezer shit for a bunch of blogs (y'all need to show some love to Freak Me Out) I might branch this out into some other bands tbh

Spec
02.04.19
Beverly Hills is physically painful to listen to.

Rowan5215
02.04.19
well clearly that's not where you wanna be spec

Rowan5215
02.04.19
(livin' in beverly hills)

(gimme gimme)

juiceviaorange
02.13.19
Great song and an underrated album. I cleaned my condo last night while having some beverages and literally went through every Weezer album in their discography. It was glorious.

BigHans
02.13.19
lol talk about a random song to write about

Rowan5215
02.13.19
jesus christ that's a lotta Weezer for one man juice

that's the point hans lad

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