Considering I have probably listened to “Buddy Holly” as much as any song in my life, it’s a little jarring to hear Rivers singing it in such a different format. But I’ll take this performance a million times over every other new Weezer cover of some other band’s hit. “Buddy Holly” is a perfect song, so hearing it in any style is a good thing, especially if it gets people to listen to the original version. Which you should definitely do right now. (Or better, watch it—it does have one of the best music videos ever.)
Now, as an old school Weezer diehard (could you tell?) whose all-time favorite record is the flawless Blue Album, I am morally obligated to point out this isn’t even close to the band’s best barbershop quartet performance ever. That title easily goes to their Blue Album B-side “My Evaline,” which has been stuck in my head for so long it now has squatter’s rights in my brain.
A Weezer “cover” just gave us the perfect excuse to play a deep, old-school Weezer track. This is like if the news that a dog bit a man led to use watching the video for “Undone.”
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