Though Weezer has been making music and entertaining the masses for nearly 30 years now, the band seems to have discovered a brand new passion in 2018: the art of the cover. If you live within walking distance of modern society, you no doubt heard Weezer’s take on the ubiquitous ’82 rock anthem “Africa” by Toto; in fact, you no doubt heard multiple variants of Weezer’s take on the number. Evidently, the popularity—or sheer artistic vigor—of this outing has inspired Weezer to try its hand at an entire album of covers, which it dropped late Wednesday night into Thursday morning, entirely to the surprise of fans the world over.
Dubbed The Teal Album, Weezer’s latest endeavor is now available for your listening pleasure on Spotify and YouTube. The album comprises the following tracks:
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears (originally recorded in 1985)
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics (originally recorded in 1983)
“Take on Me” by a-ha (originally recorded in 1985)
“Happy Together” by The Turtles (originally recorded in 1967)
“Paranoid” by Black Sabbath (originally recorded in 1970)
“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra (originally recorded in 1977)
“No Scrubs” by TLC (originally recorded in 1999)
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (originally recorded in 1982)
“Stand by Me” by Ben E. King (originally recorded in 1960)
…and yes, yes. There is indeed a cover of Toto’s “Africa” on the darn thing, so don’t you worry.
You can listen for yourself below, or on Weezer’s YouTube channel:
If this is Weezer’s new game, we can only imagine what other famous ditties await the band’s mellifluous spin. For now, this set of jams will keep us happy.