Watch Weezer perform "Africa" live with Toto's Steve Porcaro on synth


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/06/13/watch-weezer-perform-africa.html


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#3

I bless the Rains of Castamere.


#4

What about blessing Rainn Wilson, down in Africa?


#5

Imagine it’s 1988 and Bob Dylan scores a comeback hit with a faithful cover of Perry Como’s 1955 hit Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So).

That’s what this is.


#6

The original version is way better. Sorry internet memes.


#7

Watched the original video after that for the first time and understand now that humanity must be annihilated ASAP.


#8

I accept your conclusion but reject your premise.


#9

Anne, it has been 19 years. I am willing to concede your point about Weezer.


#10

I reach for my asthma inhaler ever time I here a Weezer song.


#11

I bless the chickens down in Africa.


#12

Too close to the original. I want a goddamn wall of guitar. Y’know, Weezer.


#13

I seldom criticise bands & musicians. Here I’ll make an exception. What is the antonym of passion?


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Am I nuts or did they slow down 10 BPM over the course of the song? Like, keys were dragging and the drummer gave up?

Edit: Yep, 94 to 90 BPM, give or take.


#15

I hear the drums echoing tonight.
She hears only whispers of these homies dissing my girl.


#16

This is what you are looking for my child.


#17

This! I have been putting a playlist together for several days - it includes two covers of Africa. When I saw that Weezer had covered it, I watched with great anticipation, thinking I might add or swap one for this…only to have that anticipation fade to antipathy. What a boring cover of a great song!

Were they really tired or just don’t “feel” the song? It completely lacked any passion, drive, or interest. Even the keyboard solo was just a few seconds - did they not pay him enough to improv a little and make it something special?

What I want in a cover is a new, interesting rendition of a good song - this was a milquetoast version that was very close to the original…only with less passion.


#18

Obligatory… I can’t help it:


#19

Gimme Weezer every time. Toto was never the same after Desmond left.


#20

Have we now reached peak irony?

A catchy song, with incredibly self-absorbed lyrics, about seeing nothing but one’s own navel while traveling in postcolonial Africa. “It is the love child of imperialism and Muzak.”