Thursday, June 25, 2020

25 June 2020 - Weezer - Africa

One of the most requested covers for me to post is this one.

It was similarly frequently requested that Weezer cover this Toto classic.  It was a Cleveland teenager named Mary Klym who requested that Weezer cover "Africa" on Twitter.

On May 24th, 2018, Weezer replied by posting this song.

Yes, I, like Weezer, am making you wait with a classic troll job you didn't see coming.   For a troll job, it was a magnificent cover.

And, let's get this argument out of the way.  "Rosanna" is a better song than "Africa".  Only one of those songs won Record of the Year for Toto, and it was NOT "Africa".

Five days later, they released "Africa" and it was pretty magnificent in its own right.  However, eagle-eyed viewers will notice that ain't Weezer in the video.  In a parody of the video for their early single "Undone", the band are replaced a different band.  In the words of NPR:
So, to review, what you've got here is a video of a left-field cover that doubles as a "Weird Al" Yankovic parody of a different video by the band that performs the left-field cover.

For his part, Weird Al did appear with the band live in a cover of this song.

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