Friday, August 21, 2009

The Slayer T-shirt Fit the Scene Just Right

Weezer - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You ToBack in high school - don't you love posts that start this way?

Anyway, back in high school I lunched with a guy with a righteous mullet - even righteouser than mine - who always wore ridiculous metal shirts. My favorite was one that sported the advice: "Cop a vicious raditude!" I enjoyed how nonsensical and contrived it seemed. My buddy never heard the end of it until we parted ways at graduation.

Now we all know Rivers Cuomo is a bit of a metal guy so I can't help but wonder if he has been inspired by said shirt, especially given the lyrics to the first single (hear below and note the title of this post). The new Weezer album will be called Raditude.

"The sound of "Raditude" is fun, high energy pop rock," Cuomo tells
Fine with me. I'll give it a shot. There's something cool about the shared experience of being aware of what might be the very same t-shirt. But let's be honest - I mostly stopped paying attention to the band after the green album, although admittedly the blue album is a 90s classic.

Raditude is due out October 27. Cop your own vicious raditude by previewing the first single from the album - Stereogum has the new tune with a mouthful of a title: (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To. It's a promising piece of power pop.

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