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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 09:57

Pinkerton Reissue Revives Forgotten Memories for WeezerIn April, following the expiry of its contract with Geffen Records, Weezer announced plans for a deluxe, expanded edition of its 1996 sophomore album Pinkerton. Yesterday, Weezer revealed the details of the Pinkerton reissue, which is due to be released on November 2nd.

"We're always planning and scheming something," bassist Scott Shriner said in the original announcement. Reported by Reuters news agency, he added that the group was also assembling an "Odds and Ends" collection of rarities. "It's a ton of B-sides from a big period of time," Shriner said. "Rivers [Cuomo] has been mostly in charge of picking which songs are gonna be on that." He continued, "There's so many cool things that we've recorded for records that never made the [albums], I think they had to get out there. Finally it's going to happen." At the time, the impression was that this was going to be a separate release.

Even better news is that the two-disc deluxe reissue of cult classic Pinkerton includes many B-sides, rariites, and never-before-released material, as Weezer continues to stoke nostalgia hot-on-the-heels of recent announcements of dates for their Memories (previously known as Blinkerton) tour. Beginning at the end of November, the band is due to play their landmark 1994 debut album, The Blue Album, as well as Pinkerton in back-to-back shows.

The first disc of the deluxe edition features the remastered Pinkerton, plus the album's B-sides, radio remixes, and the unreleased track "I Swear It's True." The second disc includes 16 demo or alternate versions of songs, live performances and radio sessions recorded throughout the album tour, plus four unreleased tracks. In the main, the live songs come from performances at Reading, and radio sessions in Philadelphia and Salt Lake City, and include a lunchtime set recorded at a high school near Seattle. Most of the songs have not been played since the band's initial support tour for Pinkerton.

One of those previously unheard tracks, "Tragic Girl," is an undocumented, last-minute recording from the Pinkerton sessions, which has been forgotten for over a decade. Two of the other unreleased tracks, "You Won't Get With Me Tonight" and "Long Time Sunshine," were originally planned for Songs from the Black Hole, an unreleased, unfinished album originally programmed as the follow-up to The Blue Album. Weezer's Rivers Cuomo originally envisioned this album as a seamless flow of tracks transed together in the form of a space-themed rock opera.

Pinkerton Deluxe Edition shall be available in stores November 2nd, courtesy of Interscope Records.

 

Pinkerton Deluxe Edition track list:

DISC ONE

Original album:
1. "Tired Of Sex"2. "Getchoo"3. "No Other One"4. "Why Bother?"5. "Across The Sea"6. "The Good Life"7. "El Scorcho"8. "Pink Triangle"9. "Falling For You"10. "Butterfly"

B-Sides and more:
11. "You Gave Your Love To Me Softly"12. "Devotion"13. "The Good Life (Radio Remix)"14. "Waiting On You"15. "I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams"16. "The Good Life (Live and Acoustic)"17. "Pink Triangle (Radio Remix)"18. "I Swear It's True"*19. "Pink Triangle (Live and Acoustic)"

DISC TWO

1. "You Won't Get With Me Tonight"*2. "The Good Life (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)"*3. "El Scorcho (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)"*4. "Pink Triangle (Live at Y100 Sonic Session)"*5. "Why Bother? (Live at Reading Festival 1996)"*6. "El Scorcho (Live at Reading Festival 1996)"*7. "Pink Triangle (Live at Reading Festival 1996)"*8. "The Good Life (Live at X96)9. "El Scorcho (Live and Acoustic)"*10. "Across The Sea Piano Noodles"*11. "Butterfly (Alternate Take)"*12. "Long Time Sunshine"*13. "Getting Up And Leaving"*14. "Tired Of Sex (Tracking Rough)"*15. "Getchoo (Tracking Rough)"*16. "Tragic Girl"*

*Previously unreleased

 

Memories tour dates announced:

November 26 & 27, Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre.

November 29 & 30, San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 12:57
 

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DETROIT (Billboard) - Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill is confident that organizers of the upcoming Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco will keep stray pigeons as far away from the stage as possible. But, the drummer notes, "we're bringing a couple of muzzle loaders, just in case."

He's kidding, of course. But while answering questions about the infestation of defecating pigeons that forced the cancellation of the band's July 23 show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Mo., Followill told Billboard.com that the incident turned into a much bigger story than the band had anticipated.

"I think us trying to be the real-life Spinal Tap just got a little closer for us," Followill said during a conference call to promote the Outside Lands performance on August 15. "I think in the end, it's going to help us more than it hurt us. It's just one of those things that happened, and looking back on it now it's a lot funnier than it was at the time. But we really felt bad for the fans -- especially those that had driven a ways and stood out in the heat all day. But sometimes, y'know, s*** happens -- in this case literally.

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