Rivers Cuomo of Weezer has a special place in his heart for Nirvana and Rush
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has a broad range of musical influences. In a new column for Rolling Stone’s “Expert Opinion,” Cuomo recalls two tracks that have greatly impacted him as a musician: Nirvana’s “Aneurysm” and Rush’s “Limelight.”
Speaking about Nirvana’s “Aneurysm,” Cuomo states it’s his “very favorite Nirvana song to play as a performer.”
“To me (“Aneurysm”) has the best balance of the Bleach-era guitar riffage and the melodic catchiness and chord simplicity of ‘Nevermind,’” he wrote. “You get the best of both worlds. All the parts are super-catchy and grinding, and it has that trademark soft-loud-soft-loud Nirvana dynamic.”
Rush wasn’t as quick a sell. At first, Cuomo said he wasn’t a big Rush fan, but now, “Limelight” is one of his favorite songs.
“The solo is incredibly sad, and the emotion of the song just builds and builds,” he explained. “It’s an odd track — this singer with a really high-pitched voice, and these intellectual-sounding lyrics.”
Weezer’s latest album, “Everything Will Be Alright in the End,” arrived last month.
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