Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has opened up about the mixed response to their sophomore album Pinkerton upon its release in 1996.
“[The tracks in Pinkerton] are the most complex songs and they’re the most emotional songs,” he said.
“And yet, the way we recorded is so raw, four-piece rock noise. I’d be really interested to hear that with an orchestra.”
“[It] was supposed to be our magnum opus and it just got destroyed – and it’s almost like the game over for our band”.
Despite any backlash, Cuomo said he is proud of the album, particularly his vocals.
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“Especially, I love the sound of my voice… it’s very low in the mix. I’d love to hear a remix of the vocal louder, but there’s just so much pain and vulnerability in my voice.”
“I don’t know if this is disillusioning at all, but I think some of the pain you hear in my voice [on ‘Pinkerton’] is actually physical,” he continued.
“At that time I was going through this procedure on my leg where I had all these pins and spikes and wires going through my muscle and bone, and for a year and a half, and this is constant pain. And right in the middle of that, I went and recorded the vocals for the album.”
“So I just sound like I’ve been through a lot and I think some of that is physical. And maybe if you want to have a really great vocal performance, you could consider some kind of self-torture device…”