Weezer: “Undone – The Sweater Song” (1994)

Finally, a fitting companion to those Ween discs at the end of your record collection.

Kronomyth 1.1: Here comes your men.

The first time I saw this video, I fell in love with Weezer. Bored with their own song, barely bothering to play along to the track recording, it was as if Pixies had actually liked each other, versus imploding and capturing that implosion on canvas.

Undone-The Sweater Song may be a brilliant song about breaking up or just an antisocial anthem. Either way, it perfectly captures the too-metal-for-Hootie-and-the-Blowfish but not-metal-enough-for-Metallica mood I was feeling in 1994. The video appears to use the single edit, which basically cuts the whole Helter Skelter ending short.

As an added bonus, the single was released as an extended play 7-inch (on blue vinyl!), compact disc and cassette that featured the album track, Holiday, plus two nonalbum tracks from the same sessions. “Holiday” is, of course, awesome. The other two tracks? In the words of Matt Sharp (from the “Buddy Holly” video), not so much. Mykel & Carli starts out like a Bob Dylan song, only Dylan never sang this poorly. Susanne is better, a kind of minor-key throwback that’s even more Buddy Holly than “Buddy Holly.”

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Undone – The Sweater Song (Rivers Cuomo) (4:55)
B1. Holiday (Rivers Cuomo) (3:26)

Original 7-inch EP and CD single version
A1. Undone – The Sweater Song (4:55)
A2. Mykel & Carli (2:53)
B1. Susanne (2:46)
B2. Holiday (3:26)

All tracks written by Rivers Cuomo.

Promotional CD single version
1. Undone – The Sweater Song (edit) (Rivers Cuomo) (3:58)

The Players

Produced by Ric Ocasek; recorded by Paul du Gré.

The Pictures

Photography by John V. Dunne.

The Product

Released on 7-inch single, blue vinyl 7-inch EP, CDEP and cassette EP on June 7, 1994 in the US (Geffen, DGCS7-19378) and on January 30, 1995 in the UK (Geffen, GFS/GFSTD/GFSC 85) and Germany (Geffen, GED21965); reached #57 on the US charts and #35 on the UK charts. Also released as one-track promotional CD single in 1994 in the US (Geffen, PRO-CD-4662).

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