by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Here’s the thing about Weezer: you just can’t futz with Weezer. The band has been around for more than 20 years and, though recent albums have seen a drop in popularity, those earlier albums are an iconic part of our scene’s history. Weezer is a legend, and rightly so.
For that reason, it was a bold move on You Blew It!’s part to release a covers EP of tracks off Weezer’s debut self-titled, also commonly known as “The Blue Album,” in honor of its 20th anniversary.
This EP, cleverly titled “You Blue It,” is only five songs long, and features “My Name Is Jonas,” “Surf Wax America,” “In The Garage, “Only in Dreams,” and b-side “Susanne.” It’s a risky thing to cover such well-loved songs, but I think what makes You Blew It! so successful is that they realized right away that there was no way to improve upon what Weezer created. So they didn’t try.
The band’s version of “My Name Is Jonas” is slightly less sunny than the original, but the differences stop there. You Blew It! remains loyal to the song’s melodic pop punk roots, and lead singer Tanner Jones’ voice even sounds like a bolder Rivers Cuomo at times. The last minute and a half completes the track with its brassy harmonica tune, all while eagerly building towards its conclusion.