El Scorcho

by Jess Baldwin

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This tune is my favorite track from my favorite Weezer album: Pinkerton. My good friend and uber-amazing singer-songwriter Jared Mahone agreed to help a fun cover of it come to life.

Everything about the track is an homage to Weezer and the original album. Under the iconic guitar solo, the rest of the band plays another iconic Weezer guitar solo from "Beverly Hills" (good call, Jeff Martin!). There are also some references to "Madame Butterfly," the opera whose character Pinkerton was Cuomo's inspiration for the album title. (Cuomo felt somewhat like Pinkerton during the Blue Album tour.) After the basic tracks had been recorded and it was time to add some icing to the cake, Jared had a dream where he heard samples from the opera worked into the tune. He promptly woke up, ordered an LP from eBay at 4AM, and made a literal dream come true. (Listen for the horns in the chorus and the buildup to the bridge.) Illustrator Leigh Cox Bond incorporated the opera reference into the album art, as well.

We had a blast putting this together. Hope you enjoy it.

lyrics

Oh man you half-Japanese girls
Do it to me every time
Oh, the redhead said you shred the cello
And I'm jello, baby
But you won't talk, won't look, won't think of me
I'm the epitome of public enemy
Why you wanna go and do me like that?
Come down on the street and dance with me

I'm a lot like you so please, hello, I'm here, I'm waiting
I think I'd be good for you and you'd be good for me

I asked you to go to a Weezer concert
You said you never heard of them
How cool is that?
So I went to your room and read your diary:
Watching Grunge leg drop New-Jack through a presstable...
And then my heart stopped:
Listening to Cio-Cio San, fall in love all over again.

I'm a lot like you so please, hello, I'm here, I'm waiting
I think I'd be good for you and you'd be good for me

How stupid is it? I can't talk about it
I gotta sing about it and make a record of my heart
How stupid is it? Won't you gimme a minute
Just come up to me
And say hello to my heart
How stupid is it? For all I know you want me too
And maybe you just don't know what to do
Or maybe you're scared to say: 'I'm falling for you'

I wish I could get my head out of the sand
Cos I think we'd make a good team
And you would keep my fingernails clean
But that's just a stupid dream that I won't realize
Cos I can't even look in your eyes without shaking, and I ain't faking
I'll bring home the turkey if you bring home the bacon

I'm a lot like you so please, hello, I'm here, I'm waiting
I think I'd be good for you and you'd be good for me

I'm a lot like you
I'm a lot like you
I'm a lot like you
And I'm waiting
I think I'd be good for you and you'd be good for me

credits

released September 16, 2016
Written by Rivers Cuomo
Vocals: Jess Baldwin
Production, Arranging, Programming, Editing, Postproduction: Jared Mahone
Guitar: Jeff Arszman
Keys: Aaron White
Bass: Cody Aledia
Drums: Joel Lugo
Percussion: Matt Holley
Sound Engineering: Jeff Martin (Frequency Factory)
Mixing: Mike Landolt
Mastering: Brian Lucey (Magic Garden Mastering)
Album Art: Leigh Cox Bond and Joe Ryckebosch

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Jess Baldwin Marietta, Ohio

Jess Baldwin's voice has been described as “world class,” “effortless,” and “pure beauty.” She inhabits diverse musical worlds in the recording studio and on stage. She appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage in 2013, was a quarterfinalist in the 2015 American Traditions Competition, and won Best Cover Song in the 2015 Ohio Music Awards. ... more

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