One good meta cover deserves another. So, less than two months after Weezer's homage to Toto's "Africa" gave the band their biggest radio hit in years -- as well as a new go-to guaranteed crowd pleaser on their current summer tour -- the good men of Toto are returning the favor. As reported by Stereogum, KROQ Los Angeles DJs Ted Stryker and Kevin Klein challenged Toto on air to cover a Weezer song last week and, wouldn't you know it? Guitarist Steve Lukather was listening to the station and called in to reveal that Toto had already been working on a Weezer cover on their own.
The choice might surprise you, though. The group chose "Hash Pipe" from 2001's The Green Album, which features the iconic refrain "Oh come on and kick me/ Oh you've got your problems/ Oh I've got my ass wide/ Oh you've got your big G's/ I've got my hash pipe." Toto drummer Steve Porcaro told KROQ, "You know, we listened to ‘Beverly Hills.’ I wanted to maybe even do a real ‘Africa’-type version of that, I was thinking about for a minute. But you know what? We wanted to make it different, but we wanted to do something rock ‘n’ roll. I wanted to show everyone what a good rock ‘n’ roll band we can be. I love the band. I love their music. [Lead singer] Joseph [Williams] and I were listening to different ones trying to figure out which ones he’d like to sing and we settled on ‘Hash Pipe.'”