Weezer remains beloved by its legions of fans. According to Nielsen SoundScan, 2008's "Weezer" has sold 443,000; the group's debut, 1994's "Weezer" (a.k.a. "The Blue Album") has sold 3.3 million copies, followed by 2001's "Weezer" (a.k.a. "The Green Album") at 1.6 million copies. Even what was once considered a commercial flop, 1996's "Pinkerton" has sold an impressive 852,000. Over the years , Weezer has excelled at writing hook filled rock songs that sound anthemic, while retaining a distinct humor and wit within the lyrics. Songs like "Buddy Holly," "Undone- The Sweater Song," and "Say It Ain't So," became 1990's alt-rock staples and this decade, they've continued that tradition with "Hash Pipe" from 2001's "Weezer" and "Beverly Hills," from 2005's "Make Believe." An early leak of "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" is receiving a warm online reception, indicating Cuomo and crew could be well on their way to another hit.
Still, Cuomo says "Raditude" follows in the footsteps of the band's prior work in terms of the recording process. Although he described it as "going at a relaxed pace," it still came with its set of challenges. "I think making a rock record is rarely easy or smooth," he says. "It requires a lot of work and sometimes you have to write more songs that end up on the record; sometimes you have to go back and re-record a song more than once. Sometimes you have to switch studios or producers, you have to go on a bit of an exploration about what it is you're trying to make. And in those regards, I think 'Raditude' is pretty much normal. It wasn't necessarily easier or harder."
In related news, Cuomo was in the studio just this week, laying down the final vocal tracks for the "Let's Write A Sawng" project, where he enlisted the help of fans via Youtube for the material. "I think it's called "Turn It Up." It's not going to be on 'Raditude,' but Weezer will release it, sometime in the near future."
Also in the works is a double-disc expanded version of "Pinkerton," but Cuomo hasn't started working on it quite yet. "We'll include a lot of outtakes, demos and songs from that era that people haven't heard yet. There's a lot of material, but I enjoy the process of going through it all and remembering what that time was like."
As for the album's title, "Raditude," Cuomo got the idea from a new friend, Rainn Wilson from the television series "The Office." "He has a super-rock persona," Cuomo explains. "When it came time to find a title for the Weezer album, I asked him what he thought the ultimate album title would be and he said 'Raditude.'"
Weezer joins blink-182 this Sunday (Aug 23) for a three week tour of North American amphitheatres.