After two-plus decades doing very much their own thing, Weezer relented to peer-group pressure last year and released not one but two Toto covers. The second, a rendition of “Africa,” was a surprise hit giving the band their first No. 1 song on Billboard’s Rock Airplay Chart, their first Alternative Songs chart-leader in a decade and a first Hot 100-impacting track in over 12 years.
And when “Weird Al” Yankovic showed up in the music video as an accordion-wielding Rivers Cuomo clone, everyone was talking about Weezer.
Clearly the formula works, so Weezer ran with it for a full-length LP, The Teal Album (Crush Music/Atlantic Records), which dropped at midnight on digital music services. This time, they cover A-ha, Tears For Fears, Michael Jackson, E.L.O. and more. Of course, there's space for Toto's "Africa".