The meme that keeps on giving has come full circle. After Weezer scored a huge hit with their cover of Toto‘s 1982 single “Africa,” the veteran rock band has released their reciprocal take on Weezer’s 2001 hit “Hash Pipe.” And while Weezer kept things pretty close to the vest with their homage, the long-running 1980s rockers really dug into “Pipe,” slathering it with singer Steve Lukather’s yearning vocals, vintage Reagan-era keyboard flourishes and a truly epic Eddie Van Halen-style guitar solo.
Weezer’s cover hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay tally dated Aug. 11, rising 2-1. The song’s recording was inspired by an online campaign to get Weezer to cover it after a teen Weezer fan heard Toto’s original on Netflix’s Stranger Things. “Africa” has become a staple of Weezer’s live show on their summer tour and on Wednesday night (Aug. 8) it reached peak Toto when “Weird Al” Yankovic joined the band on stage in Los Angeles for an accordion-spiked cover.
Listen to Toto’s “Hash Pipe” below.