For the week of 9/17/2012…

“Susanne” by Weezer

I’m not a big Weezer fan, but I’ve taken a liking to “Susanne,” a song of theirs which plays over the credits at the end of Mallrats, the 1995 Kevin Smith movie.  It appeared only the Mallrats soundtrack — although it would later be added as a bonus track to the deluxe version of Weezer’s self-titled Blue Album.

The song’s backstory is as follows:  In August and September 1993, Weezer recorded their debut album with Ric Ocasek as their producer.  Even though the album was finished, however, Geffen Records sat on it until May of the following year, and even then didn’t publicize it much until “Undone (The Sweater Song)” caught fire on the radio.  Anyway, with their record in limbo, the young band’s confidence in their relationship with Geffen was no doubt a bit shaken; a Geffen assistant named Susanne reassured them and did several kind things for them, as detailed in the song.  (Susanne also worked with Guns ‘n’ Roses, hence this amusing couplet in the second verse:  “Even Izzy, Slash, and Axl Rose/when I call, you put them all on hold.”)  Anyway, to make a long story short, Rivers Cuomo showed Susanne his appreciation by writing this song for her; and that’s probably one of the sweetest things Rivers Cuomo has ever done for anyone.

Even if you don’t the backstory, though, you can enjoy this song for what it is on the surface — a ’90s love song, and a very catchy slice of Weezer’s heavy-guitar power-pop.

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