We’re dipping back into the Far Out Vault to revisit the moment American rock icons Weezer put their own unique spin on Radiohead classic ‘Paranoid Android’.
The song, originally released by Radiohead 1997 as part of their third studio album OK Computer, was written by Thom Yorke and the band with the intentions of creating a 14-minute epic track before they later trimmed it down to size.
“We’d be pissing ourselves while we played,” Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien said in reference to a huge Jonny Greenwood organ outro which originally appeared in the song’s first take. “We’d bring out the glockenspiel and it would be really, really funny,” he added.
In what first appeared as nothing more than an experimental jam session, Radiohead soon honed their skills and made ‘Paranoid Android’ a serious composition, the band taking inspiration from Pink Floyd and the editing of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.
Discussing the track, lead singer Thom Yorke said: “Each time I’d hear it, I’d keep thinking about people doing intricate jobs in factories—working on industrial lathes—getting injured from the shock of being exposed to it.”
Given the significance of the track, and the legacy it holds within Radiohead’s discography, numerous artists have attempted to put their own spin on the song with mixed success. One such cover, a somewhat bizarre melding of different styles, Weezer took on ‘Paranoid Android’ in both a live studio version released ahead of their summer tour in 2011.
And what does Rivers Cuomo sound like when crooning over the lyrics of Thom Yorke? Well, a little strange if we’re being honest. Stream the cover version, below.