Weezer – Island In The Sun —Powerpop Friday

This was the second single from their self-titled Weezer album in 2001, but it almost didn’t make the album producer Ric Ocasek fought for it and the song ended up being a radio hit in the UK. I remember listening to it on an alternative station here in Nashville.

The song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Alternative chart and #31 in the UK.

This is the most-licensed track in the Weezer catalog. Frontman Rivers Cuomo said: “The funny thing is, the song wasn’t a real radio hit. I can only speculate that it’s because the song has a cleaner guitar sound, which makes it easier for a more mainstream audience.”

From Songfacts

Weezer started recording this on January 1, 2001 at Cello Studios in Los Angeles, which used to be a part of Western Studios, where Frank Sinatra, The Mamas And The Papas and The Beach Boys all recorded. Sometime in April 2001, someone stole a copy of the master tapes and leaked the album on the Internet in unfinished form. >>

Two different videos were made for this song. One shows the band playing at a Mexican wedding, and the other, more popular version shows the band cavorting with different wild animals. This version was directed by Spike Jonze.

In 2006, Emma Roberts covered this for the soundtrack of Aquamarine.

In late 2001, the band began playing this in concert with a reworked version of the solo. In 2005, Rivers Cuomo would play this by himself on an acoustic guitar to open their encores. 

Island In The Sun

hip hip
hip hip
hip hip
hip hip

When you’re on a holiday
You can’t find the words to say
All the things that come to you
And I wanna feel it too

On an island in the sun
We’ll be playing and having fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain

hip hip
hip hip

When you’re on a golden sea
You don’t need no memory
Just a place to call your own
As we drift into the zone

On an island in the sun
We’ll be playing and having fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain

We’ll run away together
We’ll spend some time forever
We’ll never feel bad anymore

hip hip
hip hip
hip hip

On an island in the sun
We’ll be playing and having fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain

We’ll run away together
We’ll spend some time forever
We’ll never feel bad any more

Hip hip

We’ll never feel bad anymore
(hip hip)
(hip hip)
No no
(hip hip)
(hip hip)
We’ll never feel bad anymore
(hip hip)
In a island in the sun

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

13 thoughts on “Weezer – Island In The Sun —Powerpop Friday”

  1. sounds like a good destination for today too! Think winter’s on its way to you Max– here, it was mid-90s yesterday (unusually hot even for Texas), today…44 and pounding rain!! July to February in one night!

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      1. The hottest I ever remember it here was in 2012…it got up to 112. Smart people that we are…my wife and I got into our Jeep Wrangler with the top down and both of us came close to passing out.
        To be fair to us idiots…we started in the morning when it was tolerable. It was awful around mid-day.

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      2. I remember two days, about 20 years apart, when I saw it get to 100 in Ontario… that was exciting actually! Even though in both cases, I happened to be living in a house without AC…

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      3. Oh man… no fun without air conditioning… but I guess up there you wouldn’t need it as much as where you live now!

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