"Hash Pipe" is a song by American rock band Weezer. Released in 2001, it was the first single off the band's third album Weezer (The Green Album), and the only one of the Summer Songs of 2000 songs to make it onto the album, although "Dope Nose" and "Slob" were released on Maladroit.

"Hash Pipe"
HashPipe.jpg
Single by Weezer
from the album Weezer (The Green Album)
B-side
  • "I Do"
  • "Starlight"
  • "Teenage Victory Song"
ReleasedApril 2001 (2001-04)
Format
Recorded
GenreAlternative rock, hard rock
Length3:06
LabelGeffen
Songwriter(s)Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s)Ric Ocasek
Weezer singles chronology
"Pink Triangle"
(1997)
"Hash Pipe"
(2001)
"Island in the Sun"
(2001)
Audio sample
Music video
"Hash Pipe" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

According to an interview with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, "Hash Pipe" was written on the same night as the song "Dope Nose" off Maladroit. The story goes that Cuomo took "a bunch of Ritalin and had like three shots of tequila," paced around for a while, then wrote both songs.[1]

Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson is featured on the cover of the song's CD single.[2] Since late 2001, the band has played the song live with a reworked guitar solo that no longer follows the verse melody.

CompositionEdit

With a tempo of 128 bpm, "Hash Pipe" is composed in the key of A minor.[3] The opening line, "I can't help my feelings, I go out of my mind", is quoted from The Beatles' "You Can't Do That".

Music videoEdit

The video for the song was directed by Marcos Siega, the first of many Weezer videos that Siega would direct. In the video, Weezer is shown playing while a group of sumo wrestlers are standing in the background.[4] As the song progresses, the wrestlers are shown wrestling and during the guitar solo, the wrestlers play the band members' instruments as the members watch from the background. During the final chorus, guitarist Brian Bell performs a move in which he bends backwards, taking the guitar with him, then thrusts his legs in the way he's bending. This move has become known among Weezer fans as "the impossible bend."[5] According to the mini book that accompanies the Video Capture Device DVD, Siega was asked to avoid referring to the lyrics of the song for the video, due to its themes of homosexual prostitution and drug references.

ReceptionEdit

AllMusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine chose "Hash Pipe" as one of the 4 highlights from the album.[6]

Slant Magazine writer Sal Cinquemani wrote that the song "is further evidence of the band's punk rock origins, with its crunchy guitar licks and sticatto vocals scorched with the residual edge leftover from the alt-rock boom".[7]

AXS thought it was the band's seventh best song.[8]

Track listingsEdit

Radio station promo

  1. "Hash Pipe" – 3:06

US CD retail CD/US retail 7″ single (black vinyl)

  1. "Hash Pipe" – 3:06
  2. "I Do" – 2:10

UK retail CD

  1. "Hash Pipe" – 2:51
  2. "Starlight" – 3:35
  3. "Hash Pipe" (Jimmy Pop remix)
  4. "Hash Pipe" (CD-ROM video)

UK retail 7″ single (green vinyl)

  1. "Hash Pipe" – 2:52
  2. "Teenage Victory Song" – 3:11

US promo remix 12″ single (black vinyl)

  1. "Hash Pipe" (Jimmy Pop remix)
  2. "Hash Pipe" (Chris Vrenna's Kick Me remix)
  3. "Hash Pipe" (Chris Vrenna's Under Glass remix) – 4:13

Dutch retail CD

  1. "Hash Pipe" – 3:06
  2. "I Do" – 1:53
  3. "Starlight" – 3:21
  4. "Hash Pipe" (Jimmy Pop remix) – 3:22

Commercial performanceEdit

"Hash Pipe" reinvigorated the group's success on the charts, peaking at number two on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, number 24 on its Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and number 16 on the Canadian Singles Chart.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[9] 16
Canada Rock Chart[10] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 37
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 74
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 21
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 2
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[16] 24

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eliscu, Jenny. "Rivers Cuomo's Encyclopedia of Pop". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  2. ^ weezer.com tunes page - page 3 Archived 2007-12-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Weezer "Hash Pipe" Sheet Music musicnotes.com
  4. ^ Luerssen D., John. Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story. ECW Press, 2004, ISBN 1-55022-619-3 p. 335
  5. ^ "The Impossible Bend". Weezerpedia. Archived from the original on 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Weezer (Green Album) – Weezer". AllMusic. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (May 15, 2001). "Weezer: Weezer (The Green Album)". Slant Magazine. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  8. ^ https://www.axs.com/the-10-best-weezer-songs-30861
  9. ^ "Weezer Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |magazine= (help)
  10. ^ "Weezer Performing Free Toronto Show". Chart Attack. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 27, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Weezer – Hash Pipe" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "Weezer Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  16. ^ "Weezer Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2018.

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