Weezer's new video for the song "We Are All on Drugs" features a whole lot of leather, a good amount of medieval chicanery, gratuitous torches, a sweet hovercraft, a bunch of enslaved humans, a really fierce-looking werewolf and absolutely no Weezer. Or any drugs, for that matter.
In fact, it's not even a real Weezer video — it's the 1985 clip for "Fear No Evil," a tune by British theatrical metal act Grim Reaper, in which the leather-clad rockers storm the stronghold of an evil wolfman and liberate his human slaves with the power of Reaper guitarist Nick Bowcott's axe and pug-faced frontman Steve Grimmett's pipes.
But why did Weez decide to join forces with the Reaper? Well, according to a post on Weezer.com, the whole thing kind of started as a joke, and spiraled out of control from there.
"This video (let's call it 'We Are All on Drugs V1.0') is a cleverly re-edited version of the 'Fear No Evil' video by Grim Reaper," the post reads. "The video was prepared as an experiment and was immediately embraced as funny and strange — not a bad match for Weezer. Mucho thanks and props to Grim Reaper for letting Weezer use the footage."
The video is actually just "We Are All on Drugs" played over the Reaper clip, with a few edits made (Cuomo's vocals now pseudo-sync up with Grimmett's mouth and his guitar solo now matches up with Bowcott's, etc.). According to Weezer's label, Geffen Records, the Grim Reaper version of "Drugs" will only see the light of day in "international" markets (i.e. the U.K. and Canada), and the band fully intends on shooting a proper video for the U.S.
Exactly when that video will be shot remains a bit of a mystery, especially since frontman Rivers Cuomo has wavered back and forth on treatments for the better part of a month. But according to Weezer.com, it'll happen soon enough, and when it does, fans will have two versions of "We Are All on Drugs" to choose from (though one will definitely be heavier on the medieval imagery).