The lyrics to Weezer’s new single, “Memories” (from their forthcoming eighth album, Hurley ) paint a picture of the band back when they first began playing clubs and trying to scrape together a living on the backs of the songs from their landmark self-titled debut.
“I had been married for a few months and had been in school for the semester before that, and basically I had been away from the band and the rock world for a while,” frontman Rivers Cuomo told MTV News. “I was really missing it, and just sitting there alone in my room missing the fans and missing my band, so ’Memories’ is about getting back in there.”
So when they decided to shoot the video — which premieres Thursday (September 9) on MTV, right after an all-new episode of “Jersey Shore” — it’s no wonder the group decided to call some old friends.
Those friends? Johnny Knoxville, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, Steve-O and the rest of the crew from “Jackass” (who also happen to have a brand-new movie, “Jackass 3-D,” hitting theaters in October). They got together for what “Jackass” director Jeff Tremaine calls “an old-school skate jam,” featuring a cavalcade of extreme tricks in and around an empty pool.
Like most Weezer videos, “Memories” relied on unpredictability. “We’re kind of making it up as we go along, to be honest,” Knoxville told MTV News when we visited the set last month. “We brought funny hats and some Super 8 cameras. I think that’s the video. Are we over-selling it?”
With the low-fi cameras and the rapid-fire editing, the “Memories” video closely resembles a DIY skate video from the ’80s — something the guys went for on purpose, starting with the location.
“It really is a legendary spot,” Tremaine said. “It made sense once we decided what we were doing. It’s from ’The Search for Animal Chin,’ a legendary skate video from back in the ’80s — ’87 or ’86 — that the Bones Brigade made. That was Tony Hawk’s team. They filmed in here, and it became an old, classic skate spot.”
Don’t miss the premiere of Weezer’s “Memories” video on MTV, Thursday (September 9) at 5 p.m.