On Weezer's Mystifying Red Album

The world has turned and left them here, and it'll take more than a great video to redeem them

Thus, roughly 90 percent of my affection for the song is tied to the video. And while it's tempting to interpret the clip as Weezer's way of soothing and defending all these easily mocked YouTube guys—"I'm-a do the things that I wanna do/I ain't got a thing to prove to you"—it's highly probable that the "Chocolate Rain" guy long ago stopped giving a hoot about what you think; Weezer needs his cachet far more than he needs Weezer's. "Pork and Beans" will go down as a loopy tribute to the fluky Internet superstars who now command the audience and affection that the old alt-rock elite just can't rouse up anymore. The Red Album is an often fascinating glimpse into how a band deals with that, but it also underscores how it happened in the first place.

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