Weezer: It's Not, no it IS about Lost’s Hurley

It’s a mystery almost
as compelling as the entire run of the TV series Lost!


By Fred Mills


You can tell it’s a slow news day when not only blogs but
mainstream music media outlets like Billboard are jumping what’s got to be pretty marginal stuff with equal vigor. The latter
is reporting that the new Weezer album, due Sept. 14 on Epitaph and titled Hurley (as in, the character “Hurley” on
Lost – see internet mock-up of
proposed album art, above), was in fact not inspired by that show’s Jorge
Garcia but rather by Hurley International, a surf-skate company.


Billboard  and New
York Magazine
cite as proof a recent interview with Weezer guitarist Brian
Bell about the origin of the album title. Bell
is quoted as saying:



“The inspiration came
from a surf company called Hurley, that was funding the record at the beginning
of the recording process. And we actually did some sort of advertisement … I
don’t even know how they’re tied in so much, although, we got some clothes and
we did a photo shoot where we’re wearing these clothes, and I think we’re
selling these clothes in malls. So how that’s tied in, I don’t know. I think
it’s this whole like … tying in different medias,and then using Hurley, the
character from
Lost, which I’ve never seen
in my life, as our mascot almost, for this record, is somewhat postmodernistic
maybe. I hope people don’t look at it as too jokey. Cause it certainly comes
across that way, without reading into it a little more deeply. That’s it as far
as the name and the album cover goes.”


Then this morning New
York Magazine
turned around and revealed that after the quote circulated, Bell wound up posting a
retraction on the band’s website:


“Recently I did an
interview in Denver
where I was asked why we called the album Hurley. I mistakenly said that Hurley
funded the album. I later found out that it wasn’t true at all. Weezer paid for
every penny of this recording. The reason the record is called “Hurley” is
because Hurley (Jorge Garcia) is on the cover. We thought about leaving the
record untitled for the fourth time, but that causes a lot of problems and he
knew people would end up calling the record “Hurley” anyway. We got no money
for calling the record “Hurley.”


So there you have it. We can all rest easy now.




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