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Lead singer Rivers Cuomo calls this "A totally insane song about a homosexual transvestite prostitute."
This was Weezer's first release in 5 years. Rivers Cuomo went into seclusion after their second album, and this was the first single from their comeback album.
Because of the song's content, their record label did not want to release this as the first single. The band fought them on it and won.
A hashpipe is a device used for smoking hashish, a potent form of marijuana.
MTV wanted Weezer to change the title to "Half Pipe" for the video so they could appeal to the skateboard crowd and avoid the drug reference. Weezer refused, so MTV played the video with the word "Hash" obscured. They listed the title as H*** Pipe.
Nine Sumo wrestlers are in the video. Nine are real wrestlers, the other 3 are just fat guys.
At 2001 Video Music Awards, MTV announced this as "Hash Pipe," but still wrote the title as H*** Pipe when it was nominated for an award.
The tour to support the album was called the "Extended Midget Tour."
The Italian words inside the album, "Torniamo all antico e sara un progresso" means "Let's go back to ancient and will be a step forward." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
According to Kerrang! January 29, 2011, Cuomo has since said, "It's obviously not our favorite song," adding that he injected it with no feeling at all, but viewed it simply as a musical exercise.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Little Big Town
"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."
Did Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?
A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.