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Hash Pipe

by

Weezer



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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.
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Comments (24):

Just gotta add another comment. I learned that this song "Hash Pipe" was a #2 hit for Weezer on the Modern Rock charts at Billboard & million-seller. I've always thought it was a fun song, despite it being about a hash pipe & the transvestite homo prostitute. Man, Rivers really threw in a lot of wild stuff into this song, but it turned out just fine. This song was in 2001, but I hear that here in 2014 Weezer is working on a new album with producer Rick Ocasek. Can't wait for the release!
- Raunchy, Tulsa, OK
08-March 2014 --- I read that Rivers Cuomo regards this song as merely a musical exercise & not important to the band. Still, the single was a big success. The other day, my girlfriend found parody lyrics on "Hash Pipe" at another website for lyrics titled as "Ass Wipe." It is gut-busting hilarious. Go check it out! My day is ruined - now I'll never get ass wipes out of my mind!
- Rocky, Fort Smith, AR
When I first heard "Hash Pipe" in 2001 I didn't know it was about a homo transvestite prostitute. Back then, my oldest brother bought Weezer's album and we'd listen to it, including "Hash Pipe." And my brother told me (mis-told me) that it was about a kid who had a nervous breakdown. I learned the truth in some music magazine that interviewed Rivers Cuomo about it. My brothers were always giving me false info about stuff like that just for their own kicks!! But I think "Hash Pipe" is a real cool song. But I got one question. What the heck are "boogies" and why are they "outa control?" Or maybe I should just use my "ass wipes" and forget about it all.
- Raunchy, Tulsa, OK
Hey, I'm a longtime WEEZER fan & I've loved "Hash Pipe" for years. As this site says, the song came off their Green Album which has a lotta cool songs. As far as those lyrics are concerned, I always thought it was "ass wipes" and not "ass wide." I could be wrong. But I don't think so. Well----maybe I am. Naw, I can't be!!!I think I got that from some friends in high school, back when the song was so popular. Wish that Weezer would put out another album soon!
- Rocky, Fort Smith, AR
Hey, I've noticed there's some confusion on the lyrics in some sites on the Internet. Some dudes are saying the lyrics referring to "ass wipes" and "big G's" are wrong and should be "ass wide" and "big cheese." Really? Then I went onto Weezer's website & their official lyrics are under Weezerpedia & there it reaffirmed that the correct lyrics are indeed (ass wipes & big G's). So there too! And yeah, I've got mah funky ass wipes and mah big G's too!
- Rotunda, Tulsa, OK
Yeah!! I remember "Hash Pipe" off the Green Album in 2001 when I was in grad school. It was so cool with lotta airplay on college radio back then. Didn't know it was really about a transvestite prostitute until a girlfriend told me about Rivers' explanation. The melody on "Hash Pipe" is so cool. Here in 2014, I am still a solid Weezer fan & I hear from their website that they're going on a caribbean cruise/tour in early 2014. Very cool band & a very cool, but bizarre & FUN song.
- Randy , Fayettevile, AR
This song title was originally "CRACK PIPE" but the record label would not put it out under that name so they changed it to a more socially acceptable name "HASH PIPE". Also this song is about male prostitution in West Hollywood on the famous Santa Monica Blvd. and the trials and tribulations of being a prostitute.
- mark, san pedro, CA
Gwen's song "What You Waiting For" isn't a ripoff of Hash Pipe, people. It's not even close. Weezer takes the chords down and walks them into the chorus. Gwen's song beats the chords repeatedly then pushes to the chorus. Different keys, dynamics, and even solos. Both songs are great, but Hash Pipe makes Gwen's song ride in the back seat.
- bloodaxe, Lincoln, NE
The Italian words really mean: ""Let us return to old times and that will be progress".
- rozzy, Toronto, Canada
This song, as Rivers told me at a party with GNR, was about how big business, corporate powers, goverments, and anyone in power takes advantage of those "beneath them". As in citizens and workers for the machine. The "rape" of the supposed boy prostitute represents all of us in our struggle to make ends meet. The song then says we have our drugs to fight the frustration and pain that those in power bring us. The lyrics say:
Come on and kick me
Youve got your problems (dealing with keeping the populace stupid)
Ive got my ass wipe (those who figure it out and say F*ck you)
Youve got your big cheese (power has money and people that their money buys to beat you down)
Ive got my hash pipe (we have our answers, whether its dropout from drugs, or fight back within the system)
It's a brilliant song.
- bloodaxe, Lincoln, NE
The opening riff is VERY similar to Lick It Up by KISS
- Luke, Manchester, England
The line "I can't help my feelings, I'll go out of my mind" also appears in "You Can't Do That" by the Beatles.
- Andy, Arlington, VA
rivers wrote this song, along with 'dope nose' when he woke up one moring with a killer hangover caused by multiple shots of tequila and ritalin pills... who knows what either song is about...
- Trent, poteau, OK
Okay Gwen Stefani's song doesn't rip off Hash Pipe, I never even noticed a resemblance. This song is awesome, and the video cracks me up with all the sumos.
- Ashley, Moncton, Canada
tis wierd the reference to gwen stefani... in '97 weezer toured with no doubt
- lexie, sydney, Australia
Gwen's song's not called 'Tick Tock' it's called 'What You Waiting For?'
- Luke, Manchester, England
this song is awesome.. but i would have never guess it was about that.. i thught it was about like a guy who only needed to make him happy like whne hes like i got my h*** pipe... kinda odd.. <3
- Hayley, Mckinney, TX
And apparently an underage homosexual transvestite prostitute, at that. [I can't help my business if I can't get a drink...]
- Rob, Santa Monica, CA
Listen to Gwen stefanis new song (Tick Tock) It blatantly rips off the hash pipe melody!!
- Brian, Dublin, United States
This my friends, is how pop should be
- Gilliann, Dublin, Ireland
extended midget tour does not refer to Rivers' operation. The tour was dubbed 'the midget tour' as it originally had only 12 tour dates, and, as momentum grew, more tour dates were added, thus becoming the "extended midget tour" and finally, after more dates, the "hyper extended midget tour" The operation took place between their debut album('94) and pinkerton('96) while Rivers was attending harvard. The operation had nothing to do with the 5 year wait for the green album(may, 2001), Rivers came within a semester of graduation and moved back to LA to get the wheels rolling again on the weezer tour bus.

*note* the first tour to promote the album was dubbed the "hooptie tour" and took place in record store, abandon wharehouses, boxing rings, and roller skating rinks, the midget tour did not take place until after demo's for Maladroit had begun.
- kevin, utah, UT
i like thier other albums much bettter
- Melissa, Mt Holly, NC
there was a nine year difference between the blue and green albums. the three years was between the blue album and pinkerton.
- casey, monroe, WA
extend midget refers to the operation that rivers had to extend his leg as it was shorter than the other. this explains the 3 year absence between the blue and green albums.
- tim, whitchurch, hants, England
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