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El Scorcho by Weezer

Album: PinkertonReleased: 1996Charted:
  • The line, "Watchin' Grunge leg drop New Jack through a press table" refers to the music scene at the time, where New Jack was losing its popularity and Grunge was becoming increasingly popular. It also has a meaning in the world of wrestling: Extreme Championship Wrestling (the ECW) was a wrestling organization where people were put through tables a lot. Johnny Grunge and New Jack were the names of two of the craziest wrestlers in the federation. >>
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    Jen - Schenectady, NY
  • The line, "I'm the epitome of public enemy" is taken from Public Enemy's song "Don't Believe the Hype." >>
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    Marshall - Sacramento, CA
  • Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo wrote this while he was studying at Harvard. He finally finished his degree - Bachelor of Arts in English - in 2006. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Cuomo borrowed some of the lyrics to this song from a paper he was reviewing in a Harvard class. He told the university's Crimson newspaper: "In Pinkerton, in 'El Scorcho,' two lines in the song are actually taken from someone else's essay in my Expos class. Because at one point, we had to do a little workshop thing, and we each got assigned to review someone else's essay. So, I reviewed this one person's essay, and I liked some of the lines in it, so I took them and used them in the song."

    These lines are "Watching Grunge Leg-drop New Jack through a press table" and "Listening to Cio-Cio San, fall in love all over again."
  • The song title was inspired by the fast-food chain Del Taco's hot sauce, "Del Scorcho," which claims to be "beyond hot."
  • That's guitarist Brian Bell saying "El Scorcho" and "Rock and Roll" at the beginning of this song and singing, "How stupid is it, won't you give me a minute? Just come up to be and say hello to my heart," during the bridge.
  • Cuomo is crushing on a cello-playing classmate in this song ("The redhead said you shred the cello"), possibly the same girl who "left her cello in the basement" in "Falling For You," another track from the Pinkerton album.
  • This was featured on the MTV comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Berger in the 2011 episode "You, Me, and Weezer."
  • During live performances, Cuomo often swaps out the Green Day reference for a different band in the lyric "I asked you to go to the Green Day concert, You said you never heard of them."
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Comments: 20

i like the Green Day reference in this song because this makes Weezer bigger success in my homeland of Ingateone. as a Weezer fan for 5 years, i am going to say that this is a powerful song.
i would also like to see Paul Chuckle do a version of this
Karl - Ingatestone, United Kingdom
Johnny Grunge was def not one of the craziest wrestlers in ECW...New Jack was though...Clubber Lange - Ocean Gate, Nj
I don't think you understand what you just said, Jeff from Texas. Cobain was one of the most influential songwriters not only of the 90's, but of all time. He never said his lyrics were "nonsense" and he was also one of Cuomo's biggest influences. Yes, I admit Cuomo's lyrics were usually more clever, but Cobain was first and his lyrics were heartfelt and painfully emotional, the John Lennon of his time. You can't compare him to Cuomo, because they were two completely different songwriters. If Kurt Cobain and Nirvana hadn't come first, there would have never been a Weezer. (By the way, that last line about "maybe if Rivers shot himself in the head he would get more credit" is completely disrespectful and insensitive. Suicide is nothing to joke about, especially when making a joke about a mentally depressed man who killed himself.)Brad - Lexington, Ky
☺ Hats off to this song, best in the big Weezer collection! ☺Fatima - Norfolk, Va
Saying Rivers' songwriting is in "Kurt Cobain territory" is an insult to Rivers. Cobain's lyrics were self-admitted nonsense. Cuomo's lyrics are very smart, witty and always paint a very vivid picture. Maybe if Rivers shot himself in the head he would get more credit.Jeff - Austin, Tx
I wish I could get my head out of the sand
'Cause I think we'd make a good team
And you would keep my fingernails clean
But that's just a stupid dream that I won't realize
'Cause I can't even look in your eyes
Without shakin', and I ain't fakin'
I'll bring home the turkey if you bring home the bacon.
Eric - Barcelona, Spain
favorite lyric : cause i can't even look in your eyes with out shakin and i ain't faking you bring home the turkey and i'll bring home the baconMadalyn - Greensburg, Pa
the song is about Miki Berenyi who dated former bassist Matt Sharp.Musicluver - La La Land, Ca
El scorcho was actually the hottest sauce at a place called Taco Viva, which I believe started out in Florida but may not have gotten much further. A precedent to Taco Bell, this place had a host of sauces - each identified with a Mexican character - poised to show the intensity of the sauce. "El Scorcho" was the hottest.Michael - Hollywood, Fl
Grunge was dead by 96'Steve - Cedar Grove, Nj
Two pluses to this song: 1) I like turkey, 2) how the music changes mood/tempo at the bridge, holy moley.Keith - Kyle, Tx
matts backing vocals make blue and pinkerton..Lexie - Sydney, Australia
Probably most peoples initial favorite the first time they listen to Pinkerton, it's kind of a departure from the seriousness of the rest of the album. I'm not a big Sharpie or anything, but Matt's backing vocals really make this song.Anthony - St. Clair Shores, Mi
For those who don't know of Extreme Championship Wrestling, I'll give you all a little insight. ECW was a wrestling company that existed from 1993 - 2001, They were known for having a great talent roster consisting of many different wrestling styles, from Lucha Libre, to Technical/Mat wrestling, to Brawling, to Hardcore action. The "Grunge" mentioned in the song is a man named Mike Durham, who wrestled as "Johnny Grunge", with his tag team partner, the late Ted "Rocco Rock" Petty as "Public Enemy", they were known for puting people through tables, usually with a moonsault. The "New Jack" mentioned in the song is Jerome Young, who wrestled as New Jack with his tag team partner Jamal "Mustapha Saed" Mustafa as "The Gangstas", a rival team to The Public Enemy. New Jack is known for his Hardcore style, & not for real talent. He has cut someone's forehead open with an X-Acto knife (that person has passed away, but not due to that), Jumped off balconys through tables, & even stabbed people in the ring in the name of Hardcore Wrestling.Chris - Andover, Mn, Mn
In the beginning of the song there is a gurgle, then the words "El scorcho, rocknroll!"

This song has a few references to madame butterfly(pinkerton is losely based on Madame Butterfly anyway). Cho Cho san is a character in it.

The video clip is in a big ballroom.. lots of lights and colours etc.
Lexie - Sydney, Australia
This song amuses me. I don't really like it, but it amuses me and makes me happy.Ashley - Moncton, Canada
For all of River's eccentricities (living in exile, tossing out great songs like they were garbage) and quiting the band after every album he is still one of the most brilliant songwriters of our generation (im talkin Kurt Cobian territory) and none of which are more prevelent than on weezer's best album Pinkerton.Zak - Philadelphia, Pa
The first guitar riff is almost identical to the riff in Crawling King Snake by The Doors.Ben - Encinitas, Ca
This is my most favorite song ever. It captures the insecurities of angst and crushes. Ditto to what Rob said too. :)Alyssa - Sumner, Wa
Brilliant song... The bridge reveals how outside appearence don't necessarily reflect the feelings on the insideRob - Castaic, Ca
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