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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.
The line, "I'm the epitome of public enemy" is taken from Public Enemy's song "Don't Believe the Hype."
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.
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."