Pick U Up

Album: For Your Entertainment (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • Rivers Cuomo, co-founder, lead singer and principal songwriter for Weezer, is one of the writers on this song, along with Lambert and Greg Wells ("I Not Hook Up," by Kelly Clarkson).
  • Cuomo told Rolling Stone that he originally penned this for his band. He said: "It's one of my favorite songs I ever wrote. For some reason, Weezer didn't want to record it for Raditude. I figured it would end up on the next record and it just didn't fit this time around. Then I was invited to sit in with Adam Lambert and watch him sing, and he was checking out the song. And as it turns out, he came up with a few ideas for it for himself, changed the melody around, suggested some lyric changes and before you knew it, I was writing a song with Adam Lambert."
  • Cuomo told MTV News that this song draws from a fantastically eclectic combination of sounds. "It sounds like a combination of ABBA, with beautiful pop melodies, and a disco beat like you'd hear in a Donna Summer song," he said. "But then there is this heavy guitar feel to it, like from [German techno-metal band] Rammstein or something. It's just a wonderful hybrid of all the music I love."

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