Automatic

Album: The Red Album (2008)
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Songfacts®:

  • This was written by the band's drummer Pat Wilson. For The Red Album frontman Rivers Cuomo encouraged his bandmates to step forward with their own songwriting contributions. In addition to this song, guitarist Brian Bell contributed "Thought I Knew" and "Cold Dark World," started with an idea from bass player Scott Shriner. Wilson told American Songwriter Magazine: "The last time I actually had writing credits on a Weezer record was on the first one, and for a long time I didn't write in Weezer. This time, at the beginning of the record, we just went, 'We've gotta make some changes; we have to be a little fresh in our approach,' because you can't do this for 15 years without falling into certain… I wouldn't call it a rut, but the same patterns over and over. So it just seemed natural and smart to try to broaden the singing and writing palette a little bit so we could have a direction where we could grow."

Comments: 2

  • Randy from Fayettevile, ArSuch a tuff song & I still love it. Anyway, I love their Red Album. It seems that Weezer keeps developing & is a relevant band with a huge fan-base. I luvWEEZER!
  • Rocky from Tulsa, OkYes---"Automatic" is a true gem on Weezer's Red Album. I love the sonic sounds and those lyrics. When The Red Album came out in 2008 I was a freshman in college and I heard "Automatic" on radio a lot (and even college radio) along with "Pork and Beans" and "Cold Dark World." I love the guitar work on this song. I'm glad that the other guys in Weezer got more into songwriting on this album because it showed the music world how Weezer was keeping fresh and relevant. Rock on, Weezer!!
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