Island In The Sun

Album: Weezer (The Green Album) (2001)
Charted: 31

Songfacts®:

  • This was the second single from the album, following up "Hash Pipe," but it almost didn't make the album; producer Ric Ocasek fought for it and the song ended up being a radio hit.
  • Weezer started recording this on January 1, 2001 at Cello Studios in Los Angeles, which used to be a part of Western Studios, where Frank Sinatra, The Mamas And The Papas and The Beach Boys all recorded. Sometime in April 2001, someone stole a copy of the master tapes and leaked the album on the Internet in unfinished form. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2
  • Two different videos were made for this song. One shows the band playing at a Mexican wedding, and the other, more popular version shows the band cavorting with different wild animals. This version was directed by Spike Jonze.
  • In 2006, Emma Roberts covered this for the soundtrack of Aquamarine.
  • In late 2001, the band began playing this in concert with a reworked version of the solo. In 2005, Rivers Cuomo would play this by himself on an acoustic guitar to open their encores. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR, for above 3
  • This is the most-licensed track in the Weezer catalog. Frontman Rivers Cuomo told Billboard magazine: "The funny thing is, the song wasn't a real radio hit. I can only speculate that it's because the song has a cleaner guitar sound, which makes it easier for a more mainstream audience."

Comments: 12

  • Bmn from Hisuan, ArgentinaNo, Alex. That girl played on Undone. Rivers played Island In The Sun acoustically standing in the middle of the crowd.
  • Alec from Mechanicsburg, Sdthey did a concert in japan, and this girl in the audience was holding a sign that said "let me play your guitar". they brought her on stage and she got to play the guitar on this song.
  • Zane from Kenosha, WiThis is one of their best songs.
  • Heather from San Jose, Cai love this song. It really is a good song, simple and sweet.
  • Matt from Boston, MaFantastic song really another really good song well done, well done.
  • Jeff from Austin, Txfantastic song. I was kind of shocked to hear some other dude singing a version of it on a commercial the other day. I wouldnt think Rivers would ever let that happen. I dont think he needs the money, so Im kind of confused.
  • Amanda from Evergreen, Coi think weezer is an AMAZING band and this is one of my favorite songs by them....
  • Billy from Calgary, CanadaI think it's about drugs or even other 'escape' mechanisms that help you get away from reality. Key phrases here are 'And it makes me feel so fine
    I can't control my brain', which obviously means that when you do drugs or other things similar to it, you feel good, but you can't really control yourself.
  • Austin from Smallsville, NeIts about an addiction
  • James from Gettysburg, PaThis is such a cool groove. Laura Ingraham's radio talk show always ends the hour with this song.
  • Justin from Georgetown, Inweezer was alot better before "beverly hills" and "we are all on drugs" shame..
  • Izzy from Buffalo, Nyfunny that the same band that made 'we are all on drugs' and 'beverly hills' made this song. i love it! i love the music video also(the on where they're with the animals) its just so...happy!
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