Let It All Hang Out

Songfacts®:

  • This is one of two songs on Feels Like Home written by Jermaine Dupri. It was the first time the songwriter, who is best known for his songs for acts such as Mariah Carey, Usher and Janet Jackson, had ventured outside the world of hip-hop and R&B and written for a rock act. Billboard magazine asked Dupri if he'd always been a rock fan. He replied: "'I've been a big rock fan all my life and Nirvana is probably one of my favorite groups. But I also pay attention to lyrics. If you listen to "Let It All Hang Out' I have Rivers quote a Jay-Z line ["I feel like Jay-Z/This can't be life"]. I thought about it for a minute and I wondered how people were going to take it. But, I kept referencing the 'Buddy Holly record and I knew we spoke the same language. It was a perfect marriage."
  • Cuomo: "'Let It All Hang Out,' that's actually a riff I had laying around for a long time, on the electric guitar. We just needed another song, so I pulled it out. Jermaine Dupri came in and started doing a vocal line over the top of it. It's really fun." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 3

  • Randy from Fayettevile, ArMan, I love Weezer, this funky song, and its funky title. In 2009 when this was release, my Dad saw my CD & the title of the song and he said he used to have a 45 rpm single way back in the Sixties with the same title (different song, though). Weird, huh? Back off Jack, I'm gonna go "let it all hang out!"
  • Rotunda from Tulsa, OkIt seems there are two songs with this title. I've heard both, thank goodness, and I like Weezer's song. I love Weezer's songs, but especially two: "Undone" and "Hash Pipe." So fine! And I still think that Rivers is one cool & funky-looking dude. My little sister thinks Rivers is really an alien (don't ask why!). Now, the other song is by The Hombres from '67. My Dad still has his 45 rpm single of it when he bought it. He told me it was sort of a novelty song playing off the hippy scene. Well, 1967 was te big "summer of love" thing with hippies, demonstrations, anti-Vietnam War protests, acid rock, psychedelia, all going on at the same time. Dad would rample on for hours and hours about his experiences in hippy-land & about how life was back then....and how rock music was then. I think I would've loved living back then. It sounds so bizarre and weird. But I love things like that. The stranger the better. But given that, I will still love Weezer's song better. ROTUNDA says "go now----go in peace!"
  • Steve from Whittier, CaThis was also the name of a top 10 hit by a group known as [The] Hombres from the fall of the 1967. With this one, iot starts with the singer of the group coming on like a preacher offering temptations and such for a few seconds, talking quite fast and sounding a bit like an old time auctioneer in the process. The Hombres's song [the one that I know with the
    title] is recited,, with a cheesy [a compliment, actually, in this case] organ weaving in and out, with after each two refrains [no verses/chorus deal as such], a guitar riff interspering this organ a few times, then 2 minutes later, near the end, qafter the second brief riff, another spoken refrain, and then a sung coda and fade containing the lyrics "Let it all Hang out". Writers include leader B.B.Cunningham [the 1967 song, not Weezer's later one.] Basically, the song's all about relaxing and beiung the typical "hippy" slacker of that era [full of such timely catchphrases like this. Buddy Holly was the inspiraiton for the other song's group Weezer, so maybe this is the same song or they just decided to write a new song using the 1960s slang title in the songs.]
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