Songs About Los Angeles: “Beverly Hills” by Weezer

I tend to notice that there are two kinds of Weezer fans. The first group, which I consider myself a member of, gets the joke, appreciates the sarcasm, and sees that most of their songs are laced with a bit of disgust fueled by another group of people who happen to comprise most of the second group. These folks don’t get the joke, miss all the attacks, and just think the songs rock. There’s also a third group, though I don’t consider them fans – these are people who hate them because they have catchy songs and write them off as being superficial and never looked to see what was just below the level.

A fantastic example of that is their song Beverly Hills, the chorus of that which sings “Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be..” and then follows up with a few catchy lines that lend themselves perfectly to commercials. When that came out I remember so many insanely expensive cars blasting it. It was endlessly amusing to see clearly rich as hell fashion obsessed people singing along to lines like this:

Where I come from isn’t all that great
My automobile is a piece of crap
My fashion sense is a little whack
And my friends are just as screwy as me

There’s something kind of magical about selling insults directly to the people you are insulting and Weezer has been pulling that off since they began fantasticly. Of course this fits right in with my view of Los Angeles. Everyone not from here thinks it’s this big fake mecca, where as everyone from knows it’s one of the most honest places on the planet, even about the fake stuff. We aren’t laughing with you, we’re laughing at you. Weezer took that attitude and attached them to catchy beats. Weezer captures that with Beverly Hills, not by aspiring to be something else but by being entirely comfortable with what they are even knowing full well it’s not what other people think they should be comfortable with.

The truth is…I don’t stand a chance
Its something that you’re born into…
And I just don’t belong…

No I don’t – I’m just a no class, beat down fool
And I will always be that way
I might as well enjoy my life
And watch the stars play


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