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- Posted on Oct 21st 2010 2:00PM by Charley Rogulewski
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"If everything goes according to plan, I'll be putting out a book at the end of November," Cuomo announced in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. "That's a collection of all my journals, emails, letters, photos, school papers -- everything from those years '94-'97, so you get an inside look as to exactly what I was thinking." In addition to the 'Pinkerton'-inspired tome, Cuomo plans to release the third volume in his 'Alone' sessions that will also go back to outtakes from the 'Pinkerton' era.
With 'Pinkerton' mania in full effect, the saga behind Weezer's critically bashed follow-up to their self-titled breakthrough, aka 'The Blue Album,' is best heard from the horse's mouth.
"I was frustrated with the reception that our first album had received," Coumo explained of writing 'Pinkerton.' "What I was hearing was that people thought we were a jokey, shallow, corporate version of the Pixies. I wanted to be taken more seriously. I wrote the second album, 'Pinkerton,' very carefully trying to avoid anything that would've made it seem like a novelty act, which I assumed was happening on the first record."
"It was such a personal record to me," Cuomo admitted. "I was saying, 'OK, world. Here's the truth, here's what I'm really like. Part of me assumed that it was going be successful and I'd become this superstar because the record was so focused on me. It came out and sold a 10th of 'The Blue Album.' It was an incredible drop. It wasn't just commercial -- the critics pretty much uniformly hated it. It was just the beginning of online feedback, so you could go on Amazon and see all the negative feedback from the fans from the first record. Boy, that was just crushing, all of that together. It took awhile to build up the confidence to get back into songwriting."
The 'Pinkerton' deluxe edition and 'Death to False Metal' are due out Nov. 2. Weezer's 'Blinkerton' tour, in which they'll perform their debut and 'Pinkerton' over two nights in each city, kicks off Nov. 26.