What began as simple fan-service—an Ohio teenager had repeatedly tweeted at the Californian band to cover the song—has resulted in one of their biggest hits in years. It has gone viral on the internet and the charts since its May release, and now, the cover has received a thigh-slapper of a visual, starring “Weird Al” Yankovic as Rivers Cuomo.
The clip pays homage to Weezer’s video for “Undone (The Sweater Song),” but it centers on the satirist’s exaggerated antics, including an expressive accordion solo. It’s going to get weird—you have been warned.
And in case you missed it, Toto responded to Weezer’s cover with their own rendition of the latter’s 2001 hit, “Hash Pipe,” at a concert in Vancouver last summer. “We figured since we were smoking hash since before they were born, that’s the one we should do,” guitarist Steve Lukather said to the crowd at the show. “This is our tribute to Weezer, god bless ’em.”
Fingers crossed we get a music video for that one, too. In the meantime, check out the visual for Weezer’s “Africa” here: