Perfect Situation

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"Perfect Situation"
Single by Weezer
from the album Make Believe
Released December 2005
Format CD
Recorded 2004
Genre Alternative rock, pop punk, emo
Length 4:14
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Weezer singles chronology
"We Are All on Drugs"
(2005)
"Perfect Situation"
(2005)
"This Is Such a Pity"
(2006)

"Perfect Situation" is a song by American alternative rock band Weezer. It was released as the band's third single from their fifth album, Make Believe, following "Beverly Hills" and "We Are All on Drugs."

The song is also one of their most successful songs to date as well, topping the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks for four weeks, outlasting the first single from Make Believe, "Beverly Hills", although it didn't gain the massive pop success of Beverly Hills where it hit #10 on the Hot 100 while Perfect Situation hit #51.

Radio edit[edit]

The radio edit of this song features a shortened intro, a synth track on the first and second chorus (the album version only has it on the second chorus), a reworked "oh oh" chorus and the added backup vocals of "perfect situation" over the outro. The radio edit is eight seconds shorter than the album version. The reworked chorus that appears in the radio edit was one of two ways Cuomo originally wrote the song. When touring in summer 2005, when the band prompted the crowd to sing along, they oddly enough sung it in the other way Cuomo had written it (different from the record version). Cuomo stated in an interview during the band's 2005 performance at the AOL Sessions as saying "Well, if these ten thousand people think it should go this way, maybe we should go back and re-record it."

The alternate version was put on later pressings of the album with the full intro, reworked chorus and outro.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Marc Webb, premiered on November 11, 2005 and features actress Elisha Cuthbert as the lead singer of Weeze, a fictional predecessor to Weezer, who is eventually replaced by actual frontman Rivers Cuomo. The video also features a cameo by the band's webmaster/band photographer/archivist and close friend for many years Karl Koch and like the "Beverly Hills" video, the band asked actual Weezer fans to answer a casting call to be in the video's crowd scenes [1]. A new cover for Make Believe was created for the video of Perfect Situation showing the fictional name "Weeze".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 51
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1

Personnel[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Hypnotize" by System of a Down
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
January 28, 2006 - February 18, 2006
Succeeded by
"Wasteland" by 10 Years