The Good Life (Weezer song)

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"The Good Life"
Single by Weezer
from the album Pinkerton
Released 1996
Format CD, Cassette, Vinyl
Recorded September 1995 - June 1996
Genre Alternative rock, power pop, emo
Length 4:17
Label DGC
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Weezer
Weezer singles chronology
"El Scorcho"
(1996)
"The Good Life"
(1996)
"Pink Triangle"
(1997)
Music video
"The Good Life" on YouTube

"The Good Life" is a song by American alternative rock band Weezer. It is the second single from the band's second album Pinkerton. It was rush-released by the record company to try to save the commercially failing album, but was not successful.[1][2]

The B-sides of this single are notable as they are derived from the unreleased Weezer concept album, Songs from the Black Hole.

Track listing[edit]

Radio Only Promo CD[edit]

  1. "The Good Life" (Remix) – 4:08
  2. "The Good Life" (LP Version) – 4:19

UK, Europe and Japan Retail CD[edit]

  1. "The Good Life" – 4:19
  2. "Waiting on You" – 4:13
  3. "I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams" – 2:39

Australian "OZ EP" CD[edit]

  1. "The Good Life" – 4:19
  2. "Waiting on You" – 4:13
  3. "I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams" – 2:39
  4. "The Good Life (Live Acoustic)" – 4:40
  5. "Pink Triangle (Live Acoustic)" – 4:26

The song "I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams" features Rachel Haden of that dog. and The Rentals on lead vocals.

Music video[edit]

A frame from "The Good Life" music video illustrates the fractured camera angle technique used throughout the video.

The music video, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, features a pizza delivery girl (played by Mary Lynn Rajskub) on her route, highlighting the monotony of her job. The music video is noted for its use of simultaneous camera angles appearing on screen as a fractured full image in a technique[3] jokingly described by Weezer bassist Scott Shriner on the band's March 2004 DVD Video Capture Device as being "so innovative, I've never seen it since." Blink-182's video for their November 2004 single "Always" used a similar technique. The video's directors would go on to cast Mary Lynn Rajskub as Pageant Assistant Pam in their first feature-length motion picture Little Miss Sunshine.

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Luerssen D., John. Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story. ECW Press, 2004, ISBN 1-55022-619-3 p. 222
  2. ^ "Pinkerton era releases (1996-1999)". Weezer.com. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  3. ^ Luerssen D., John, 2004 p. 221

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