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|Single by Weezer|
|from the album Make Believe|
|Genre||Alternative rock, pop punk, emo|
|Weezer singles chronology|
"Perfect Situation" is a song by American alternative rock band Weezer. It was released as the third single from the band's fifth album, Make Believe, following "Beverly Hills" and "We Are All on Drugs." "Perfect Situation" was released to radio on October 11, 2005.
The song is also one of the band's 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 Billboard Hot 100 while Perfect Situation hit #51.
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.
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 . A new cover for Make Believe was created for the video of Perfect Situation showing the fictional name "Weeze".
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||51|
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||1|
- Rivers Cuomo – lead vocals, guitar
- Brian Bell – rhythm guitar
- Scott Shriner – bass guitar
- Patrick Wilson – drums, percussion
- Rick Rubin – production
- "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
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