Two of my favorite bands of all time come together for a “rivalry” that has toured together and paired for many wonderful rock moments. Today I’m going to attempt to rank the massive combined discography of Foozer.
That clip is old as shit but it kind of shows what I’m talking about here. In 2005 the bands that blew up in the 90’s and survived Weezer and the Foo Fighters came together for an epic tour. This tour included pranks, rock, and coming together. You would be surprised at the amount of shared fans a geeky garage band and Nirvana’s former drummer have. Since then they’ve paired up a few more times including an epic tour with Tenacious D. Here’s a video of the Foo Fighters singing Kiss with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer which is just awesome.
The point is these mid-90’s bands have a wonderful history together and roughly 22 albums I wanna try to rank. I’m only gonna rank the studio albums no live, or compilations, or EPs or Christmas albums. I do wanna note that while these bands have been together almost the same amount of time, Weezer has 4 more albums.
The Bottom 4 Weezer Albums
Hurley (2010), Everything Will Be Alright in the End (2014), Weezer (Teal Album) (2019), Weezer (Black Album) (2019)
The best way to even things at 9 albums a piece was to go ahead and cut off these Weezer albums. The Teal Album has some good ones but its a cover album, so as great as their rendition of “Africa” might’ve been… These 4 albums are pretty meh for me. So now on to a more legitimate ranking.
18. Pacific Daydream (2017) – Weezer
Described by frontman Rivers Cuomo as “Beach Boys gone bad…” I’m not sure if that’s supposed to refer to the quality of the music, but it’s fitting. While I would definitely place it over the 4 previous named albums it’s pop rock style but lacking in good pop and good rock sounds doesn’t do it for me.
17. Weezer (White Album) (2016) – Weezer
When this album first came out I tried really hard to like it. It’s pretty below average quality all the way around though. The track “Thank God for Girls” is a good one, but that’s about all worth noting.
16. Sonic Highways (2014) – Foo Fighters
For as long as I can remember the Foo Fighters have been one of my favorites, if not my favorite, band of all time. That being said, this gimmicky ass album in 2014 was beyond lame to me. The whole thing recorded with a television series and all 8 songs being recorded in 8 different studios is silly to me. They were declared the last great rock band (because rock is beyond dead) after their last album and they really took it and ran with it on this one.
15. Weezer (Red Album) (2008) – Weezer
Projected forward by the YouTube dominate single “Pork and Beans” This album doesn’t have a whole lot of other noteworthy tracks. It was definitely their most experimental album at the time, which is likely what opened the door for their next several albums.
14. Concrete and Gold (2017) – Foo Fighters
I liked this album a lot better than Sonic Highways, but I still didn’t really like it. I can appreciate getting out of their element and being a bit experimental. The album has guest spots for Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, and Shawn Stockman which is all just strange but somewhat cool. “The Sky is a Neighborhood” and “Sunday Rain” with McCartney are my favorites but overall the album is…okay.
13. Pinkerton (1996) – Weezer
Pinkerton is Weezer’s second album and it doesn’t really match the charm of their debut, nor does it branch into its own. It’s not a terrible album (which is why there are 7 Weezer albums below it) but it isn’t great either. It was received very poorly upon release causing the band to go on hiatus, which they came back amazingly from. “Why Bother?” and “The Good Life” are my favorites from the album.
12. Make Believe (2005) – Weezer
I kind of thought that I liked this album more before doing this list. About half the songs on the album are pretty good, led by the ever wonderful “Beverly Hills”. Make Believe gave the band their two biggest hits one being “Beverly Hills” and the other being “Perfect Situation”. The rest of the album isn’t quite as good, but those two go a long way. The nerds tearing it up is always gonna be a wonderful visual.
11. There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999) – Foo Fighters
While this album gave us one of my favorite Foo songs ever, it doesn’t have a whole lot of substance to it. A vast majority of it feels pretty meh, but “Learn to Fly” is an amazing song.
10. Raditude (2009) – Weezer
I have no idea if anybody else likes this album, but I love it. That Christmas I got the CD in my stocking and it was meant to be. There are a few songs to note but Lil Wayne’s lighter flick on “Can’t Stop Partying”, unfortunately for the video of the song they got Chamillionaire probably due to Weezy being unavailable (I probably would’ve just not done a video for that song). So instead I’ll share the video for “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” which is a pretty wild parentheses title.
9. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) – Foo Fighters
Echoes, SIlence, Patience & Grace has a somber feeling to it, which isn’t unusual for the Foos but it definitely seems more prevalent on this one. Dave Grohl said he wanted the messages across the album to resonate more with the fans. There are good ones spread throughout from “The Pretender” to “Let It Die” to “Long Road to Ruin” to “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners” which was a beautiful ode to the men stuck in the Beaconsfield mine collapse who requested an iPod with In Your Honor on it.
That concludes part 1 of the Foozer album ranking, keep a look out for part 2 in a couple of days. Thanks for reading!