Toto and Weezer making cover tunes in vogue again

Toto and Weezer making cover tunes in vogue again 

Posted: 10:15 am Thursday, August 9th, 2018

By Pete Rizzo

Yamaha's 125th Anniversary Dealer Concert

ANAHEIM, CA – JANUARY 25: Toto’s Steve Lukather celebrating Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Live Around the World Dealer Concert performs at the Hyperion Theater on January 25, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Yamaha)

The mutual admiration society continues for Weezer and Toto.


**“Images of Rivers Cuomo / Steve Lukather provided By Wikimedia Commons”.

Off of Weezer’s cover of “Africa”, the guys in Toto returned the favor recently with their take on Weezer’s tune, Hash Pipe. As for the recent roundtable as to which cover was better, I go for Toto’s.

Weezer’s cover is not bad, but it’s not the best of even most interesting take. My favorite critique of it came online describing it as “offensively beige” (HA!! Thanks Jordan).

Relient K’s take is more faithful to the original ,…while Quietdrive’s version is a much more punk and, frankly, more interesting take on the tune.

Now there are those covers I feel far improve on the original. Joe Cocker is a great example. While I do not like the Beatles original version at all, I LOVE Cocker’s impassioned, soulful take on “With a Little Help From My Friends”.

There are really interesting versions of covers that make it better than the original in my opinion. Case in point: Lenny Kravitz’s funkified version of  the KISS classic “Deuce” complete with harmonica-izing by the great Stevie Wonder!

And there are those that faithfully capture the magic of the original tunes. My favorite Elton John tune, for instance”, is fantastic! And Dream Theater does Sir Elton proud with an equally awesome version of “Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding”.