Weezer: Live at Downsview Park — Island in the Sun

Sunday, July 14, 2013

This is the video I took of Weezer at Downsview Park on July 12, performing "Island in the Sun" from their self-titled record also known as The Green Album (Weezer has three self-titled records, so they are recognized instead by the background colour of the album covers). The Green Album in particular was considered by many to be the "rebirth" of Weezer after a long hiatus after the release of 1996's Pinkerton (which had considerably darker material, and did not do well commercially), and is Weezer's quickest selling album to date. "Island in the Sun" was the second single from the album and was hugely popular, becoming one of Weezer's biggest hits internationally. Weezer has always come out with ridiculously catchy songs, but you can't help but sing along to this one the moment you hear the opening chord (also one of the first songs I ever learned on guitar), followed by a simple but memorable "hip hip" that is repeated throughout the song (and that everyone sings along with regardless of whether they know the lyrics or not). It's light-hearted and peppy, and was the ultimate summer song when I was in high school.
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