Throwback Thursday ‘Beverly Hills’ by Weezer (2005)
Weezer released a surprise covers album last week so I was inspired to revisit one of Weezer's biggest hits! None other than, "Beverly Hills."
"Beverly Hills" was the first single off of Weezer's fifth album entitled, Make Believe.
Stephanie Eitel is heard singing the background vocals on the "Gimme Gimmes." You may know her from the band, Agent Sparks.
The music video was filmed at the Playboy mansion and even has a cameo from Hugh Hefner! It also features his three girlfriends of the time, Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, and Bridget Marquardt.
The video also features lots of Weezer's real life fans. All phones and devices were checked to keep the new song and album a secret, but one fan still leaked the song! Rude!
Did you know the Playboy mansion isn't actually in Beverly Hills? It's in Holmby Hills. Mind blown.
According to Wikipedia, lead singer, Rivers Cuomo didn't mean for "Beverly Hills" to be sarcastic, "I was at the opening of the new Hollywood Bowl and I flipped through the program and I saw a picture of Wilson Phillips. And for some reason I just thought how nice it would be to marry, like, an 'established' celebrity and live in Beverly Hills and be part of that world. And it was a totally sincere desire. And then I wrote that song, "Beverly Hills". For some reason, by the time it came out—and the video came out—it got twisted around into something that seemed sarcastic. But originally it wasn’t meant to be sarcastic at all."
So now you now!
"Beverly Hills" is one of Weezer's most successful songs. It went to #1 on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart as well as Top 40 Adult Recurrents chart. It went to #2 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart and #10 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.