Do You Wanna Get High?

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"Do You Wanna Get High?"
Weezer - Do You Wanna Get High cover.jpg
Single by Weezer
from the album Weezer (The White Album)
ReleasedNovember 3, 2015
Recorded2015
GenreAlternative rock, power pop, emo
Length3:27
LabelCrush, Weezer
Songwriter(s)Rivers Cuomo
Weezer singles chronology
"Thank God for Girls"
(2015)
"Do You Wanna Get High?"
(2015)
"King of the World"
(2016)

"Do You Wanna Get High?" is a song by the American rock band Weezer, released on November 3, 2015 for the band's self-titled 2016 album.[1]

Composition[edit]

Concept-wise, "Do You Wanna Get High?" is about Rivers Cuomo's former addiction to prescription pills, which he did along with his girlfriend he had in 2000 and 2001.[2][3] Cuomo states "Suddenly the song is sunny and sweet and in my mind, creatively this is when the high kicks in — everything is lovely and dreamy."[4] Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone compared the song's opening feedback to that of "No Other One" from Pinkerton.[5] Alex Young at Consequence of Sound compared the song's "bombastic guitar riffs and earworm hooks" to Pinkerton.[6] Genre-wise, it has been described as an "alt rock chugger"[7] and a "power pop jam".[8]

Reception[edit]

Chris DeVille at Stereogum held the song in higher regards than the previous single, "Thank God for Girls", describing it as "Pinkerton style meets Green Album quality."[9] Carolyn Menyes from Music Times stated ""Do You Wanna Get High?" is a hard-hitting song and reminds fans that for every goofy Weezer song, there's this sort of real rock gem. And, for bonus points, there's a soaring guitar solo that brings the real hardness of this song all the way home."[10] At Spin, Andrew Unterberger ranked it as the 14th best post-Pinkerton Weezer song, observing "the narcotic temptations of the lyrics give “High” a darkness and intrigue we never heard from Cuomo the first time around, thankfully keeping it from becoming cartoonish in its retro leanings."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weezer Want to Know: 'Do You Wanna Get High?'". Spin. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Weezer Share New Single "Do You Wanna Get High?"". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  3. ^ "Weezer Shares New Song 'Do You Wanna Get High' - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Weezer new song Do You Wanna Get High - EW.com". Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Weezer Raise a Toke to Love on 'Do You Wanna Get High?'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Weezer return to their roots on "Do You Wanna Get High?" — listen - Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "The 21 Best Weezer Songs of the 21st Century". Spin. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  8. ^ Chris Leo Palermino (20 January 2016). "Watch Weezer Rock Two New Tracks On Jimmy Kimmel Live - Digital Trends". Digital Trends. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Weezer – "Do You Wanna Get High?"". Stereogum. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  10. ^ "Review: Weezer Drop 'Pinketon'-Esque New Single 'Do You Wanna Get High?' [LISTEN]". Music Times. Retrieved January 24, 2016.