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Weezer 'Paranoid Android'
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When it was first released by Radiohead in 1997, ‘Paranoid Android’ was a sensational piece of musical artistry which challenged the conventional structures and time frames of contemporary music. Originally over 14 minutes in length, the song was inspired by the structural style of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in its use of segmenting and phrasing: the song is essentially divided into three separate sections, each with its own distinct rhythm, tone and time signature yet all linked by the pressing ostinato.

After its first live performance, the song was cut down to just over six minutes and it is in this incarnation that Weezer has released its cover. While the song itself is no longer sensational, Weezer maintains an underlying vibe of rebellion and cynical rejection of mainstream, capitalist culture through the introduction of a more grungy approach to the song and an emphasis of the more rock-and-roll elements of the piece. This effect is achieved through the roughening of the lower layers of the track, in direct contrast to the clean cut edge of Radiohead’s original version, through the increased significance given to the bass parts and to the increased use of distortion techniques throughout. Whereas the original version contrasts the grungier parts of the track with the calmer third section, Weezer maintains this underlying sense of unease and disruption through continued distortion and increased use of synthesisers.

Weezer have also transposed this song into a lower key, contrasting Thom Yorke’s slurred, higher pitched vocals with a stubbornly downbeat set of vocals from Rivers Cuomo. Yorke’s slurred style sometimes borders on inarticulate notes rather than understandable words; here, Cuomo accentuates each lyric to lend the song an edgy feel more in keeping with Weezer’s typically cynical style.

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This grungy atmosphere is reflected in Weezer’s ‘Paranoid Android’ music video free from selected websites. Shot largely from a diagonal angle, the music video free with its style, cuts from wide angled pans to ‘vertigo’ inducing close-ups to create a feeling of unease and distortion. Use of shaky camera technique, various Dutch-angled clips and blurring techniques further emphasises this underlying emotion. The music video free from the standard splashing of colour, is shot entirely in greyscale, allowing the director to exploit the range of shadows this technique creates, adding to the building emotions which the song evokes.

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Despite these changes, the song stays true to the original, particularly in its use of riffs. While the frequency of these riffs has been increased, each one drawn out to its full potential, they are largely based on the original riff patterns by Greenwood. It is the backing guitar in the verses where listeners will notice the sharpest difference Weezer has created between their version and the original. Whereas the original works to blend together the inarticulacy of Yorke’s vocals with the accompanying guitar and synthesised effect, Weezer contradicts this tone, choosing instead to create a conflict between the vocals and band, where listeners almost feel that the band and vocals are to some degree battling not with the forces of capitalism – “kicking squealing Gucci little piggy” – but with each other. This conflict is reflected in the music video free use of framing techniques and cutting devices. Whereas Yorke was keen to portray the original song as light-hearted and jokey – exemplified by Radiohead’s use of a cartoon style video – Weezer takes the underlying themes more seriously, emphasising the clearly contrasting structure and provocative lyrical concepts through the music video free use of contrasting techniques, exaggerated riffs and bass parts.

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