El Scorcho (4:03)

Cover of Pinkerton

From Pinkerton and 13 other releases

“El Scorcho” is the first single off the second album Pinkerton by Weezer, released in 1996. The music video features the band playing in an old ballroom in Los Angeles (as revealed by Weezer’s Video Capture Device DVD), surrounded by light fixtures of diverse origin, flashing in time to the music. The name of the song was supposed to have come from a packet of hot sauce from Del Taco, labeled “Del Scorcho.”

The song was not a successful single; several radio stations refused to play the song, and the video stiffed on MTV. This is considered to be one of the causes for the initial commercial failure of the album.

It was, however, extremely popular in Australia, and made it to #9 on the Triple J’s Hottest 100 chart, the national poll for the most popular alternative songs. It was later released on the 1996 Hottest 100 compilation.

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  • Oppressotron

    shit was that an Evangelion reference? [3} Yep. Thought that too, except she doesn't play the... well you know. Nevertheless, its the theme for nerds who DID work up the balls to ask her out. And no, not Auska.

    24 Mar 5:26pm Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Awesome song. So damn catchy.

    26 Feb 3:43am Reply
  • miserific

    that's exactly what I thought too lol.

    23 Feb 1:55am Reply
  • Nibwoddle

    totally sounds like malkmus in that opening line

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SonicDevMonkey

    I think we'd make a good team.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • -Trail-

    God damn these half Japanese girls indeed...

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • maccrash

    these fuckin' lyrics are fantastic

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • meltedsn0wflake

    Where do these tears come from? Why am I crying?

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Luminous_Luna

    I can't believe I finally got to see this song live yesterday @_@ ahhhhhh

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    "I asked you to go to the Green Day concert/You said you never heard of them" Out of every line in this song, I find this the funniest [2]

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    "I asked you to go to the Green Day concert/You said you never heard of them" Out of every line in this song, I find this the funniest, because most people have heard of Green Day.

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    @PurplePostRock The name of the song was supposed to have come from a packet of hot sauce from Del Taco, labeled “Del Scorcho.

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    shit was that an Evangelion reference? [2]

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • wangyu199x

    beautiful

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • wills316

    shit was that an Evangelion reference?

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    for all i know you want me (to/too)

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Sadie1993b

    "I'm a lot like you so please, hello, I'm here, I'm waiting. I think I'd be good for you and you'd be good for me."

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • IlaiA

    I hate it when stalker douches go to my room and read my diarrhea.

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Lucky_Lungz

    For better or for worse, this song directly inspired the new wave of emo-girly-pop-punk-bullshit spearheaded by FOB in the early to mid 00's. I for one am not complaining.

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • bushworms

    everytime i listen to this song i think of pavement indeed

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
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