Weezer has always been known for their unexpected cover songs throughout the years, like their MGMT and Lady Gaga mashup “Kids/Poker Face,” Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart,” and Joan Osbourne’s “One Of Us,” which the band covered alongside actor Rainn Wilson. Now, the Los Angeles natives have just added one more track to their roster—and it’s all thanks to one ambitious fan who created a social media campaign that went viral.
A Twitter user posting under the name @weezerafrica has been solely tweeting about her dream to hear the band cover “Africa,” the iconic 1982 song by Los Angeles rock legends, Toto. Mary, the 14-year-old fan behind the account, has been tweeting her humble request for over six months, and hasn’t lost focus since the beginning of her mission.
#WeezerCoverAfrica will happen one day…
— weezer cover africa by toto (@weezerafrica) December 11, 2017
Good morning. I hope your day is filled with the sounds of weezer covering africa by toto
— weezer cover africa by toto (@weezerafrica) December 8, 2017
“#WeezerCoverAfrica will happen one day…” she tweeted in December, and kept the momentum going until the band finally blessed the rains down in Africa and released their cover of the song earlier today. Weezer mastermind Rivers Cuomo stays true to the cheesy-smooth rock tune, but manages to add his signature flare throughout the chorus.
In an interview with Noisey, Mary said that the idea came to her after considering the song’s use in the smash hit sci-fi series Stranger Things. She also admitted that the entire campaign started off as a goofy joke.
“It was from Weezer was talking about they were inspired for their new album Daydream, what inspired them,” she explained. “So I jokingly said, ‘Oh I bet they were inspired by ‘Africa’ by Toto for their new album.’ It was just an absurd joke. And then I was like, ‘I wonder if I can get them to cover the song?’”
Although the band finally gave in, they couldn’t do it without first unleashing one trick that they had up their sleeves. After being trolled for months, the boys decided to turn the tables around and troll Mary back by releasing a cover of Toto’s “Rosanna” late last week, which appears on the same original album as “Africa.”
Weezer has been hinting at the release of their self-titled Black Album sometime this year, the follow up to their 11th studio album, Pacific Daydream, released last year. Here’s hoping the album will be chock-full of more Toto covers.
As for Mary, she’ll be busy riding the wave of her victory for a while.
i don't know what's next. just let me enjoy this for a while.#WeezerCoverAfrica
— weezer cover africa by toto (@weezerafrica) May 29, 2018