The Teal Podcast

ChildhoodRuinedLogo_final smallChildhood Ruined is back with an emergency episode dedicated to Weezer’s Teal Album. We discuss our shared confusion about the aims of the artistic endeavor while going through the album track-by-track, and explore why a popular band from the mid-90’s still inspires such blazing-hot takes across the internet. Chris and I talk about what makes a good cover album, or even a good cover song. We throw around the question, “What is the best Weezer album?” while being completely self-aware that Saturday Night Live already executed the best version of this conversation! As a bonus, I got to test out a new microphone-and-headset combo for the podcast, so it feels good to be back. Stay tuned for more episodes in 2019!

In other news, I have two articles about Dungeons & Dragons marinating, and those will be posted in the next week or two. For now, here’s the emergency episode….

About The Id DM

The Id DM is a psychologist during the weekdays. He DMs for a group of fairly loyal and responsible PCs every other Friday night. In the approximate 330 hours between sessions, he is likely anxious about how to ensure the next game he runs doesn't suck.
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6 Responses to The Teal Podcast

  1. Lokuzt says:

    I too believe Weezer made a semi-lazy attempt to cash in with this album. Ninja Sex Party made better cover albums of some of the same songs.

    • The Id DM says:

      I don’t know their motivations, which we both addressed. It certainly is an “easy” way to get some traction in media, and if they have a new album coming out later this year – it’s not a bad way to make some headlines. They also might want to earnestly celebrate these songs, and I imagine all the originals are being listened to more often in the coming days. All that said, it feels very unnecessary.

    • Chris says:

      Also, their name is Ninja Sex Party.

  2. Sinan says:

    The quote on the Teal Album’s wikipedia page sums it up nicely and aligns with your general impression: “The lifelessness of the covers ensures that it has a shelf life that isn’t much longer than your average meme.” Listening to your episode did lead me down a Weezer rabbit hole – after picking up the first three albums like so many others, I’ve only kept up with them more recently with their singles and videos (they set a high bar with “Buddy Holly” and I guess the same can be said for their musical career with the Blue Album). That being said, these are dudes who referenced a Dungeon Master’s Guide and a twelve-sided die, so bonus points for that.

    • Chris says:

      In the Garage is another reason why Blue Album foreva!

    • The Id DM says:

      Chris and I have had the Blue Album vs. Pinkerton discussion more boisterously (with the assistance of alcohol, I’m sure) in the past. I don’t believe there is a “right” answer, and I lost touch with the band as the 2000’s progressed. As I said a bit on the pod, I don’t know what type of music lasts these days. What makes an impression for more than a few weeks (if that?) any longer? Strange times.

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