Back in May, following a dogged internet campaign, Weezer released a cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’. Now Toto have covered Weezer’s ‘Hash Pipe’.
Yes, some sort of new Glasnost seems to be the order of the day between indie rock and ’80s schlock, with Toto letting loose the cover on KROQ, with a planned release on August 10.
After dismissing hitting Weezer’s ‘Beverly Hills’ in an ‘Africa’ style, they settled on ‘Hash Pipe’ for reasons ranging from its melody to, erm, its message.
If you missed my chat with @stevelukather and Steve Porcaro from #toto, listen why and how they chose @Weezer's "Hash Pipe" to cover. I played it on @KROQ Friday, it's officially available Aug 10th. #TotocoversWeezer @toto99com https://t.co/HH4CjEqI0D
— Ted Stryker (@TedStryker) July 29, 2018
Toto’s Steve Porcaro and Steve Lukather also passed judgment on Weezer’s take on their classic – listen to it here – declaring that “they kicked ass on it”, and declaring it worthy of a B++.
You can listen to the pair via the tweet above (but not the song) – with Lukather keeping his tongue pretty much in check. Seriously, we were at the filming of his Spicks & Specks appearance years back, and let’s just say that there’s a LOT of footage in a vault somewhere out there that’s completely NSFW.
Here’s Toto’s live debut of ‘Hash Pipe’…