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Weezer reveal real inspiration for album title

By | Published on Thursday 26 August 2010

Despite the fact that the cover of Weezer’s new album features a picture of ‘Lost’ character Hurley Reyes, played by actor Jorge Garcia, it was apparently not named ‘Hurley’ after him. In an interview for AEG Live’s YouTube channel recorded at the Mile High music festival, guitarist Brian Bell says the name is actually taken from clothing company Hurley International, which funded some of the album’s recording.

Bell explained: “[Hurley] was funding the record at the beginning of the process. We actually did some sort of advertisement… I don’t even know how they’re tied in so much, although we got some clothes and we did a photo shoot and we were wearing these clothes, and I think we’re selling these clothes in malls”.

He continued: “How that’s tied in, I don’t know. I think it’s this whole, like, tying-in different medias and then using Hurley, the character from ‘Lost’, which I’ve never seen in my life, as our mascot for this record is somewhat postmodernist, maybe. I hope people don’t look at it as too jokey, cos it certainly comes across that way without reading into it a little deeper”.

You can see why when he was asked about the album cover by Spinner recently, frontman Rivers Cuomo just said: “I just loved this photo of Jorge Garcia – it just had this amazing vibe. We didn’t want to do a fourth self-titled record and we knew people would refer to it as ‘the Hurley record’ even if left it without that title, so we just called it ‘Hurley’. No words are on the cover because all we wanted was his amazing face”.

You can watch Bell’s interview in full here: