Weezer Covers TLC's "No Scrubs"—and the Internet Is Freaking Out

The Teal Album also includes the band's cover of Toto's "Africa," as well as covers of 'Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and a-ha's "Take on Me."

By Corinne Heller Jan 24, 2019 3:57 PMTags
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It's the uber hipster version of "No Scrubs" you never knew you needed.

On Wednesday night, Weezer quietly dropped a surprise album of covers, including one of R&B girl group TLC's 1999 mega hit.

The alternative rock and pop band's record, titled the Teal Album, also includes the band's cover of Toto's "Africa," which they released last year following a fan campaign, as well as covers of '60s, '70s and '80s hits such as Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," The Turtle's "Happy Together," Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" and a-ha's "Take on Me."

But it is their cover of "No Scrubs" that is generating the most attention; In fact, the Internet freaked out about it.

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"Whatever (white) person said that the #WEEZER cover of No Scrubs was good needs to sit in the corner and think about their choices," tweeted user @KosokoJackson. "This sounds like what unseasoned chicken and wonder bread tastes like and I now I'm angry on this beautiful day. #TealAlbum"

Others liked the new version of the song.

"Weezer dropping a surprise cover album gave me a cover of 'No Scrubs' I didn't know I needed," tweeted user @EddieGPinson.

"WEEZER DID A COVER ALBUM AND NO SCRUBS IS ON THERE AND I DIDN'T KNOW THAT I NEEDED THIS BUT I F--KING NEEDED IT!!" tweeted user @hifromjena.

"I just thought it's one of those songs that's freakishly popular," Weezer's lead singer Rivers Cuomo told Apple Music. "I was trying to decide which gender perspective to sing it from then I saw this tweet that said, 'If you're a guy covering a song by a girl, you gotta keep the pronouns. For those three minutes you're gay.' So I was like, 'Cool, let's try this.'"