Weezer Mainman’s Shock Confession: ‘So I Ripped Off Metallica? No Sweat!’
Weezer mainman Rivers Cuomo has admitted that Undone – The Sweater Song, the first track the band ever released in 1994, was a direct rip-off of Metallica’s (Welcome Home) Sanitarium.
Talking to Rolling Stone, Cuomo said: “It was the first Weezer song I wrote, back in 1991. I was trying to write a Velvet Underground type song because I was super intomthem, and I came up with the guitar riff. I picked up the guitar, and the first thing I played was that riff.
“It just feels so classic to me. Even now when the band starts to play it, it takes over the energy in the room and you’re transported into the world of Weezer. It wasn’t until years after I wrote it that I realised it’s almost a complete rip-off of ...Sanitarium by Metallica.”