Island in the Sun (song)

Island in the Sun (song)

Infobox Single
Artist = Weezer
Name = Island In The Sun

from Album = Weezer
Released = 2001
29 0ctober 2001 (UK)
Format = CD, Vinyl
Genre = Alternative rock
Recorded = 2001
Length = 3:20
Label = DGC Records
Writer = Rivers Cuomo
Producer = Ric Ocasek
Chart position =

  • #41 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #11 US Modern Rock Tracks
  • #17 Fra Top 100
  • #31 UK Singles Chart

Last single = "Hash Pipe"
This single = "Island in the Sun"
Next single = "Photograph"
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type =

Lower caption =

"Island in the Sun" is a 2001 single by Weezer. It is the second single from the band's album, "Weezer (The Green Album)". "Island in the Sun" wasn't originally planned to be on the album, yet producer Ric Ocasek fought for the song and it ended up on the final product. It was a successful radio single and perhaps the band's biggest hit ever outside of the United States.

In late 2001, the band reworked the song's solo for their live show. In 2005, Rivers Cuomo would often open the band's encore by playing "Island in the Sun" alone on an acoustic guitar in the back of the venue they were playing. On some nights, he would crowd surf back up the stage.

This song is much lighter than their previous, darker single Hash Pipe

Music video

There are two different videos for the Weezer song.

Version 1: Mexican Wedding

Directed by Marcos Siega.
This video shows Weezer playing the song at a Mexican couple's wedding reception and features all four band members. This version remains the more obscure of the two, receiving less airplay than the second, though it is the version available for download on iTunes.

Version 2: Animals

Directed by Spike Jonze.
This video features Weezer playing with various wild animals on a supposedly remote hill (though it was actually filmed a short distance outside of Los Angeles, which is thought to be in the hills near Simi Valley). Only Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo, and Pat Wilson appear in this video, as then bassist Mikey Welsh had been kicked out of or had left the band shortly before shooting. It is also rumored that original bassist Matt Sharp was approached to be in the video, though it is unclear if the offer was ever actually made.The executives at MTV disliked Siega's video, prompting the band to film Jonze's take. As a result, "Island in the Sun (Version Two)" had much wider play than the first version, and has become the standard video for the song.


Radio Only Promo CD
# "Island In The Sun" - 3:20

UK Retail CD #1
#"Island In The Sun" - 3:20
#"Oh Lisa" - 2:45
#"Always" - 2:05
#"Island In The Sun" (CD-ROM Video)

UK Retail CD #2
#"Island In The Sun" - 3:20
#"Sugar Booger" - 3:40
#"Brightening Day" - 2:11

UK Retail 7" (Yellow Vinyl)
#"Island In The Sun" - 3:20
#"Always" - 2:05

Japan Retail CD
#"Island In The Sun" - 3:20
#"Teenage Victory Song" - 3:05
#"Starlight" - 3:19

An erroneous short mix of "Always" ended up on the singles, the correct mix (2:48) was released as an mp3 on the band's website.

Appearances in the Media

*In 2001, the song was used as the theme song to the Mary Kate and Ashley film, "Holiday in the Sun".
*In 2002, the song was played in the last scene of the series finale of Spin City.
*In 2002, the song was played briefly in the Adam Sandler film, "Mr. Deeds".
*In 2002, the song was played in the 45th episode of "The Sopranos" (Season four).
*In 2003, the song was added on the TV show, "Smallville"'s .
*In 2006, Emma Roberts covered the song for the soundtrack of "Aquamarine".
*In the movie, "Out Cold", the song is played several times.
*It is the theme tune of the Dutch program, "Campinglife".
*In 2006, this song was used on The Simpsons episode, "The Wettest Stories Ever Told".
*The song is used as the closing theme of the Laura Ingraham talk radio show.
*The song is used in an advertising campaign for Beaches Family Resorts
*The song is used in an AFN commercial for sponsorship
*The song is the theme tune to the podcast Comedy And Everything Else


External links

* [ Lyrics for "Island in the Sun"]

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