guitars became a relatively rare sight).
Yet Cuomo is also attuned to the ways of the internet; more than any of his ’90s peers, perhaps, he knows how to get attention in a meme economy, as he demonstrated a few months ago with “The Teal Album,” a lightly absurdist collection of covers.
So here he peppered the oldies in Weezer’s set — “El Scorcho,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island in the Sun,” each as crunchy and tuneful as you could hope — with tunes (and surprise guests) that brought the Teal Album to Instagram-ready life.
After pointing out that “there’s a lot more girls than we’re used to seeing at a Weezer show,” he brought out TLC’s Chilli to do “No Scrubs,” the girl group’s classic dressing-down of useless dudes.
And he welcomed Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears to join in on that group’s new wave staple “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
As on the Teal Album, neither rendition improved on the original (or even did much to justify its existence).
But then and now, Cuomo understood the power in the combination of novelty and familiarity.
“This could be the last time Weezer gets to play Coachella,” he said near the end of the show, which could mean only one thing: It was time to play Toto’s “Africa.”