Weezer’s ‘Hash Pipe’ Was Almost an Ozzy Osbourne Song

Weezer‘s 2001 single “Hash Pipe” could have been an Ozzy Osbourne song, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has revealed. However, the “Prince of Darkness” and Black Sabbath icon ultimately passed on the track.

That’s the story Cuomo recently shared with Guitar World. The Weezer rocker appears on the cover of the magazine’s current issue (July 2021) following the May 7 release of Van Weezer, the alt-rock mainstays’ 15th studio album that delves into more hard rock territory than some other Weezer releases.

“Once, I think it was in 2000, he [Osbourne] asked if I had any songs for him,” Cuomo recalled, “and I just happened to have written ‘Hash Pipe.’ I sent it to him, but he didn’t end up using it. In another reality, it might be interesting to hear him singing that song.”

Indeed, it would’ve been quite interesting to hear Osbourne reel off “Hash Pipe” lyrics such as “These players out to get me / ‘Cause they like my behind” and “The knee-stocking flavor is the favorite treat / Of men that don’t bother with the taste of a teat.” (Cuomo composed the song about a transgender prostitute in a burst of tequila-and-Ritalin-fueled creativity one morning, as he has admitted in the past.)

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