The sensational American pop-rock band TOTO — famous for their sophisticated hits “Hold the Line”, “Rosanna”, and “Africa” — have recorded a personal interpretation of Weezer’s “Hash Pipe” in direct response to the run-away success of Weezer’s covers of their “Africa” and “Rosanna.”
TOTO’s legendary Toto’s guitarist Steve Lukather says: “We were blown away at the response Weezer got doing our old songs. They did a good job too, but we never saw hit records coming from it. It was all started by a sweet 15-year-old girl named Mary. Then the ball started rolling.”
“They did two of ours and ‘Africa’ took OFF. It seemed only right that WE – Toto did a version of one of their songs so we started digging around, listening to a bunch of their music, which I have grown to like a lot. My 30 something kids were flipped over Weezer recording two of our songs as they are fans and we picked ‘Hash Pipe’...”
“The irony that we were smoking hash before these guys were alive was not lost on us, and the other is it has a killer melody and a great groove. We wanted to do something that rocked. We give you our version — with a little of our thing on it like they did their ‘ thing’ to ours. It is an unlikely collaboration, but some of the best ones are unexpected.”
Toto has partnered with Universal Music Germany on the release of “Hash Pipe.” The company will be spearheading the global release of the recording. Toto is currently touring North America in support of the band’s recent release 40 Trips Around The Sun.
Also, check Weezer’s Rosanna [below]