Toto to Release Cover of Weezer's "Hash Pipe"

Toto members Steve Lukather and Steve Porcaro stopped by the station KROQ to chat about their recently recorded version of Weezer's 2001 hit song "Hash Pipe" which will be released within the next few weeks.  This comes two days after DJs Stryker and Klein brought up the idea on their show.  However, it turns out that the song had already been in the works way before the on air discussion.  "We had just gotten back from the road," Porcaro explained to them.  "But I was here, home, in my studio, where I'm happiest, and I saw all this action going on with 'Africa' -- they had released 'Rosanna,' they did 'Africa.'  I sent Luke an e-mail one the road -- he was in Europe -- I said, "Come on.  We gotta return the favor.  Let's pick out a tune and send it right back to 'em."

The decision of which song to record proved to be quite a debate.  "You know, we listened to 'Beverly Hills,'" Porcaro continued. "I wanted to maybe even do a real 'Africa'-type version of that, I was thinking about for a minute. But you know what? We wanted to make it different, but we wanted to do something rock n' roll.  I wanted to show everyone what a good rock n' roll band we can be. I love the band.  I love their music.  Joseph and I were listening to different ones trying to figure out which ones he'd like to sing and we settled on 'Hash Pipe.'"

Lukather talked a bit about the two bands' respective fanbases, ""We love the thought of maybe some Weezer fans checking out Toto a little deeper," he said, "and, you know what? At the same time, I love the thought of maybe some snooty Toto fans checking out Weezer, loosening their wigs a little bit and enjoying some good rock and roll."


Jennifer Minor