Rivers Cuomo Channels His Inner Boy Bander: The Secret Behind His Songwriting Success

Chanel Adams

Rivers Cuomo is proving that he's more than just the front man and musician of his band, Weezer. He's highly versatile when it comes to writing new music for the Monkees, and being personally inspired by the Beach Boys.

Rivers Cuomo wrote the song "She Makes Me Laugh" for the band's upcoming 50th anniversary album, Good Times! This is the Monkees' first album since their 1996 release, Justus. The lyric video for the new song "She Makes Me Laugh," written by Rivers Cuomo was released earlier this week.

"I'm super stoked to be writing for a song for the Monkees. I've always identified with their musical aesthetic – the chord changes and melodies."

Even the three original members Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork headed back to the studio to record the band's first record in 20 years.

Rivers Cuomo told Rolling Stone that he's been a huge fan of the Monkees as long as he could remember.

"I've always felt a personal connection to the Monkees because I'm from the same small New England farm town as Peter Tork. I used to hear that one of the Monkees went to my high school, which was an amazing fact to me because it was such a small school out in the middle of nowhere. It gave me the feeling that if an E.O. Smith kid made it to the top once, it can happen again. So let that be an inspiration to you E.O. Smith kids now, maybe 30 years into the future you'll be writing a song for a new Weezer album."

But Cuomo is focused on the new album, the Black Album, which is the antithesis to the White Album's chipper summery beats.

"This is going to sound really dorky, but I feel like, more than any popular artist in the history of rock, I have used more references to different species of animals and birds."

What are your thoughts on River Cuomo's new song for the Monkees 50th anniversary album? Are you looking forward to new music from Weezer? Sound off below in the comments section.

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