Welcome to The Special Podness, a four-part mini-series dedicated to the history of The Special Goodness by the three dudes who (probably) know it best: Pat Wilson of Weezer, drummer Atom Willard (Rocket From the Crypt, Plosivs, Against Me!) and Karl Koch, Weezer historian.
Crack open the new vinyl edition of The Special Goodness’ Land Air Sea, and what you’ll find in the gatefold liner notes isn’t an essay on the recording process, an invocation of the band’s songwriting influences, or anything related to the actual tunes. Instead, you’ll find a statement from Pat about his and Atom’s shared obsession: vintage cars.
From the cover of Land Air Sea to the bitchin’ new shirt over for sale, cars and trucks play heavy into the Special Goodness mythology. So for this episode, Weezer historian Karl Koch is focusing on the open road—discussing tours and Pat and Atom’s gearhead tendencies.