Screengrab via Charlene Kaye/Vimeo

Fan-favorite Weezer video gets badass, shot-by-shot remake

Charlene Kaye homages Spike Jonze-directed clip with debut single.

 

Rae Votta

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Published Jul 13, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 11:24 am CDT

Musician Charlene Kaye homages a Weezer classic with her new video for “Honey,” the debut single from her upcoming EP.

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“Weezer was the soundtrack to the majority of my and (my sister) Liann’s awkward teenagedom,” Kaye, who also plays in San Fermin, wrote the Daily Dot via email. “Liann had a hand-drawn portrait of Rivers Cuomo in one of her school binders, a lightning bolt guitar strap like he had, and Weezer posters all over her room.”

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Kaye’s sister, Liann, served as director on the project, a shot-by-shot take of the video for “Undone – the Sweater Song,” in which Weezer famously rejected all sweater-related treatments for and simply shot on a puppy-filled set with Spike Jonze. For their remake, Liann assigned each member in Charlene’s band a Weezer alter ego, and had them study their counterpart to portray them in the “Honey” video. 

The only big snag? The dogs.

“We’d asked a bunch of friends if we could borrow their dogs, but didn’t have a lot of luck,” said Liann. “Luckily, my roommate alerted me to this service in the city called ‘Puppy Party’ where you can rent a bunch of puppies for corporate events or private parties. It was the best day ever when they arrived on set. … We only had to do about 8 takes, but at the end of each one, the puppies would be all over the place and we had to yell to the cast and crew ‘EVERYONE GRAB A PUPPY!!’ Then we’d start over.”

You can stream the individual “Honey” video, and compare it to the Weezer version, below.

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It sounds like this was just an excuse for a set full of puppies—who wouldn’t watch that?  

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*First Published: Jul 13, 2016, 8:04 am CDT