I’ve heard the song (KROQ’s played it a few times already tonight) and as a whole, it’s good. The song has a lot of different instrumentation (some of which was heard in the amazon preview), and no solo. Which is quite a surprise, because Rivers can shred and his solos usually serve as a centerpoint to his songs. But this is different. And while Rivers name drops some brand names and current famous rappers, it’s for a cause;
The song “was inspired by a record-company meeting where the band was told it needed to record more-commercial material. “I came out of it pretty angry,” Cuomo says. “But ironically, it inspired me to write another song.”
Word around the =w= community is that meeting spurred the recording of two songs for the album, Pork and Beans and another song. It’s nice to have something radio friendly to appeal to a bigger audience and drive the band’s success. While I’ll happily listen to PnB, I’m also looking forward to what else is out there.