Known for hyperactive tongue-twister scat singing, multi-instrumental genius and rugged good looks, Cody Weathers has written more than 400 songs chronicling his bittersweet nerd feelings, and entertained at least 5 audiences worldwide as a member of such groundbreaking bands as Flip Nasty & UFO Catcher. You haven't lived until you've heard him. It's true --ask anyone. Oh, that's right: you can't because they're dead.
What people are saying about Cody on the INTERNATIONAL NET?:
MAD ABOUT YOU Track of the Day (9/16/07), Best Male Vocals, Most Original, Best Beat, Best Mood, Best Melody (GarageBand.Com weekly Reviewers' Picks Awards)
"It is the best I have heard so far!!!!!!!!"
--User: Bariane, unsolicited, blinded review of "Mad About You"
"What a great groove! The acoustic guitar percussion and the drums drew me in from the beginning. Love the vocal harmonies and especially the skatting... I am mad about this song!"
--User: bendall, unsolicited, blinded review of "Mad About You"
"wow...Great vocals...I love the percussion...it adds a ton! I love the mood and the beat..."
--User: kelseywheadon, unsolicited, blinded review of "Mad About You"
"...the song is over, and I find myself wanting to hear more..."
--User: EchoBridge, unsolicited, blinded review of "Mad About You"
"I like the skat and hand clapping tremendously...."
--User: KhMi, unsolicited, blinded review of "Mad About You"
"Liked the panning effect, and the salsa feel. Reminded me of the cherry popin daddys, harmanies were really interesting along with the frightening bongos. The guitar was really cool, but the bass line was the bomb, it really made the groove continue"
--User: glowtrash, unsolicited, blinded review of "Mad About You"
"Not sure which ear it's coming from, but it's nice! It sounds like it's been recorded live in someone's bedroom, but whoever's bedroom it is is lucky. The voice is soulful, twists and turns, and sounds like Lenny Kravitz in bed. He's got a good bassist in there with him, and the harmonies are lovely. I'd love to hear it live..."
--User: gwahamaman, unsolicited, blinded review of "Mad About You"
IT CAN'T RAIN EVERY DAY Most Original, Best Beat, Best Drums (GarageBand.Com weekly Reviewers' Picks Awards)
"I love a singer who sounds like he really means every word... This is a marvellous composition. It has a unique and captivating chord and rhythmic structure. It's "hooky" and yet unpredictable at the same time - for me, a stellar combination... This song totally rocks. Good musicianship, excellent vocals, wonderfully energetic performance..."
--User: Enigma Duo, unsolicited, blinded review of "It Can't Rain Every Day"
" This song rocks - It builds beautifully and bursts even better!
I listened to this song a couploe of times and now I can't even remember if I was in a good mood before hearing this song. Clouds have gone away...Hey!
Nice percussion and I love the vocal harmonies and skat singing!"
--User: bendall, unsolicited, blinded review of "It Can't Rain Every Day"
"The deft, understated guitar is a great way to start this track, and the vocal acrobatics give great expression to this track . . . you use your voice like an instrument: wonderful scat... When the whole band kicks [in] the song burst into life. The percussion is imaginative and well done... this is a terrific, expressive, imaginative track..."
--User: gecko zzed, unsolicited, blinded review of "It Can't Rain Every Day"
"This is the type of song I'd like to hear live since there's so much energy in the performance. I like the percussive effects. The vocals keep the energy high along with the harmonies. The hooky "Hey" works great and keeps the listener's attention. Unique and cool song!"
--User: Silken, unsolicited, blinded review of "It Can't Rain Every Day"
"wonderfully original with a fun arrangement..."
--User: Kscottx17, unsolicited, blinded review of "It Can't Rain Every Day"
"...Theres such a charisma pouring out of this song! Takes alot of guts to sing like that. It sounds great though! I seriously appreciate it! And when the band comes in it gets very exciting! I love it THANK YOU"
--User: the crab, unsolicited, blinded review of "It Can't Rain Every Day"
BEST OF DAYS Best Male Vocals, Most Original, Best Beat, Best Drums, Grooviest Rhythm (GarageBand.Com weekly Reviewers' Picks Awards)
"I found myself yelling with you. Oh man, this is so F***ing cool. What vocals. The guitarist and Bassist are totally kicking it! The percussionist is a maniac, and I love that voice, man. WOW!!! I am your newest, bestest fan. You bad, MotherF***ers!!!! Even though this sounds like it was done in your kitchen, I wouldn't change a damn thing!!! Wow....I can't stop laughing. I got tears in my God damn eyes. Thank you, you guys are OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
--User: CDino2001, unsolicited, blinded review of "Best of Days"
"I am really digging the percussion. This track is really nice and raw sounding. The mix is strange but effective. I like the room sound on the vocals it sounds like you guys are all jamming tunes in somebodies garage with a sweet drum circle. I love the singer, he is strong and has a nice pallette of differnet sounds to work with. his improvised Jazzy sounds are awesome, its like a Jazzy acoustic Steven Tyler. kick ass. The dynamics are all really nice and tight, the quiet parts are rad. If you guys were to all go electriv this song could be even stronger i think. good stuff, keep it up. I will check out your other songs."
--User: HappyDaze, unsolicited, blinded review of "Best of Days"
"GOOD GOD! I am completely in awe, and a little jealous, of the musical prowess displayed in this song. The rhythm and stops in the guitar playing are mind blowing, and if the guitar player is also the singer than i have just lost a lot of confidence in my own abilities. The vocalist is amazing, and the scat singing really took me in, even though I have never been much of a fan previously. Of course the hand drums and bass build an unbreakable foundation. This song was amazing from start to finish twice, and I imagine it would continue to be every time I listened."
--User: jereboyd, unsolicited, blinded review of "Best of Days"
"...singer rules and percussion kicks ass!"
--User: bellospublicos, unsolicited, blinded review of "Best of Days"
"This is probably one of the more interesting songs I've heard on this site. I like the vocal improv that you have going on, and the song itself is engaging and fun to listen to.... high energy and performed well!"
--User: akj, unsolicited, blinded review of "Best of Days"
"... whacky Louie Prima on steroids in modern times."
--User: thas, unsolicited, blinded review of "Best of Days"
THE LINER NOTES:
LOS ANGELES, CA: December 10th, 2005.
Griffin Buboe, special correspondent
The joint is literally jumping. 2000 sweating, writhing fans hopping and pumping their fists in unison, screaming along with the band onstage in elegant orgasmic catharsis. "You are the soil/You want the stars/I am the moon/I am the moon." Spotlights track madly across the stage, flame pots explode in time with the infectious syncopation. Cameras are rolling, everyone is dancing, listening, grooving, digging it. The balcony is raucously rattling and may break loose from the pure pandemonium. How many times have I witnessed this scene in my dreams, and now it's really happening right before my eyes, and yet my heart is breaking. Brooke Burke is wearing a blindfold for a miniskirt, but I can hardly bear to ogle. Dave Navarro is playing air drums exactly like he's never played air drums before. The song is over and the singer is showered with panties --befitting the limp rags he has reduced himself to. You've got to give him that. Every monkey in the joint goes bananas. I can't bring myself to clap. Fried and Speranza rise from their thrones. Speranza takes the wireless mic from Navarro, "At last, our band is complete again. Jesse Palmer, you are the one. You are the new singer of Flip Nasty." Fried selects a single red rose, and together they ascend to the stage and embrace the chosen one.
"Yeah. I wish it could have been me. I always wanted to have a gig like that. Just once. I know it's a little ingenuine for TV and all, but still... It hurts to miss out on that." Cody Weathers is drawing a cartoon bear for his daughter Cara at the kitchen table in his inauspicious home in Portland, Oregon. We're debriefing about the wrap-up of ROCK STAR: FLIP NASTY, the wounds still fresh. I feel a kinship with this man. We're more than just interviewer and subject. We're like blood brothers, soldiers in the fight to bring Nerd Rock to the people, and the battle has seemingly been won, but the victory is not ours to savor. The price paid was high. Too high.
"I keep going over my strategy. Maybe I was overconfident. I mean, Week One, I was like, 'hey guys, it's me, let's put the hi-8s behind us and make some killer rock and roll.' Then that look in Speranza's eyes. Just flat. Emotionless. 'I'm sorry, Cody, you're just not right for our band, Flip Nasty.'" Weathers looks out over the rainy landscape then finishes his thought, "Leaving the Rock Star Mansion was probably the hardest thing I've ever gone through."
"For what it's worth, I thought you nailed 'Pretty One' to stave off elimination," I offer.
Weathers winces. He's not so sure. Privately self-critical, deep, and tortured. "It's never been my best song. I'm notorious for messing up the words. I guess that's why they chose it --to test me. And I guess --to be fair-- you can't really be the lead singer of Flip Nasty if you can't sing all the Flip Nasty songs. But still, I thought I did better than that JD Fortune guy." Fortune, winner of the prior ROCK STAR: INXS contest, was a return contestant, having been ignominiously dismissed from INXS after a heated court battle with fellow Aussie alphabet band ACDC, who successfully argued that Fortune's "Pretty Vegas" song (which factored prominently in his surprise victory over the more professional, more talented, and more popular Marty Casey) was nothing more than a crude re-working of their own smash hit "Thunderstruck." Week One saw Weathers, Fortune, and Chip Malcontent (former lead singer of Wretched Refuse) in the bottom three, fighting for their survival. The remaining members of Flip Nasty parceled out the tunes. To Weathers, "Pretty One," to Fortune, "Blue as the Moon," to Malcontent, "When."
I love all Flip Nasty songs equally, but even my eyebrows raised at the seemingly obvious gap in song popularity apparent in these choices. Weathers concurs in his own subdued way, "Yeah, it was kind of unfair. I'd say that those are two of my best songs, and 'Pretty One,' well.... I mean I like it and all, but it's not exactly wearing out the jukebox, if you know what I mean."
Daughter Cara (age: 21 mos), as if to comfort her forlorn father, points to the number seven. "Seben!"
"That's right sweetie; good job! Anyway, I guess I wish them well in their new incarnation, even though I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the fact I won't be a part of it."
Wish as we may that great art might be inspired by joy, it is the sad truth that the fuel that keeps the flame of creativity lit is pain. "This experience really opened my eyes to how much things have changed. I mean, I'm not 22 anymore. My life is different. I've got a family to think of, and with that come new priorities and responsibilities. But this kind of rejection really forces you to reflect on what went wrong, and let me just say this: message received and understood. When I came back home from LA, my wife sat me down and told it to me pretty straight. She said, 'look, I know it hurts you to hear this, but they're right about you: you're NOT right for Flip Nasty any more. Everybody but you seems to realize that nobody likes your loud screaming and screaming guitars. I keep telling you, but you just keep ruining your nice songs with screaming and loud screaming guitars. You should re-do those songs less screamily, OK? Welcome back.'"
A similar message was soon reiterated by Dixie Rorem, wife of long-standing Weathers sounding board, Eric Rorem. "You should stop tricking everybody by playing everything acoustic live, then all heavy metal and hard to listen to on the CDs. See, Marketing 101, mister: give them what they came for. I have an MBA."
Even Cara had some thoughts on the matter, " I say to Dada, 'Hey Dada, you use this tar, OK? It is a good one and sound pretty, OK? Don't use that one because it might be mad, OK? This is the good one to use. Use this drum with your hands like Cara drum, OK? Sing pretty, Dada. Don't be mad. Be pretty like Cara. Sing the nice songs pretty, OK? Go. Dada do it! Sing Catnip song, please. All done.'"
Younger daughter Hadley (age: 4 wks) concurs, "Ah."
"At some point, you just get tired of being nagged by everybody and give in. That's where I'm at now."
And so Least Significant Failures came to pass. An acoustic collection of the best Weathers songs from the past 15 years. Songs that have evolved through countless intimate performances in venues like La Dolce Vita, The Rising Phoenix, Caffe Sole, Higher Grounds, and Abstract Cafe. To the faithful, this is a masterwork, featuring all the nuanced flair that delighted us in those happier days. "My ten remaining fans --and I'm acutely aware that only eight of them aren't also spinning blades that stir the air in my house, so put your hands down-- voted on which songs to include, and I just sat down and tried to create the acoustic trio version of them: acoustic guitar, djembe, bass, and vocals. Most of the time, that's it. I pulled a few songs off earlier albums when the mix was already there, but I ended up re-recording quite a bit of material. This time, I admit I played all the instruments."
Says Vaunne of the finished product, "This is only half of what I asked for. I said no screaming. There's still too much screaming, although the guitars are a lot better. And also, sometimes I can't even tell the difference between his singing and scatting. But I'm not even going to fight that battle. In a marriage, you have to compromise, so I guess I'll let him go ahead on with the unintelligible whatnot."
To paraphrase JD Fortune's infamous lyric: "It ain't pretty after the show, it ain't pretty when the pretty leaves you with no place to go. But if you think you want it, here's the place to get it. You've been.... THUNDERSTRUCK!"
I have. Have you?