Weezer released a new track titled “I Love the U.S.A.” honoring NASA’s Juno, a spacecraft set to reach Jupiter’s orbit July 4. The band follows in the footsteps of Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and composer Atticus Ross, who also commemorated the event with new music.
“I Love the U.S.A.” is the first new song Weezer’s debuted since dropping their self-titled tenth album this past April, and frontman Rivers Cuomo annotated its lyrics in a post on Genius.
The opening verse, he writes, references his family, Manhattan (his birthplace), and a childhood habit of biting his fingernails. “I started biting my fingernails when I was 10 just because I was curious why the heck people would bite their fingernails,” he explained. “And then it became a habit.”
Explaining the inspiration behind the song, Cuomo wrote, “We were on tour abroad, and it got me thinking a lot about America, which lead to me write ‘I Love The U.S.A.’ When Apple and NASA asked us to be involved with Juno’s historic landing on July 4th, this song seemed like the perfect fit.”