Yesterday, we linked to an interview with Weezer guitarist Brian Bell, in which he said that the band’s forthcoming Hurley was, heartbreakingly, not named after Lost’s Hurley, but the clothing company. Bell has since taken to the band’s website for a retraction:
Recently I did an interview in Denver where I was asked why we called the album Hurley. I mistakenly said that Hurley funded the album. I later found out that it wasn’t true at all. Weezer paid for every penny of this recording. The reason the record is called “Hurley” is because Hurley (Jorge Garcia) is on the cover. We thought about leaving the record untitled for the fourth time, but that causes a lot of problems and he knew people would end up calling the record “Hurley” anyway. We got no money for calling the record “Hurley.”
Thank God!!! No, actually, despite this clarification, the provenance of the title remains a bit mysterious, given — as Stereogum points out — Rivers Cuomo's previously documented history with the brand. Much less mysterious: The fact that Rivers Cuomo doesn't seem to be selecting album names, or discussing Weezer's financial arrangements, with all the members of his band!