You can invent all the electric cars and rocket ships you want, but haven't really made it until someone writes a song about you.
Now, Elon Musk joins an elite clique that includes Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, and Beethoven. The Rentals, a rock band fronted by former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, have released a song about the billionaire entrepreneur entitled "Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad." The track, which you can listen to below, was first spotted by Wired.
Musk isn't quite the hero of the song (which begins, appropriately, with the sound of a rocket taking off). Instead, he's a character that the song's narrator compares himself to.
In the lyrics, Sharp and Musk are childhood friends and rivals. (It's all fictitious: Musk grew up in South Africa, Sharp in Virginia.) Musk and Sharp both get computers for Christmas; Sharp uses his to make fake IDs for his friends, while Musk studies and perfects how to use his.
The lyrics become more melancholy from there, with the narrator regretting that he couldn't surpass his adversary despite being two years older. Eventually, he ends up hoping Musk will include him in the first batch of humans he sends to Mars. Sharp told Wired he wrote the song during some tough times after his father's death about a year and a half ago.
Sharp served as Weezer's bassist from its formation in 1992 until 1998. He played bass for the band on its 1994 eponymous debut album (often referred to as "The Blue Album") as well as 1998's "Pinkerton," two of the most heralded albums of the 90s. You would think all that success would have Sharp feeling confident, but there's some definite existential crisis at play here:
But for a second, there's no question, I had the lead in '95
But the small ambitions of a musician, I could not keep my eye on the prize
I watched him fly by, to incredible heights
Keep your chin up, Matt! Not everyone can teach themselves rocket science.
Listen to the song via Soundcloud below.