Lead singer Rivers Cuomo said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine that this is about how he could live in Beverly Hills but he wouldn't fit in. "I could live in Beverly Hills, sure," he says, meaning he could afford it easily. "But I couldn't belong there.'" Beverly Hills is a very wealthy area where many celebrities and socialites live.
Producer Rick Rubin worked on the album. He has worked with many successful bands, including Aerosmith and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Rivers Cuomo: "I was at the opening of the new Hollywood Bowl and I flipped through the program and I saw a picture of Wilson Phillips. And for some reason I just thought how nice it would be to marry, like, an 'established' celebrity and live in Beverly Hills and be part of that world. And it was a totally sincere desire. And then I wrote that song, Beverly Hills. For some reason, by the time it came out and the video came out, it got twisted around into something that seemed sarcastic. But originally it wasn't meant to be sarcastic at all."
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