Throwback Thursday: Watch a barely legal Good Charlotte cover Weezer’s “El Scorcho” in a mall in 2000

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If it seems like the Madden brothers have been a constant in the punk scene for the majority of your lives, it’s probably because they have been—the duo of Benji and Joel Madden formed Good Charlotte way back in 1995, and they’ve been nationally known since the September 26, 2000, release of their self-titled major label debut. But for today’s Throwback Thursday, we dig deep into the YouTube archives to find a 15-year-old clip of the Maddens playing a Good Charlotte acoustic set at a local mall in Maryland on July 28, 2000—two months before their self-titled album even came out, and just four months after the twins turned 21. According to this ancient tape trader’s website, the Maddens played six songs, including “Motivation Proclamation,” “Screamer,” “I Don’t Wanna Stop,” “Complicated” and “Little Things,” but amazingly, the only video that has surfaced online from that performance is this one, of the duo covering “El Scorcho,” off Weezer’s 1996 album Pinkerton. There is literally zero reason for this footage to even exist, which is why it’s so neat that it does—and it adds further proof of the Madden brothers’ love of Weezer (as if their recent Australian tour where they played Weezer’s Blue Album start to finish wasn’t proof enough).