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Weezer Nab "National Geographic" Dog Photo for "Raditude" Cover

September 11, 2009 4:19 PM ET

Is this image sufficiently "rad" or boast enough "attitude" to be deemed worthy of Weezer's new album cover? Rivers Cuomo evidently votes yes. According to Spinner, who debuted the cover, the singer-guitarist spotted the reader-submitted photo in an issue of National Geographic, got in touch with the guy who snapped it, and discovered the dog — Sidney — "is a big Weezer fan."

There you have it, folks! We've heard crazier stories behind album covers (and wackier made-up words used as album titles), but this is definitely a contender for best or worst album cover of 2009, depending on where you stand. Let us know where you'd rank it in the comments.

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