One of first mainstream songs to address the trauma vets faced returning from war, it began when songwriter Andre Pessis paid a young Huey Lewis $20 to record a demo of this song for a documentary about the Vietnam War. The song never appeared in the movie, but Lewis did include it on his album Sports a few years later. "This song is about the Vietnam War," Lewis told one crowd. "Although none of us went, we had a lot of friends that did. A lot of people died over there, and a lot of people got real screwed up."
Accomplished tunesmith Desmond Child co-wrote "Weird" with the three brothers that make up Hanson. Credited for dozens of cuts, including songs by Kiss, Cher, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, Child told Rolling Stone that "Weird" holds a special place in his heart, "because it's about being different--and I grew up poor, I grew up being Latin, I grew up being gay, and now I'm fat!" The song was included on Hanson's 1997 album Middle of Nowhere, which sold more than ten million units.