Weezer

Weezer
Weezer. Photo by Theo Wargo / Getty Images

Formation and Early Success

The rock group Weezer was formed in 1992 by lead guitar player and vocalist Rivers Cuomo, drummer Patrick Wilson, bass player Matt Sharp, and guitar player Jason Cropper. The name was adopted from Rivers Cuomo's childhood nickname earned from his affliction with asthma. The group's first live gig came opening for actor Keanu Reeves' band Dogstar. The group was signed to a recording contract by Geffen Records in June 1993 and recorded their self-titled debut album, also known as The Blue Album, with Cars member and producer Ric Ocasek.

During the sessions Jason Cropper was replaced by Brian Bell.

When a Seattle radio station began playing "Undone - The Sweater Song" off the album, it was released as the first single. It scored on the alternative chart reaching the top 10, and it was followed by the top 20 pop radio hit "Buddy Holly." The latter was notable for its accompanying music video that included spliced in footage from the hit TV series Happy Days.

Current Weezer Members

  • Brian Bell - Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Rivers Cuomo - Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Scott Shriner - Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Patrick Wilson - Drums

Quote From Weezer's Rivers Cuomo

"I was really sad and started to write songs. most of them sucked, but it became a habit that stuck with me."

Pinkerton

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo had mixed feelings about the band's sudden success. For their second album Pinkerton, they turned to darker sounds and subject matter. The album was released in 1996 to a muted response.

It failed to reach platinum status after triple platinum for the group's debut. Weezer completed a tour in support of Pinkerton by mid-1997 and then took a nearly three year hiatus from projects together as a band.

Triumphant Return

Weezer came back together in the spring of 2000 and joined the summer's Warped Tour for nine shows.

In May of 2001 they released their second album titled Weezer, and it quickly became known as The Green Album due to the bright green color of the album cover. It became the band's first top 10 hit album and began an unbroken string of top 10 charting collections that continued through 2014. The Green Album was certified platinum and included the #2 charting alternative song "Hash Pipe." In the summer of 2001, Scott Shriner joined Weezer as bass player.

The next album Maladroit appeared only one year after The Green Album. It again charted in the top 10 and the single "Dope Nose" reached the alternative songs top 10. The music video for "Keep Fishin'" was notable for including appearances from The Muppets.

Weezer's Top Hit Singles

  • 1994 - "Undone - The Sweater Song" - #6 alternative
  • 1994 - "Buddy Holly" - #2 alternative
  • 1995 - "Say It Ain't So" - #7 alternative
  • 2001 - "Hash Pipe" - #2 alternative
  • 2002 - "Dope Nose" - #8 alternative
  • 2005 - "Beverly Hills" - #1 alternative, #10 pop
  • 2005 - "We Are All On Drugs" - #10 alternative
  • 2005 - "Perfect Situation" - #1 alternative
  • 2008 - "Pork and Beans" - #1 alternative
  • 2008 - "Troublemaker" - #2 alternative
  • 2009 - "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" - #2 alternative
  • 2014 - "Back To the Shack" - #5 alternative

Conquering Pop Charts

Legendary producer Rick Rubin worked with Weezer on their next album Make Believe. It was not released until three years after Maladroit. The lead single "Beverly Hills" became the biggest hit single of the band's career. It was a gold certified single and the band's first to top the alternative songs chart. "Beverly Hills" also became the group's first top 10 charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100 earning the band's first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song.

Rick Rubin produced Weezer again on the group's third album titled Weezer in 2008. It quickly became known as The Red Album. The album included the #1 alternative songs radio hit "Pork and Beans."

Continued Success

Following a tour with pop punk veterans Blink-182, Weezer released their album Raditude in December 2009.

The album cover included a National Geographic contest winning photograph of a jumping dog. It became the band's final album for Geffen Records. They eventually moved to the independent label Epitaph.

Weezer's eighth studio album Hurley in September 2010, less than a year after Raditude. The cover featured a close up of the face of actor Jorge Garcia who appeared as the character "Hurley" on the hit TV series . 

"Back To the Shack," the lead single for Weezer's album Everything Will Be Alright In the End, brought the band back to the top 10 of the alternative songs chart in 2014 for the first time in five years. The group worked with Ric Ocasek as producer for the first time since the band's second album Pinkerton. It was widely considered to be one of the best albums of the band's career.

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