Also known as 'The Blue Album', this release is seen as one of the most important debuts in the college rock/indie scene of America in the early 1990's. Starting off with the geek call to arms of 'My Name Is Jonas' the album also contains the huge hit 'Buddy Holly' which also introduced Spike Jonze as arguably the biggest alternative video director of the decade. This album is comparable to such artists as Pavement, Fountains Of Wayne and Everclear but with a definite unique touched owed to the band's evocation of the late 1950's rock sound
Weezer: Rivers Cuomo (vocals, guitar); Brian Bell (guitar, vocals); Matt Sharp (bass, vocals); Patrick Wilson (drums).
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York in August and September 1993.
All songs written or co-written by members of Weezer.
There's a demented pop fanaticism to Weezer you gotta love. Weezer's debut, produced by former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, combines Pixies roller coaster guitar rides with a helping of Beatle-esque moptop harmonies. Ocasek's production and Weezer's strong material will bring a glimmer of recognition to the eyes of anyone who remembers the Cars' melodic pop hooks.
Weezer's songs are groovy garage sales you wish happened every weekend. Songs like "The World Turned And Left Me Here" and "Surf Wax America" betray the heart of a kid who would rather skateboard to work every day than face up to the responsibility of buying a car.
Rivers Cuomo's wit and songwriting chops are evident in "In The Garage," where he sums up his generation's fascination with kitsch pop culture. Cuomo readily makes fun of Kiss posters and his own "stupid words" and "stupid songs," but later, in "Say It Ain't So," his self-mocking seems more like self-protection. After a decade of divorced parents, Cuomo comes to terms with a childhood he didn't want to give up. "Dear Daddy I write you in spite of years of silence," he admits, begging him to "Say It Ain't So."
WEEZER breathes life into the bloated corpse of guitar rock. If they'd only stay little till their pop records wore out, maybe more bands would be as enjoyable as Weezer.
Weezer's 1994 debut yielded the band two big hit singles in "Buddy Holly" and "Undone - The Sweater Song," whose quirky appeal gave the initial impression that the group was some kind of novelty act. Despite the wiseacre veneer though, Weezer went on to successfully combine bracing, punk-poppy alternative rock with a deep sense of irony that often made it impossible to tell whether the band was rocking out or "rocking out." This conceptual tension endeared Weezer to indie aesthetes, while the band's charging riffs and pummelling rhythms endeared them to a larger audience.
1. My name is Jonas
2. No one else
3. World has turned and left me here
4. Buddy Holly
5. Sweater song
6. Surf wax America
7. Say it ain't so
8. In the garage
10. Only in dreams