Created in 1992, Weezer is an emo-alternative rock band that formed in sunny Los Angeles, California, during the flannel-wearing grunge era. The quartet currently consist of vocalist Rivers Cuomo, rhythm guitarist Brian Bell, drummer Patrick Wilson, and bassist Scott Skinner. Band members Jason Cropper, Matt Sharp, and Mikey Welsh have since left the group due to a variety of reasons.
Like many LA bands that came before, Weezer got their start gigging on Hollywood boulevard. Quickly after their inception, the band gained attention from label representatives and signed with a branch of Geffen Records that later became Interscope. In 1994, the group released their first self-titled album. Weezer quickly went to work touring, playing hit songs “Undone,” “Buddy Holly,” and “Say it ain’t So.” Cuomo’s nerdy hipster flair captivated audiences adding a certain humor to their style. Their bright and funny music videos expressed the bands personality and gained the band even further success. After the release of the “Buddy Holly,” video, the band was launched into the mainstream and the record eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Riding the wave of success, Weezer decided to experiment on their second album, and to mixed reviews released Pinkerton on September 4, 1996.
Dark and explorative, the new album came out of the gate slow; however, became a die-hard fan classic. Critics wrote the album off as one of the worst of the decade; notwithstanding, most withdrew their harsh views due to the record becoming popular over time. Due to popular demand, four years later, the increasingly popular band released The Summer Sessions. The beachside tunes consisted of “Hash Pipe,” “Slob,” and “Dope Nose,” which were fan favorites before their release.
Continuing the beach theme, one year later, Weezer released another self-titled album with the summer hit “Island in the Sun.” In 2002, things hit a low point for Weezer, after they replaced bassist Mikey Welsh and dropped their fourth album, Maladroit. The album was the worst-to-date for the band and it received negative reviews from fans and critics. The band kept a high head; however, and in 2004 released their first DVD, which led to their fifth album, Make Believe. Although better, the record received mixed reviews and was often shunned by long-time fans. Cuomo and his supporting cast continued writing and releasing singles up until their 2008 release of The Red Album. During this time, members of the band pursued acting careers and other endevears. In 2010, Weezer dropped their final album, Death to False Metal, and one year later announced the death of former bassist Mickey Welsh.
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