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Lead singer Rivers Cuomo has stated that this song is largely misinterpreted - it is not romantic, but is about defending a platonic female friend. (thanks, jen - schenectady, NY)
This was Weezer's breakthrough hit. It got a lot of play on Top-40 radio and reached #2 on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart. (thanks, Cam - St. Catharines, Canada)
Spike Jonze directed the video. Vintage Happy Days footage was intercut with shots of Weezer performing on the original Arnold's Drive-In set. Arguably one of the most popular clips of 1995, it scored four MTV Video Music Awards, including Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Music Video, and two Billboard Music Video Awards, among them Alternative/Modern Rock Clip of the Year. (thanks, Princess - Phoenix, AZ)
This was released on September 7, 1994, which would have been Buddy Holly's 58th birthday.
According to the book Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story, Cuomo didn't think this song fit on the album and was tempted to leave it off. It was the album's producer, Ric Ocasek, who convinced him to include it. Cuomo is glad they left it on, as it became one of his favorite songs to perform. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
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Comments (23):

I still love this song from the mid-Nineties & still love it in 2013. This song was on their Blue Album. Weezer's music has maintained popularity because so many fans relate to the messages and music.
- Elmer H, westville, OK
This is about a girl named Kyung He that Rivers was in the Santa Monica College choir with. The guys is Weezer would make fun of her. They were the "homies". I know I'm right, because Rivers says this in the booklet for Alone: the Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.
- bmn, Hisuan, Argentina
I've been a Weezer fan for 6 years, and Buddy Holly remains their Black Hole Sun
- karl, Ingatestone, United Kingdom
This video was one of the reasons Weezer hit mainstream success. Rivers Cuomo (the lead singer/guitarist) resented this, as he thought they only became famous on "gimmicks" (a Happy Days themed video) so he sought to remove all gimmicks from Weezer. The next music video of Weezer, El Scorcho, is the opposite, just a video of the band playing. No gimmicks.
- Danny, Place, MA
Great Weezer song. I heard recently that Rivers was in his bus when it skidded off of the road and crashed. Rivers was sent to the emergency room was he ok?
- Michael, Staten Island, NY
One of the best pop songs of the 90s. And Cuomo really had an understanding of those who did not fit the stereotype of "beautiful people." Well done.
- John, Andover, KS
The song is really great. And the video is pretty amazing.
- Mallory, Evansville, IN
Alot of incorrect information in the previous comments. The mail inspiration of this song was a girl who Rivers went to high school with. She was Asian, and spoke English very pooly ('your tongue is twisted, your eyes are slit'). She was the butt of alot of jokes and felt for her and took up for her. I've read that they werent actually dating, just platonic friends.
- Jeff, Austin, TX
Rivers Cuomo DOES actually look like Buddy Holly; not just because of the song or the glasses, either...
- Mike, Hillsborough, NJ
Apparently Mary Tyler Moore liked the song as well--after hearing it she sent the members of Weezer personally autographed photos.
- Jeremy, Greensboro, NC
uuhhh that guy really does look lioke buddy holly
- George, Salisbury, CT
the video is very cool. i really like the message of him protecting his friend, and he really does look buddy holly. he's pretty darn cute, too. but i could have sworn that the video came out in 1994, not 1995.
- leah, humboldt, IA
this is a cool song. i don't understand it though.
- Chelsea, Brainerd, MN
During Cuomo's younger years, he had a girlfriend who was made fun of by their peers. He wrote this song in defense of her. "Your tongue is twisted, your eyes are slit" must refer to the girl's flaws that led to her ridicule.
- Chris, Scranton, PA
While Holly married a Hispanic girl, I'm not sure how that relates to being platonic. I assume they consummated the relationship. And the Crickets didn't actually play the song from MTM. "Love is in the Air" was written by Sonny Curtis, who was (and is) a member of the Crickets. Curtis also wrote "I Fought the Law" among others. The video was directed by Spike Jonze, though :>
- Chris, Elk River, MN
The girl was actually his girlfriend, but the relationship was more platonic. Hence the buddy holly reference - Buddy Holly married a hispanic girl which was very frowned upon at the time.

There is also a link beetween Mary Tyler Moore and Buddy Holly. Buddy Holly's band The Crickets sang the theme song for The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The music video was directed by Spike Jonze
- lexie, sydney, Australia
i love this song it is pure genius
- Elly, Columbus, OH
lol i love this song!!! it rocks major ass and rivers is sexy i love all thier songs.....hes like 30 sumthin now and still not i right?
- cherie, pensicola, FL
Micheal is correct. If you have a copy of the Windows 95 CD, the video is in there.
- Alan, Singapore, Singapore
this song is the awesomest song ever!!! i love that weezer they are fantastic!! i want to be the mary tyler moore!
- Izzie, lala, HI
This is an awesome song with a cool message!
- Shana, Detroit Rock City, Canada
Some Windows 95 PC's came preloaded with the video.
- Michael, Reseda, CA
Hey, this is a great song. The chorus is the greatest part "Woo-hoo, I look just like Buddy Holly. Oh-oh, and your Mary Tyler Moore" He really does look like Buddy holly
- Scott, Monument, CO
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