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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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They Might Be Giants
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