Weezer Artistfacts

  • 1992-
    Rivers CuomoVocals
    Brian BellGuitar1993-
    Mikey WelshBass1998-2001
    Pat WilsonDrums
    Jason CropperGuitar1992-1993
    Matt SharpBass1992-1998
    Scott ShrinerBass2001-
  • Weezer was formed on Valentine's Day 1992, but were not named yet. On the original tape, a slew of band names were all crammed on the label, a joke on how no one could decide on the name for the band yet. Some were old names, such as Fuzz (a band formed by Cuomo in 1991, featuring, among other members, Cuomo on vocals and guitar and Pat Wilson on drums), but there were also such notables as Meathead, Outhouse, Hummingbird, The Big Jones and This Niblet.
  • In 1993, after 16 months together playing shows and recording demos in Los Angeles, DGC records (Geffen) signed Weezer. The band moved to New York to record at the famed Electric Lady Studios under producer Ric Ocasek from The Cars. Ocasek produced their first and third albums. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2
  • Cuomo went into seclusion in 1998. He painted his walls black, disconnected his phone, and went months without speaking to anyone. Two years later, he came out of it and Weezer made their third album.
  • Their first, third and sixth albums are all called Weezer. They are known as The Blue Album, The Green Album and The Red Album, respectively.
  • The band members are unabashed geeks, whose leisure activities have included a good game of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Cuomo has a thing for female newscasters. His childhood crushes include Connie Chung and Maria Bartiromo.
  • Welsh arrived from Juliana Hatfield's band; Bell from a band called Carnival Art.
  • Cuomo's right leg has always been shorter then his left - at least until an operation allowed the leg to grow longer. Cuomo had to wear a leg brace for a time, and an x-ray of his brace can be seen in the inside picture of the EP The Good Life's booklet.
  • After their first album, Cuomo enrolled at Harvard. He left still needing two semesters to graduate and finally finished his bachelor's degree in English in 2006. Five days later, on his 36th birthday, he married Kyoko Ito.
  • Sharp started a side project called The Rentals in 1995. He went solo in 1999 and released CDs in 2002 and 2003. In 2002, he filed a lawsuit against the other members of the band over royalties from The Blue Album and Pinkerton.
  • Rivers Cuomo's side project was called Homie and released one song in 1999. Brian Bell's side project is called The Space Twins and has released two albums. Pat Wilson's side project is called The Special Goodness.
  • Rick Rubin produced the band's fifth album, Make Believe.
  • Weezer's 2010 tour rider reveals that the band wants to be provided with a quiet dressing room for meditation. The rider also shows that the band cares about the environment as the guys do not want styrofoam anywhere. As for food, they ask for only vegetarian and organic dishes.
  • The album Pinkerton was conceived as a rock opera, similar to Tommy from The Who, and was going to be called Songs From The Black Hole. When Cuomo went to Harvard for a year in '95-'96, he changed course. Some of the original songs were used on Pinkerton, others were used as B-sides, and the song "You Won't Get With Me Tonight" was released on a compilation CD called Gimmie Skelter.
  • "Rebel Weezer Alliance" (=rwa=) is what Weezer's official website started as in 1995. It was a fan site.
  • The "RCB" was a members-only Weezer fan message board notorious for all kinds of shenanigans from 2002-2004, which earned it a rather nasty reputation, sometimes for good reason. It got its start as a board that Cuomo sometimes posted on in 2002. The board turned into The Really Cool Board, then the Really Cool Baseball board, shunning all activity unless it was about baseball. In mid-2005 it blinked out of existence. However, some former RCBers started a replacement board, the "Really Really Cool Board."
  • "Weezer" was Cuomo's asthmatic childhood nickname.
  • Cuomo has had some articles published. His first two were for Details magazine. "Life In The Fast Lane" was published in the January 1995 issue (Stephen Dorff on the cover), and "Road Worriers," published in the April 1995 issue (Trent Reznor on the cover). The third article appeared in the February 1995 copy of Chart, a small Canadian magazine. The issue had Eric's Trip and Suede on the dual cover, and the article was one page with a promo photo from the Blue Album era.
  • The first 600,000 copies of the US version of Maladroit were individually numbered.
  • Cuomo: "Because I'm so terrible at expressing my feelings directly, and because no one really cares, and because anything real is impossible to talk about, I've come to rely on music more and more to express myself."
  • Growing up in Connecticut, Cuomo was in a band called Avant Garde. After the band moved to LA, they changed their name to Zoom. When Zoom broke up in 1990, most members besides Cuomo returned to Connecticut. Around this time, Cuomo was starting to write his own music.
  • The band's first show took place on Thursday, March 19, 1992, at Raji's, a club on Hollywood Boulevard, later made famous from the photo on that Nirvana 7". The show happened quite suddenly. The band somehow got offered an opening slot for Keanu Reeves' band, Dogstar. Apparently there was no show booked that night at all, and when Dogstar asked to play, there was a need for some opening acts to try and beef up the draw earlier on in the night. Meanwhile the as-yet-unnamed Weezer was itching to start playing out and started calling around that day to try and book some gigs. The guy at Raji's said, "How about tonight?" and so it was. They only needed to come up with a band name at this point, and a major brainstorming session ensued. In the end, Cuomo stuck with his "Weezer" suggestion, and no one could beat it. The band called everyone they knew and got 17 people to show up and watch. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 9
  • Cuomo to Rolling Stone on the band's clean lyrics: "I don't like to use real swear words. Weezer came up at at time when Jane's Addiction released "Nothing's Shocking" - everyone was trying to be controversial. We looked back to rock & roll's pre-drug days - to the clean images of the Beach boys - that felt, ironically, rebellious."
  • Cuomo take a very scientific approach to lyrics, keeping a spreadsheet with thousands of lines with data on syllable counts that he can call up when needed.
  • Rivers Cuomo was raised in a Connecticut ashram run by the master yogi Satchidananda Saraswati. He recalled to Q magazine: "Yoga and meditation were part of school every day. We had chores like feeding the ponies and clearing the brush (shrubland) for construction."

Comments: 20

  • Randy from Fayettevile, ArI love Weezer for its quirkiness which makes it a fun band. I learned about Weezer from my Dad & uncle who both grew up loving Weezer when Weezer first began in the Nineties. Weezer's leader, Rivers Cuomo, writes some very good songs. Some are confusing, but overall most of his songs are very catchy. My favorite Weezer songs are "Beverly Hills" "Hash Pipe" "In My Garage" "Undone (The Sweater Song)" and "Surfwax America." Here in 2014, Weezer is still going strong.
  • Aaron from New York, NyWeezer's New Album, Hurley, is GREAT! BUT, check out Weezer's Blue Album performed live by Doublethink, Oct. 8, 2010 in Hamden, Conn. @ The Space.
  • Tabitha from Lake Havasu City, AzWhat's not to love about Weezer? They're a few dorks who are rather talented with their music, have relatable yet laughable lyrics, unique music videos, and a sound that sticks.
  • Michael from Morris County, Njweezer is great. their music is laid back and they have a great sense of humor
  • Andrew from Bartlett, TnI love Weezer because their songs are about life and i love buddy holly, island in the sun, only in dreams,beverly hills and say it aint so.
  • Silvy from Merida, South AmericaWeezer is great! I love their music, and their sound is really original!
  • Shannon from Hamilton, CanadaPAVEMENT--with out them there would be no weezer...they are the originators. If you like weezer check out pavement...they arent as pop but just as random
    i cant believe you dont have any pavement songs listed here but you have rufio...shame
  • Jeevan from Brampton, CanadaWeezer's songs are really good. They are funny, too. I like their song Perfect Situation.
  • Lexie from Sydney, Australiaok now my last post makes no sense,

    he likes female newscasters and asian girls.. apparently.
  • Travis from Laconia, NhI thought Cuomo liked female newscasters.
  • Lexie from Sydney, Australiathen why leave a post here?
  • Izzie from Lala, HiWeezer is great.........!!!! (the band was formed 3 days before my bday!) i frikkin love it. you know what, i think that one of my p.e. coaches is rivers long lost twin, because they are IDENTICAL. they have the same face, same body, same hair, same GLASSES! its crazy. so weird. weezer has sort fo a weird way of putting things, but its cool. like in the sweater song, thats just weird. if you want to destroy my sweater pull this thread as i walk away, and later they say, i dont want to destroy your tank top. hahahahhahahaha. and in the song only in dreams they say That way there's no way I will crush your pretty toenails into a thousand pieces... sort fo weirs, but tis cool. i LOVE weezer!! beverly hills is my favoirite song right now!
  • Zak from Philadelphia, PaFor all of River's eccentricities (living in exile, tossing out great songs like they were garbage) and quiting the band after every album he is still one of the most brilliant songwriters of our generation (im talkin Kurt Cobian territory) and none of which are more prevelent than on weezer's best album Pinkerton.
  • Lexie from Sydney, Australiaah i love weezer! they are the besstt! pinkerton is their best album
  • Alan from Singapore, SingaporeTheir song "Buddy Holly" was made into a video on the set of Happy Days where they played a college band. It was on the Windows 95 CD as well.
  • Meg from Worcester, MaI think Blue was their most impressive album, though they are all equally enjoyable. I would definitely suggest the Deluxe Edition of Blue...the extras are amazing. It's worth it to check out their b-sides and such as well, they're usually just as good as the albums.
  • Rigina from Orange, CaI personally think pinkerton is weezers best album and the blue album is next.
  • Peter Hamilton from Brussels, BelgiumThe lawsuit over Pinkerton should also be mentioned. The fact that many felt it as weezers cause for "inactivity" was the lack of success of Pinkerton. It is now, in my oppinion, as good as the other albums, if not better, with the exception of Maladroit (i didnt like maladroit nearly as much)
  • Richard from Alva, Okbassist mikey welsh left the band and has since been replaced by scott shriner. brian bell has a side-project called "space twins" and patrick wilson has a side-project called "special goodness." weezer has actually played some special shows under the name "goat punishment." their flying =w= logo and even some of their t-shirt designs are tongue-in-cheek tributes modeled on van halen designs.
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