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  • Weezer was formed in Los Angeles, California. The were formed February 14,1992. The original memebers were Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Matt Sharp, and Jason Cropper. They opened for Dogstar, a band featuring Keanu Reeves, only 5 weeks after forming. On June 26,1993 Weezer was signed by Todd Sullivan to the DGC label. Weezer worked on their first album with Ric Ocasek producing, and recorded in New York City at Electric Lady Studios. On May 10, 1994, their self-titled album Weezer was released. Jason Cropper left during the recording and he was replaced by Brian Bell. Weezer's first single was the song "Undone -- The Sweater Song". The video was directed by Spike Jonze. It featured the band playing on a stage with various things going on around them. The second single was "Buddy Holly" which was released with a second video by Spike Jonze. It featured Weezer playing at a recreation of Arnold's Diner from Happy Days. The video was high in rotation on MTV. The video won two MTV Video awards, for Best Breakthrough Video, and Best Alternative Video. The third single was the song "Say It Ain't So". The video was directed by Sophie Muller. The band played hackey sack and played in their original rehearsal space. In December of 1994, Weezer took a break from touring. Rivers returned to his home in Connecticut and began work on the sophmore album. Rivers originally envisioned the sophmore album as a space-themed rock opera entitled Songs from the Black Hole. The band worked on this in various recording sessions in the Spring and Summer of 1995. It was eventuall scrapped, and some of the songs were salvaged as well as some new songs written by Rivers during hsi time at Harvard. On September 24, 1996, Weezer's sophmore album Pinkerton was released. It was considered a commercial failure due to weak sales. Pinkerton was labeled one of the worst albums of 1996 by Rolling Stone magazine. After completing their tour for Pinkerton, the band took a hiatus. The hiatus lasted from 1997 to 2000. During this time, the band had sparactic rehearsals. From 1998 to 2000 the abnd did not play together. Matt Sharp left the band, and was replaced by Mikey Welsh. Near the end of the hiatus, the band reunited at the Fuji Festival in Japan in April of 2000. The band began to practice together and even returned to plaing live shows under the name Goat Punishment. The band played under the name Weezer again on the 2000 Warped Tour. Eventually Weezer went back to the studio. The recorded Weezer commonly refered to as the Green Album. It was released on Mat 15, 2001. Ric Ocasek produced this album. Weezer was their first Top 10 Album, entering the charts at #4. In August Mikey Welsh was admitted to a psych ward. He was replaced by Scott Shriner. A year later the band entered the studio to record the follow up Maladroit. It was released on May 14, 2002. The album had two singles, "Keep Fishin'" and "Dope Nose". "Keep Fishin'" featured the muppets and saw heavy rotation on MTV. Weezer released their first DVD in March of 2004. It contained things from pre-Blue Album to Maladroit's Enlightment tour. In 2005, Weezer released Make Believe. The first single "Beverly Hills" was huge US hit. The song was nominated for a Grammy. The first time the band received a nomination. From September 8 to October 28, 2005, Weezer toured with the Foo Fighters on the Foozer tour. The band is currently back on hiatus.moreless

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    • Brian: The whole irony of "The Sweater Song" is that people sing along and don't catch what he's talking about: a relationship break-up.

    • Brian: We want to be known as a rock band. Whatever the trends may be, rock will be with us.

    • Brian: If someone's paying attention it doesn't worry me, no matter what the reason is. We're nerds compared to a typical rock band - none of us are big drinkers or partiers. We're not concerned with picking up girls every night. We like romantic endeavours and studying things on the road.

    • Brian: (about what he gave his card to Weezer) I was really impressed with Rivers' guitar playing and singing ability. I just saw a future for this band. I gave them my phone number, just thinking maybe my band could play a show with them or something. That was my intention, just to hang out, get to know them, and play shows with them. And they were cool, and they saw me at a party. I talked to Rivers afterwards, and this was the second time we talked. We probably spoke about ten minutes at the most.

    • Rivers: I've sold two million records, I've toured around the world singing in front of thousands of people. And there's a girl sitting across from me in English 101, and I just look up at her every once in a while and put my head back down. I'm still a pathetic fool. No matter how many records I sell, I'm never going to be in Kiss.

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    • Their sixth album Weezer (The Red Album) will be released on June 3, 2008.

    • Weezer's song Holiday featured on the 2006 movie Accepted.

    • Brian Bell decided on music after his parents took him to an Elvis concert at the age of 4.

    • Rivers spent time on their first tour in Europe going to operas and analyzing them.

    • Brain cited throwing the contents fruit basket out his hotel window in Las Vegas in 1995 as the first time he felt like a rock star.

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