I honestly can’t remember when I first listened to Weezer. I don’t have that lightbulb moment stored away when I realised I loved them. They are just there.
It must have been in my mid to late teens, which is when I actually started to really care about music and find some bands I loved. I knew who they were, and my sister might have had ‘The Blue Album’ or something. Anyway, for maybe nine years they have been one of my favourite bands, and for a lot of the time I didn’t even realise it. I used to think Muse were my favourite band because they were one of the earliest bands I really loved, but then I realised that not only did I buy every single one of Weezer’s albums, I always found something I liked, even if the album itself was so-so (hello ‘Raditude’). It was also a big deal that my liking of them has stayed pretty constant over time – unlike Muse, where my opinion of them changes with every album (at the moment they are not in my good books).
Weezer wouldn’t be Weezer without Rivers Cuomo, and I’m happy to say I fulfil the cliche of idolising the lead singer. He used to have a reputation as being extremely demanding (like insisting on his own tour bus), and their old bassist allegedly left the band because of Rivers’ behaviouor. Now he’s much more mellow, and has a wife and children, and there are several references in more recent work to his realising his past behaviour might have been a bit off-putting. He’s a troubled genius, alright?! I never cared about any of that though because he makes the band’s music so great. If you really love Weezer it’s worth checking out Rivers’ demo albums, which are called ‘Alone’ volumes 1, 2 and 3. They contain early versions of songs that became Weezer hits, such as ‘Buddy Holly’, and a lot of random other stuff he recorded alone. Not all of it is great, but if you’re a fan there’s a lot of gold in there too.
Weezer have been one of the very few bands (maybe the only band?) that I have liked consistently for so long, and though they’ve done some not-great stuff, there’s always something to like and I’ve never ‘gone off’ them. For instance, their two most recent singles, ‘Thank God for Girls’ and ‘Do You Wanna Get High’ aren’t quite up to the quality of their last album ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’ (which is AMAZING), but that doesn’t mean I’ll give up on them. At their core they are just awkward and nerdy and passionate and weird and clever and brilliant.
Also, sidebar, I’ve never seen them live as they don’t tour that often, and come to the UK even less. I honestly don’t know what I’d do with myself if I ever got to see them live. I might die.
Their first album, one of several self-titled albums that are named after the colour on the cover, this is referred to as ‘The Blue Album’. It’s the best place to start and has some of their best classic songs. ‘The Green Album’ is probably the most pop-y and accessible. Latest album ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’ is the best thing they’ve done in years and I think ties with ‘Blue’ and ‘Maladroit’ for my favourite Weezer album.