[[caption-width-right:320:L-R: Scott Shriner, Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo and Pat Wilson]]
->"''Oo-ee-oo I look just like Music/BuddyHolly,\\
Oh-oh, and you're Creator/MaryTylerMoore,\\
I don't care what they say about us anyway,\\
I don't care bout that."''
-->-- "'''Buddy Holly'''"
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Weezer is an AlternativeRock[=/=]PowerPop/Music/{{Emo}} band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, with its current lineup consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, guitar), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Scott Shriner (bass), and Patrick Wilson (drums, occasional guitar). Its past members were Jason Cropper (guitar, 1992-1994), Matt Sharp (bass, backing vocals, 1992-1998) and Mikey Welsh (bass, backing vocals, 1998-2001). Sharp is as well or better known as the frontman of his own band, the Rentals.

* ''Music/WeezerTheBlueAlbum'' (1994)
* ''Music/{{Pinkerton}}'' (1996)
* ''Weezer ([[ChromaticArrangement The Green Album]])'' (2001)
* ''Maladroit'' (2002)
* ''Make Believe'' (2005)
* ''Weezer ([[RuleOfThree The Red Album]])'' (2008)
* ''Raditude'' (2009)
* ''Hurley'' (2010)
* ''Death to False Metal'' (2010)**
* ''Everything Will be Alright in the End'' (2014)
* ''Weezer ([[RunningGag The White Album]])'' (2016)
* ''Pacific Daydream'' (2017)

Interestingly, despite several airplay hits such as "Buddy Holly" and "Island in the Sun", their [[OneHitWonder only Billboard hit]] is "Beverly Hills" at no. 10.

!!! "Your trope is a heart breaker..."
* {{Adorkable}}: Rivers Cuomo can be this in some of his more naive lyrical moments. ''Pinkerton'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this trope, where the protagonists of the songs go past adorkable and right into creepy.
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Everything Will Be Alright In The End'' was their first album to have one, and it actually happens twice: Once it's part of a SpokenWordInMusic intro to "Ain't Got Nobody", the second time it's actually sung in "Foolish Father".
* AlcoholicParent: "Say It Ain't So."
* AudienceParticipationSong: "El Scorcho" ("why you wanna go and do me like that/come down to the street and DANCE with me!") "The Greatest Man that Ever Lived" (during the sections directly after each tempo change).
** The 'hip hip' part of "Island in the Sun."
** "I've HAD it!" from "The Good Life."
** The "oh OH!" chorus of "Perfect Situation."
* BadassBoast: "The Greatest Man that Ever Lived"
** A lot of The Red Album can be described this way. See "Troublemaker," "Everybody Get Dangerous," and "Cold Dark World."
* BuffySpeak: One of Rivers' trademarks is occasionally breaking into this during his lyrics. It's especially evident on their first two albums - the later ones somewhat hid that aspect beneath WordSaladLyrics.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Rivers, at least in his online series ''Let's Write a Sawng''.
* ClothingDamage: "If you want to destroy my sweater... (whoa whoa whoa!)"
* ConceptAlbum: ''Pinkerton'' drew much of its influence from [[Music/GiacomoPuccini Puccini's]] opera, ''Theatre/MadameButterfly''; and of course, there's the scrapped ''Songs From the Black Hole''.
** ''Everything Will Be Alright In The End'' is at least a loose one: Rivers Cuomo has stated in an interview that all of the songs on the album are parts of three song cycles with common lyrical themes: ''Belladonna'' (songs about girls), ''The Panopticon Artist'' (songs about the band's relationship with fans and the music industry), and ''Patriarchia'' (songs about fatherhood, heavily informed by his reconnection with his own father).
* CreditsGag: ''Pinkerton'' includes the credit "Karl Koch - Karl Koch" (a long-time friend of the band who runs their website, among other things). The [=EPs=] ''The Lion And The Witch'' and ''Winter Weezerland'' both credit Rupert Peasley as a producer: "Rupert Peasley" was the FanNickname for the man depicted on the cover of ''Maladroit''.
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''The Red Album'' lets Brian, Scott, and Pat shine.
** Brian sings "Thought I Knew", the bonus track "It's Easy", and shares lead vocals on "Dreamin'" and "Everybody Gets Dangerous".
** Scott sings "Cold Dark World", the bonus track "King" and shares lead on their cover of Music/TheBand's "The Weight".
** Pat sings "Automatic" and the cover of Music/TalkTalk's "Life's What You Make It".
** Though, Pat did co-write a couple of Blue Album songs, namely "My Name Is Jonas" (co-written with Jason Cropper, too) "The World Has Turned And Left Me Here" and "Surf Wax America". He also co-wrote Blue outtake "Lullabye for Wayne".
** Pat also wrote the Raditude track "In The Mall," though Rivers sings it.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Pinkerton'' was much darker thematically and rougher musically than its predecessor: the self-titled debut. The initial backlash was so great that the following ''Green Album'' marked a decided turn towards LighterAndSofter the band hasn't really returned from.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDIzMGh94vo "If You're Wondering If I Want You To"]] has this happen to two people: one standing in the street watching said girl, and the other driving a pickup truck, which hits the one standing in the street.
* DorkInASweater: "Come Undone" aka "The Sweater Song".
* DrugsAreBad: "We Are All on Drugs".
** "Do You Wanna Get High?" also seems to imply this.
* EasterEgg: The Green Album booklet folds out to a poster of the band onstage - hidden among the crowd are the silhouettes of [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike Nelson, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot]]. The same album also has the word "No" hidden under the tray, [[RiddleForTheAges which has caused speculation among fans about what it's supposed to mean]] - theories range from a reply to the text hidden under ''[[Music/{{Radiohead}} OK Computer's]]'' tray (which ends with the question "would you like to come home with me") to a message to fans that the album would not be another ''Pinkerton''. The band have not confirmed any of these theories, and the only comment came from webmaster Karl Koch, who simply said: [[ShrugOfGod "No means no".]]
** Similar to the "No" example, but more ambitious, ''Pinkerton'' has a map under its CD tray with "Isol Della Farfalla e Penisola Di Cane." [[BilingualBonus which is Italian for]]: "Island of the Butterfly and Peninsula of Dog.", a ship named the U.S.S. Pinkerton, Mykel and Carli Island, a reference to the founders of Weezer's fan club, more [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' and the names of musicians who influenced the band during recording. (Music/BrianWilson, Music/YngwieMalmsteen, etc.)
* EpicRocking: "Only in Dreams".
* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''Everything Will Be Alright in the End'' was met with near-unanimous love from the fanbase- their first album in over ''fifteen years'' to not cause some kind of BrokenBase.
* {{Flanderization}}: The chief criticism directed at Weezer's albums after ''Pinkerton'' (especially ''Green'', ''Maladroit'' and ''Make Believe'') is that Rivers Cuomo "dumbed down" his songwriting to a StrictlyFormula process after the more ambitious ''Pinkerton'' completely tanked. This [[http://tvs.soymilkrevolution.com/?p=910 three]]-[[http://tvs.soymilkrevolution.com/?p=940 part]] [[http://tvs.soymilkrevolution.com/?p=954 essay]] elaborates on that theory.
* GuestStarPartyMember: The band's archivist Karl Koch has several appearances on albums, such as being responsible for the piano destruction at the end of "Undone - The Sweater Song" and playing percussion on "Butterfly". According to Koch, the latter's because "Butterfly" was the last song recorded in a crunch at around 3 AM, when the only people left in the studio were Rivers, him, and engineer [[Music/MercuryRev Dave Fridmann]].
* IAmTheBand: Rivers has always had a dictatorial streak as a frontman (Matt Sharp left the band due to this), but it reached an apex around 2001-2002 when he took complete control of the band. Rivers himself [[http://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/index.php?title=What_I%27ve_Been_Up_To_Since_I_Left_School admitted]] he turned into a SmallNameBigEgo around this point thanks to his obsession with "conquering the world" with his music. It seems he's let up a bit lately, considering the other members' contributions to ''The Red Album'' and the co-writes on ''Raditude'' and ''Hurley''.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Pacific Daydream'' is their lightest album to date, with an increased pop rock influence. "Mexican Fender" and "Weekend Woman" are the closest you'll get to "classic Weezer" on that album.
* LongRunnerLineUp: The band hasn't changed since 2001 (though only Rivers and Patrick Wilson are founding members)
* LyricalDissonance: "Surf Wax America" is an upbeat, high tempo song about a guy who avoids obligations so that he can surf all day... only to be pulled in by undertow and killed.
** "Cold Dark World" has lyrics promising to be there for a love interest no matter what, set to slow, ominous minor key music - even though there's no signs of malice in the lyrics, it ends up sounding like it's about a StalkerWithACrush. The music and lyrics were written separately by different members of the band, and they just found the juxtaposition interesting.
** "I'm A Robot" is pretty happy-sounding for being about a jaded office worker whose only release is alcohol.
* MinisculeRocking: "My Evaline", a 44 second barbershop cover released as a BSide.
* {{Mondegreen}}: One of the more widespread ones came from "Hash Pipe"'s chorus, where the lines "I've got my eyes wide" and "You got your Big G's" were misheard as "I've got my ass wipe" and "You got your big cheese".
** Scott Shriner apparently had one for "Surf Wax America" when he was still a new addition to the band: The version from the [[LiveAlbum live EP]] ''The Lion And The Witch'' has him singing the bridge backing vocals as "We will write a postcard to our friends and family and freebase" (instead of "...in free verse"), and ends with Rivers correcting him.
** "In the Garage" has "I've got Peter Criss" misheard as "I've got me a dress".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally in the 4 to 5 range. ''Pinkerton'', however, is mostly a solid 6 (with "Butterfly" being a 1). "Get Me Some", "Everyone" and several songs from ''Maladroit'' also reach a 6. ''Pacific Daydream'' is their softest album, with most songs from it sitting at a 3.
* NotableMusicVideos: Every single one, except the ones associated with the Pinkerton album (see Crowning Moment Of Awesome on the YMMV page).
* OneManSong: ''Buddy Holly''.
* ParentalAbandonment: "Say It Ain't So" is about this.
* PreachersKid: The unreleased "Preacher's Son"
* PrecisionFStrike: "Can't Stop Partying", said by Music/LilWayne. Rivers himself uses "goddamn" in "Undone - The Sweater Song" (Goddamn/I am), "Across the Sea" (Goddamn, this business is really lame), "El Scorcho" (Goddamn you half-Japanese girls/Do it to me every time) and "Falling for You" (Holy sweet goddamn, you left your cello in the basement), the latter also including "hell". The effect is similar since Rivers himself pointed out that he usually avoids swearing:
-->''Weezer came up at a time when Music/JanesAddiction 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 Music/TheBeachBoys that felt, ironically, rebellious.''
** "My Brain Is Working Overtime", which was only performed live during one tour, included the lyric "tell the world to fuck itself" - it's only commercial release was a Rivers Cuomo solo demo that omitted the verse with that lyric entirely. In 2016, the non-album single "I Love The USA" became the first officially released Weezer song where Rivers himself delivered an f-bomb: "I love the USA/ Fuck yeah, this place is great". Even then, they also released a censored version replacing "fuck yeah" with "eff yeah".
** Prior to "I Love the USA" Rivers did say "fag" in the song "Dope Nose" (Fag of the year/Who could beat up your man).
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Rivers Cuomo, at least occasionally. Weirdly, he seems to have been incredibly conscious of this trope and refused to make any of Weezer's songs 'funky' because he thought he'd be accused of it, white people attempting to be "funky" with bad results being a RunningGag between him and Matt Sharp. He apparently didn't realize that his lyrics sometimes went into this territory, but he did relent on three occasions: for the song "Hot Tub", the {{Reggae}} riff that underpins the verses of "Say It Ain't So", and covering Music/IceCube's "The Bomb" (a home demo that was released on the first ''Alone'' compilation).
* RaceFetish: Part of ''Pinkerton'''s famously uncomfortable honesty includes Cuomo admitting to having one of these for Asian women. He would later [[JustifiedTrope marry a woman of Japanese ethnicity]].
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: 'Back to the Shack' directly addresses the criticisms lobbed at the last several albums before it and assures the listeners who ''hate'' those albums to any extent that it's going to get better with their writing and production. It did.
** The same song also addressed fan criticism of then-recent concerts: From 2009-2012 they started bringing a second drummer, Josh Freese, on tour so the band could switch instruments for certain songs, with drummer Patrick Wilson notably playing guitar and/or singing at times. Fans seemed to prefer seeing the members stick to their usual roles, hence the lyric "Maybe I should play lead guitar and Pat should play the drums".
* RearrangeTheSong: "Weekend Woman" from ''Pacific Daydream'' is a drastically reworked version of "Burning Sun", a ''Green Album'' outtake that leaked long beforehand. Basically the verse melody and a few RecycledLyrics were used as a jumping off point for a new song.
** "Thought I Knew", Brian Bell's StepUpToTheMicrophone song on ''The Red Album'', was originally a song by his side project The Relationship. The Weezer version changed it from a minor key to a major one because the band felt it fit the feel of the album better that way.
* RockersSmashGuitars: The inner booklet of ''The Blue Album'' shows a photo of the band's garage, and the headstock of a guitar Rivers had previously smashed to pieces.
* {{Scatting}}: The earliest demo of "Burndt Jamb", where the vocals consisted entirely of combinations of "do" and "ah". The ''Maladroit'' version added proper lyrics, but there was still some scatting in the backing vocals ("doot do do do")
* SelfBackingVocalist: Rivers did this on ''Green'', in contrast to the VocalTagTeam method the band used in TheNineties.
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''Four'' of them! They are usually told apart by the main color of their covers (1994: "Blue Album", 2001: "Green Album", 2008: "Red Album", and 2016: "White Album").
* ShoutOut: "In the Garage" is basically an extended, geeky shout-out to all the things Rivers loves (Music/{{Kiss}}, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''ComicBook/XMen''...).
** And of course ''Hurley'' for ''Series/{{Lost}}'', the cover of the album being a picture of actor Jorge Garcia.
** "Devotion" has the line "I'm no six foot hot look all American man", a shout out to the somewhat obscure {{Music/Kiss}} song "All American Man" (in which Paul Stanley says he ''is'' "a six foot hot look all American man").
** "El Scorcho" is named after Del Scorcho brand sauce, quotes a line from [[Music/PublicEnemy "Don't Believe the Hype"]], name-drops [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestlers]] [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} Johnny Grunge]] and Wrestling/NewJack and references Cio-Cio San, the protagonist of ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' from whence the album ''Pinkerton'' derives its concept. There is also a line referencing Music/GreenDay. Apparently the girl that this song was written about had never heard of them. How cool is that?
** Every YouTube video ever (of the late 2000's) in the "Pork and Beans" video.
** And "Heart Songs" is a long shout out to Rivers' musical influences, to the point where a single line will most likely namecheck at least 2 songs or musicians. For instance:
-->''Music/QuietRiot got me started with the banging of my head''
-->''Music/IronMaiden, Music/JudasPriest and Music/{{Slayer}} taught me how to shred''
---> ...and...
-->''Eddie Rabbitt sang about how much he loved a rainy night''
-->''Music/{{ABBA}}, Music/{{Devo}} and [[Music/PatBenatar Benatar]] were there the day Music/JohnLennon died''
** Music/{{Slayer}} is also mentioned at the beginning of "(If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To", albeit just as a shirt logo.
** The ''Blue Album'' B-side "Susanne" originally included a shout-out to [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]][[note]]Rivers is a big Nirvana fan, to the point that during Weezer's hiatus, the band played a secret show of Nirvana covers in 1998 under the name "Goat Punishment"; ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' also gets referenced in "Heart Songs", and the band would open the encore of the Troublemaker tour by playing a cover of "Sliver" as a trio[[/note]], and his rival [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]]. The lyrics were revised after his suicide to replace Cobain's name with Rose's bandmates Izzy and Slash, but whenever the band plays "Susanne" live they use the original lyric instead.
** The photo of the band's garage in the booklet of ''The Blue Album'' shows a poster of ''[[Music/JudasPriest British Steel]]'' on the wall.
** A line from Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori ("She touched my ankle, Paranoid Android!") references Music/{{Radiohead}}.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Every member gets a shot at singing lead on ''The Red Album''.
* StudioChatter: If you listen to the multitracks for "El Scorcho," you can hear the rest of the band cracking up in the background. Also, the famous "[[TitleDrop el scorcho]]... rrrrocknroll!" at the beginning of the song seems to have been part of a conversation the band was having about Taco Bell sauce that [[ThrowItIn just got left in the mix.]]
** There is also the dialogue in-between verses of "Undone (The Sweater Song)".
** This was intentionally utilized on The White Album. As Rivers explained on the Song Exploder podcast, producer Jake Sinclair would have the band gather around a microphone to improvise harmonies and banter. This is most noticeable in "Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori" (Specifically Brian saying "you witch!" and someone imitating a piano after the line "Sweet piano melodies play").
* SurferDude: "Surf Wax America" is a sarcastic take on the subject.
* TakeThat[=/=]WriterRevolt: "Pork and Beans" is one against record executives.
** As is The British Are Coming
* TakeThatAudience: "Space Rock" stemmed from some of the frustration Rivers Cuomo had while interacting with fans on message boards - Hence "You wanna cry when you're dealing with the kids / they know it all, and they're pinning you to the boards".
** I've Had it Up to Here could also be seen as this. "I tried to give my best to you, but you put up your ears. Now I just can't take no more, I've had it up to here." And, later. "If you think I need approval from a baseless drum, that's where you're wrong."
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Especially in ''The Green Album'' and ''Maladroit'', which clock at less than 30 minutes.
* VocalTagTeam: During the ''Blue'' and ''Pinkerton'' era, it was Rivers on lead and Brian and Matt doing backing vocals (Matt's were usually falsetto), and some song parts spotlight them more than Rivers (the breakdowns of "Surf Wax America" and "Holiday").
** While occasionally utilized after Pinkerton, as of The White Album, it seems they've fully gone back to this approach (albeit with Scott on falsetto instead of Matt).
* AWildRapperAppears:
** Music/LilWayne's verse on "Can't Stop Partying"(and Chamillionaire's verse in the alternate version), Omitted in the Acoustic Version.
** Rivers himself does this at the start of "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived".
* WordSaladLyrics: Weezer lyrics are generally pretty straightforward, but then there's "Dope Nose", which Rivers Cuomo admits has "no meaning whatsoever".
** Most of ''The Green Album'' and ''Maladroit'' qualify as this - they're occasionally criticised for stubbornly refusing to make any sense.
** Some of ''Maladroit'''s outtakes, which the band posted on their official site while still working on the album, got particularly strange lyrically - For instance, from "Big Chip" (also known as "Don't Pick On Me"): "'cause I don't believe in a burn like that \ I pick up my donuts for free".