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Influences:
+Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/ThePixies, Music/{{Scorpions}}, Music/TheCars, Music/{{Sebadoh}}, Music/SonicYouth, Music/GreenDay, Music/{{Oasis}}, Music/TheBeachBoys, Music/{{Kiss}}, Music/TheBeatles, Music/StevieRayVaughan, Music/FlamingLips
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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.

Discography:
* ''Weezer ([[FanNickname The Blue Album]])'' (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)**
This one features entirely new recordings of rare or unreleased songs and not those songs' original versions, ergo its much less of a "compilation" and more of an actual studio album.

* ''Everything will be alright in the end'' (2014)


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.

They suffer from a really badly BrokenBase. While all of their fans can agree that ''The Blue Album'' and ''Pinkerton'' are really good, some fans will argue that ''Make Believe'' and ''The Red Album'' were their best works while '90s purists consider them either average or horrible. ''The Green Album'' and ''Maladroit'' tend to be spared from these debates and instead disappear into obscurity. The point where many people agree on is that their "mainstream" albums are LoveItOrHateIt, but B-sides tend to be interesting.

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!!! "Your trope is a heart breaker..."
* AmbiguousDisorder: Rivers Cuomo.
* 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."
* BadassBoast: "The Greatest Man that Ever Lived"
* 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''.
* CreatorBacklash: For a rather long time Rivers was disparaging to ''Pinkerton'', but as its reputation improved he warmed up to it to the point where the band eventually performed the whole thing live.
* 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''.
* 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.
* DrugsAreBad: "We Are All on Drugs".
* 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, 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 "No means no".
* EpicRocking: "Only in Dreams".
* {{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 appareances 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 [[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''.
* 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.
* 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.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally in the 4 to 5 range. Pinkerton, however, is mostly a solid 6 (with Butterfly being a 1).
* 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.
* {{Plagiarism}}: Rivers [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rivers-cuomo-we-ripped-off-the-sweater-song-from-metallica-20090827 admitted]] that the verse melody of "Undone - The Sweater Song" accidentally ripped off Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)".
* PreachersKid: The unreleased "Preacher's Son"
* PrecisionFStrike: "Can't Stop Partying", said by Music/LilWayne. Rivers himself uses "goddamn" in "Undone - The Sweater Song" (I am/goddamn), "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.''
* 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: One of the unifying themes of the concept album ''Pinkerton'' is the singer's Asian fetish.
* 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: ''Three'' of them!
* ShoutOut: "In the Garage" is basically an extended, geeky shout-out to all the things Rivers loves (Music/{{Kiss}}, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''...).
** 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 ''MadameButterfly'' from whence the album ''Pinkerton'' derives its concept. There is also a line referencing {{Green Day}}. 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.
* 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)".
* SurferDude: "Surf Wax America" is a sarcastic take on the subject.
* TakeThat[=/=]WriterRevolt: "Pork and Beans" is one against record executives.
* 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".
* 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").
* 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".
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