L-R: Scott Shriner, Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo and Pat Wilson
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is an Alternative Rock
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.
Interestingly, despite several airplay hits such as "Buddy Holly" and "Island in the Sun", their only Billboard hit
is "Beverly Hills" at no. 10.
They suffer from a really badly Broken Base
. While all of their fans can agree that The Blue Album
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
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 Love It or Hate It
, but B-sides tend to be interesting.
In October of 2014 they released their newest effort, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, which is their first release since ''Pinkerton'' to have been received almost entirely positively by the fanbase.
"Your trope is a heart breaker..."