YMMV / Weezer

  • Big In Japan: So big that after their dissolution following the release of Pinkerton, it led the band to reunite when in 2000, Fuji Rock Festival offered Weezer a high-paying gig. Their popularity in Japan is addressed in "Across the Sea" and the liner notes of the Lion and the Witch EP, which contain letters from Japanese fans written in Gratuitous English. Their influence can be seen in the sound of such bands as Asian Kung-Fu Generation.
    • Not only that, Rivers's wife is Japanese and the family spends part of the year in Japan.
  • Broken Base: Of course, the most famous are the "The Blue Album and Pinkerton only" crowd, but there's also a significant amount of the fanbase who likes everything made before Make Believe, those who only like the stuff they did Make Believe and afterwards, and those who like everything they've ever done. None of these fan subdivisions get along too well.
    • There also also those who wish Rivers would compile and release the entirety of Songs from the Black Hole, which were only scattered through B-Sides and his demo albums. It's gotten as far as fans compiling their own interpretations of the never-released album.
    • Everything Will Be Alright in the End is notable for being their only album since the first one that hasn't split the base in some way.
  • Crowning Moment Of Funny: The cover of Raditude
    • The music video for "Hash Pipe".
    • Any of the Spike Jonze-directed videos. And anything Matt Sharp and Pat Wilson do during performance segments of even the more straight-ahead videos like "The Good Life".
    • The cover of Hurley is nothing but a photo of Jorge Garcia.
    • The matter-of-fact, Spit Take-inducing way Rivers talks about going into his crush's room and reading her diary in "El Scorcho."
    I asked you to go to the Green Day concert
    You said you'd never heard of them, how cool is that?
    So I went to your room and read your diary!
    • "Keep Fishin'": Weezer performs with the Muppets... And Animal has to sit in on drums because Pat Wilson is in hiding from Miss Piggy. Even Rivers, who tends to look serious even in their silliest of music videos, can't help but have a huge grin on his face most of the time.
    • Matt Sharp in this performance of Say It Ain't So.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: The Blue Album, Pinkerton, arguably Everything Will Be Alright In The End
    • For American soccer fans, "Represent."
    • Adding to Blue: all guitars on the album were recorded by Rivers. Yes, all of them.note 
    • "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived," which is essentially a Power Pop "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"Paranoid Android" that explores the styles of different musicians and bands. Special note goes to the "Aerosmith" and "Jeff Buckley" sections.
    • "Foolish Father," which is about Rivers' complicated feelings toward his dad and his fears about how his daughter will regard him. It's a serious Tear Jerker too.
    • The guitar solos in Return to Ithaka.
  • Cult Classic: It's worth noting that their most widely-liked albums (Blue, Pinkerton, and Everything Will Be Alright in the End) were their lowest-selling, while their most widely-disliked album (Make Believe) produced their highest sales.
  • Dork Age: While it's debatable as to where exactly their Dork Age started, it's widely agreed upon that Everything Will Be Alright in the End finally ended it.
  • Ear Worm: 90% of their songs are the kind you hear once, and it'll be in your head all day long.
  • Epic Riff: "Burndt Jamb", "My Name is Jonas", "Island In The Sun", "Undone (The Sweater Song)", "Only In Dreams", "Tired Of Sex", "Say It Ain't So," "Hash Pipe", "Getchoo"
  • Face of the Band: Rivers Cuomo. The only other member that gets the slightest bit of recognition is drummer Pat Wilson.
  • Fanon: Many fans of the band believe that the song "My Name is Jonas" was inspired by The Giver, though Word of God has never confirmed this.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The B-side "Mykel and Carli" is named after two girls who befriended the band and ran Weezer's fan club. The once bittersweet song became a pure Tear Jerker after they died in a car crash, as the song includes the lines Then the schoolbus came/Took my friends away. It's also notable that the song's A-side, "Undone (The Sweater Song)", featured Mykel's speaking voice.
  • Hilarious or Harsher in Hindsight: Given that Rivers' song "I Can't Stop Partying" pretty much perfectly describes what Miley Cyrus has become, you may either see it as hilarious or horrible.
  • Memetic Mutation: While trying to interact with fans during the Maladroit sessions, Cuomo had an infamous outburst when he described the universally acclaimed "Only in Dreams" as "GAY! GAY! DISNEY GAY!". Since then, Weezer fans sometimes use the term "Disney gay" to either disparage latter-day songs they consider "cheesy" or to sarcastically admit they like a song.
  • Misattributed Song: They've had a lot of songs misattributed to them, but one particularly interesting case is "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus, since they would later perform a Cover Version live. And the band themselves are guilty of associating a song with the wrong artist in a lyric from "Heart Songs": "Debbie Gibson, tell me that you think we're all alone" (Tiffany was the eighties teen idol who famously covered "I Think We're Alone Now", not Debbie Gibson).
  • Narm Charm: The hilariously yet lovably misguided use of hip-hop slang scattered throughout the band's discography. Its use in "Buddy Holly" and "El Scorcho" is at least somewhat more noticeably ironic.
    • "Pig", a song about the life and subsequent execution of a pig. It's ridiculous but heartbreaking.
  • Painful Rhyme: It's Rivers Cuomo, so there are plenty, but one unfortunate example from "Troublemaker" goes "Marrying a biotch, having seven kiods..."
    • "Back to the Shack" tries to rhyme "dad" with "am".
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Hurley lead to some cautious optimism, with many fans saying it was Green Album quality or better. Everything Will Be Alright in the End ultimately vindicated this optimism.
  • Seasonal Rot: Pretty much everything they've done since Pinkerton has met with accusations of this.
  • Tear Jerker: "Say It Ain't So", "O Girlfriend" "The Angel and The One" "Death and Destruction" and a good chunk of Pinkerton, mostly notably "Butterfly", "Across the Sea", "Falling For You" and "El Scorcho".
  • The Scrappy: "Back to the Shack" is the least well-liked track on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Its release as the first single lead to a lot of discouragement that the album would be as good as hoped, at least until "Foolish Father" was leaked.
    • Many hardcore 90s purists regard "Beverly Hills" as this as well due to being much poppier than their 90s output, especially since that song was their biggest hit of all the songs they made. Though many newer Weezer fans hold a soft-spot for it as for many it was the only song of theirs they heard on the radio when they were kids.
    • Album wise, Most people point to Raditude as this, due to some poorly written and confusing songs ("I Am Your Daddy") and especially the very cheesy album cover. Make Believe as well, but it has a lot more defenders than Raditude.
    • Before its vindication years later, Pinkerton was this for not just fans, but music reviewers as well, Rolling Stones infamously listing it as the worst album of 1996.
  • Signature Song: "Buddy Holly" or "Say It Ain't So", though "Beverly Hills" is their biggest hit on the charts.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The reason Pinkerton was initially a failure.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Pinkerton
    • At the time, The Blue Album.
  • Vindicated by History: Pinkerton. Initially blasted by critics for being far darker than The Blue Album, the album has since come to be considered one of their best efforts and one of the best rock albums of the '90s.

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