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  • Artist Disillusionment: Rivers Cuomo has shown it in several interviews, and it's essentially the theme behind "Across the Sea" on Pinkerton (in the guise of a reply to a fan letter from Japan). When applying to a course in Harvard he wrote this about his experiences on tour:
    Fans ask me all the time what it is like to be a rock star. I can tell that they are dreaming, as I dreamed, when I was a kid, of someday ruling the world with a rock band. I tell them the same thing I would tell any young rock-star-to-be [...] you will get lonely. You will meet two-hundred people every night, but each conversation will generally last approximately thirty seconds, and consist of you trying to convince that no, you do not want their underwear. Then you will be alone again, in your motel room. Or you will be on your bus, in your little space, trying to kill the nine hours it takes to get to the next city, whichever city it is. This is the life of a rock star.
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • The lyrics (specifically the "moaning" part) of "Perfect Situation" were changed after the band noticed that fans enjoyed singing the third moan in a more upbeat fashion.
    • The cover of Hurley is a close up of actor Jorge Garcia because Rivers said he just felt happy when he looked at it.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The iTunes Store’s description for The Teal Album states that the band covered The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” for Shrek. Of course, this is Smash Mouth, not Weezer. It's not too out-there a mistake to make: Smash Mouth's cover is more heavily associated with Shrek as a franchise, but Weezer also covered the song for Shrek Forever After. It's even possible that they were using "Shrek" to refer to the franchise as a whole, except the same sentence also mentions Cars 2 instead of just Cars, so if so, they weren't being very consistent.
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  • Creator Backlash: Due to the initial poor reception, the band all but threw Pinkerton into Canon Discontinuity for years, until it seemed that Rivers Cuomo was the only person left who disliked the album. He would later mellow out about it later and change his mind, even playing Pinkerton in its entirety and admitting he felt validated and happy at seeing how the album has become so beloved.
  • Cut Song: "Cardigan Disaster", a song Rivers played at some solo acoustic shows, was at one point slated to appear on The Black Album - they recorded a full band version during the sessions but left if off the album. Rumor has it this was related to the unexpected chart success of their Cover Version of "Africa" - they wanted to release "Cardigan Disaster" as a single and remake the clip for "Undone" as its music video, which they ultimately did with "Africa" instead.
  • Executive Meddling: "Beverly Hills" started as a fairly straight and optimistic song about how the singer genuinely wishes he could join that society but got mutated into something much more bitter and sarcastic-sounding.
    • The band wanted to produce Blue themselves, but Geffen Records pushed them to get an outside producer, so they settled for Ric Ocasek. When Green came around the label also said no since their self-produced Pinkerton had tanked commercially and critically, so they once again brought in Ocasek.
    • The band initially wanted to use a collage of sampled dialogue for "Undone - The Sweater Song" playing on the theme of contrasting extremely optimistic and extremely depressed dialogue. Geffen nixed the idea at the last minute since they weren't eager to go through a long sample clearance process, and as a replacement Matt and the band's friends Karl Koch and Mykel Allan recorded the now-famous spoken-word dialogue. Geffen's rejection came after the sessions for the album were finished, so the dialogue was recorded in Los Angeles and had to be flown to New York to be added in during mixing.
  • Fan Nickname: Their six self-titled albums are generally known by the dominant color of each one's cover art (Blue, Red, Green, White, Teal, and Black). "The Blue Album" and "The Green Album" came purely from the fans - after that, to some degree it became the band leaning into the fans' tendency for these nicknames. The Black Album was even mentioned by name in interviews as far back as 2016, three years before it actually came out, and long before any cover art was revealed.note 
    • This naming scheme eventually became an Ascended Fanon of sorts on Wikipedia in 2019 thanks to "Teal" and "Black"'s releases within that same year. Normally, Wikipedia would use "[Artist Name] ([year] album)" for article titles for self-titled albums released by music artists who released multiples of such. But because of the uniqueness of Weezer's self-titled albums and the aforementioned two-self-titled-albums-in-the-same-year dilemma, they made an exception for the group, now using "Weezer ([Color] Album)" (as capitalized) for their self-titled albums.note 
  • Meme Acknowledgement: in 2017, one fan set off a Twitter campaign to get the band to cover "Africa" by Toto - they eventually covered Toto a year later, but picked "Rosanne" instead. Though they did eventually cover "Africa" not long after.
  • The Pete Best: Jason Cropper, who left/was kicked out of the band (depends on who you ask) during the Blue Album sessions because his girlfriend became pregnant, forcing Rivers to record all the guitars. He only earned one writing credit, for creating the acoustic intro of "My Name Is Jonas".
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  • Throw It In!: The brief bit of Spoken Word in Music at the very beginning of "Falling for You" - an amplifier had started picking up interference from a radio station while recording, so the song ended up including the voice of a woman asking "Which company makes this product?" in Korean.
  • Trolling Creator: After fans wanted them to cover "Africa" by Toto, they covered Rosanna instead... but they covered "Africa" not long afterward.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The "Pork and Beans" video brings together just about every person who was famous on the internet as of 2007, many of whom for silly novelty videos and who's 15 Minutes of Fame have long since past.
    • Some fans see "Make Believe" as this, saying with that album the band was trying way too hard to fit in with other popular Emo bands like Fall Out Boy (the album cover practically screams mid-2000s) which cause the album to sound somewhat outdated now that the Emo trend is pretty much dead.
  • What Could Have Been: Most well-known among fans is Songs from the Black Hole, their abandoned Rock Opera. Rivers Cuomo went as far as recording a home demo version of the whole album, but it was scrapped in favor of what would become Pinkerton. Rivers claims the idea was abandoned due to a combination of his increasing doubts about the concept as well as Matt Sharp putting out The Return of the Rentals (an album heavily indebted to the Black Hole demos), which made him anxious to not be perceived as "stealing" from his bandmate. Most of the songs were either slightly adapted for Pinkerton, made B-sides or released in the Alone demo compilations.
    • Rivers had also planned to have the character Maria be voiced by Joan Wasser of The Dambuilders, but he neglected to ever mention this to Wasser.
    • Rivers had prepared an entire new batch of demos for the follow-up to Maladroit before abandoning them entirely. An essay he wrote later admitted that he was undergoing another Creator Breakdown over the fan backlash towards Green and Maladroit and his own behaviour towards them, and credited Rick Rubin with helping him by introducing him to meditation.
      • One potentially interesting demo from that period was "Mo' Beats", a Rap Rock-esque song that at one point was going to have a guest appearance from Axl Rose. Like many other songs written between Maladroit and Make Believe, the band put up a demo as a free download on the official site, so an Axl-free version is still circulating online.
    • The band almost made Hurley another Self-Titled Album, but gave up on the plan when they realised fans would just call it "the Hurley album" anyway.
    • Rapper Asher Roth wanted to sample "Say It Ain't So" for his hit song "I Love College," but couldn't secure the rights. Several remixes which combine the songs properly exist on YouTube.
    • Michel Gondry was asked to give a treatment for the "Dope Nose" video: His concept would have had the group playing their instruments and competing in a soccer match at the same time, possibly against a Mexican heavy metal band doing the same. Gondry's full treatment is in a booklet included with the DVD The Works Of Director Michel Gondry - in the treatment, he explains the inspiration was that he had been both a drummer and a soccer goalie and noticed certain similarities between the two roles (e.g. mostly being stationary and in the back while your teammates/band-mates are up front and more free to move around)
    • "My Best Friend" was at one point going to be included on the Shrek 2 soundtrack - despite it being a song they wrote before the Shrek producers had contacted them about giving a song to the film, they were asked to rewrite the lyrics to be "less Shrek-like". Ultimately, Counting Crows' "Accidentally in Love" was used in the sequence instead. In the long run, they said they were happy it didn't end up in the movie because they didn't feel the song was "finished" at the time.
    • The Green Album had a similar situation to Make Believe in that an album's worth of demos were recorded, then almost entirely scrapped: 14 of these songs appeared in set-lists for a tour during the summer of 2000 (hence receiving the fan nickname "summer songs 2000" or "ss2k"), but only one, "Hash Pipe", made the next album note . In response to fan demand, two more of the "SS2K" songs appeared on Maladroit ("Dope Nose", "Slob"), and Rivers Cuomo gave a fan-site an "official" Summer Songs 2000 digital release, consisting of ten studio demos and live soundboard recordings which were edited and re-structured to Rivers' liking.
    • Rivers Cuomo originally wanted to make both the musical style and lyrical content of "The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived" shift repeatedly, based on whatever genre/artist that section was meant to represent. For instance, the "rap" section was still going to have its boastful lyrics, but the "Slipknot" section would have had such lyrical themes as "victimization" and "physical destruction", while the lyrics to the "Nirvana" section would have been full of "sarcasm" and "indifference". He ultimately discarded this idea because it came off as too disjointed, and decided something about the song should stay consistent.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Karl Koch is considered such an authority on Weezer (especially because he's known them for a year before they actually formed) that whenever Word of God is unavailable, fans usually ask him instead. This happens so often fans Punnily refer to the practice as Karlification.
  • Working Title: Make Believe could have been called One Thousand Soviet Children Marching Towards the Sun (Patrick Wilson's suggestion), or Either Way I'm Fine (after a phrase that Rivers Cuomo would frequently use when asked for input about how to arrange/produce particular songs).
    • Rivers originally came up with Somebody's Daydream as a title for Pacific Daydream - Patrick suggested the latter.
  • Writer Revolt: "Pork and Beans" is a Take That! against Geffen Records for trying to tell Rivers that he needs to sound more commercial.
    • It became funny in hindsight, however, since 1) Raditude happened a year later; and 2) Pacific Daydream and The Black Album would follow suit many years later.

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