Weezer

Formed 14 March 1992.
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Rivers Cuomo - Weezer Interview

Zane talks to Weezer's Rivers Cuomo about their upcoming album.

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Biography

Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992. The band consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals). The line-up has changed three times since its formation in 1992. Weezer has sold 9,200,000 albums in the U.S. and 17,525,000 worldwide.

After signing to Geffen Records, Weezer released their debut self-titled album, also known as The Blue Album, in 1994. Backed by successful music videos for the singles "Buddy Holly", "Undone – The Sweater Song" and "Say It Ain't So", The Blue Album became a triple-platinum success and received positive reviews. Weezer's second album, Pinkerton (1996), featuring a darker, more abrasive sound, was a commercial failure and initially received mixed reviews, but went on to achieve cult status and critical acclaim years later. Both The Blue Album and Pinkerton are now frequently cited among the best albums of the 1990s. Following Pinkerton, original bassist Matt Sharp left the band and Weezer went on hiatus.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition)

    Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition) 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Brilliant pop, effervescent and evergreen, but seriously bruised.
  2. Review of Death to False Metal

    Death to False Metal 2010

    Reviewed by Fraser McAlpine
    Compilations of lost songs are not supposed to hang together this well.
  3. Review of Hurley

    Hurley 2010

    Reviewed by Lou Thomas
    The best songs on Hurley are immediately familiar, Rivers Cuomo typically charismatic.
  4. Review of Raditude

    Raditude 2009

    Reviewed by Will Dean
    The sound, almost literally one assumes, of a band in a midlife crisis.
  5. Review of The Red Album

    The Red Album 2008

    Reviewed by Milly Lewis
    The Red Album is quintessentially theirs, but with a somewhat misguided twist
  6. Review of Weezer

    Weezer 2004

    Reviewed by Richard Banks
    Weezer sounds as stunning as ever...this is essentially a flawless record.
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