Weezer (1994)

If you want to destroy my sweater…

Weezer’s 1994 sell-titled LP (affectionately referred to as the Blue Album) has been on my list for a while now. With a winter storm named Jonas bearing down on the east coast, I figured the time was right to dig into this album.

My first exposure to Weezer was definitely nontraditional by 90s standards. The music video for Buddy Holly was the sample clip on Windows 95. (The sample audio clip was about 15 seconds of Janis Joplin singing “oh lord, won’t you buy me, a Mercedes Benz.”

For those of you who don’t remember (or perhaps, weren’t alive) when Windows 95 came out, it was amazing. I spent countless hours looping, reversing and blending audio with the built in Sound Recorder — which was literally a tiny widget. I became an expert at Solitaire, and yet I still don’t understand Minesweeper. (I was always more of a words person than a numbers person.)

And I watched the clip to Buddy Holly about a million times.

By the time I hit high school, Weezer was a staple of my musical diet. I loved the Blue album, and if you had a guitar, you had to learn Say It Ain’t So. I also became interested in their crtically-panned follow up Pinkerton, which is a soggy love album that is amazing in its own right. While it lacks the radio singles that seem to pop up on the Blue Album every other track, Pinkerton is in my opinion one of the all time “love sick” albums — up there even with the likes of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

In college, when I really started to gig regularly, the Sweater Song became one of our de facto sing-along anthems. But perhaps no song stuck with me than the 7+ minute rolling bass line ballad Only In Dreams.

Damn. Every song on this album is great. Thank you, Winter Storm Jonas, for bringing it to my attention.

Suitable for: Drinking with old friends; singing along

Appropriate playback device: Literally anything

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