The Weezer FAQ


September 1995
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1. Songs 1.1 Where can I find the lyrics to... ? 1.2 Where can I find tablature to... ? 1.3 What does song mean? 1.4 What are they saying on "Undone" 2. Band Info 2.1 What's a Weezer!!? 2.2 When did they first appear? 2.3 When are their birthdays, etc? 2.4 Biographical Info 2.5 Who is Jason Cropper? 2.6 Who are Mykel & Carli? 2.7 Are the members of Weezer in other bands? 2.8 Where are they on tour now? 2.9 What's with River's Leg? 3. The Album Cover 3.1 Who is on the album cover? 3.2 Who's on the posters in the garage? 3.3 What is the joke about the album cover? 4. Miscellaneous 4.1 Where can find out more about Weezer? 4.2 Where do I find this song... ? 4.3 Will there be a Weezer II? 4.4 Are there any web pages/ftp sites? 5. Conclusion 5.1 Acknowledgements/Resources 6. Weezer Discography 1. SONGS 1.1 Where can I find the lyrics to...? The lyrics to the Weezer album can be obtained by sending a S.A.S.A envelope to the address inside the cover of the album. or you can e-mail me at 1.2 Where can I find the tablature to...? Undone the Sweater Song - Guitar World, December 1994 Buddy Holly - Guitar World, April 1995 Weezer Transcription Book - available this spring! "Weezer" Album transcription by Rahul Kamath (RKAMATH@DELPHI.COM) ftp site: 1.3 What does song mean? Jonas: "Explains how "the plan" is reaming is all. especially my brother. It's a good introduction to the album." No One Else: "the jealous-obsessive asshole in me freaking out on my girlfriend." The World Has Turned: "the same asshole wondering why she's gone." Buddy Holly: "It's about a particular girl I knew... It's about my commitment to her... our relationship... and, er, my willingness to defend her. It's very platonic. Not a romantic thing at all." Undone: "the feeling you get when the train stops and the little guy comes knockin' on your door. It was supposed to be a sad song, but everyone thinks it's hilarious." Surf Wax: "a total sarcasic call to hedonism, so sing along, drink and be merry. I hate drinking and only do so when I aboslutely have to (which in these days, seems to be quite often). Say It Ain't So: "also about beer." In The Garage & Holiday: "written in a sudden burst of confidence and optimism right after we got a record deal. Those positive emotions have since dissipated - along with out cash advances - but I still like the songs." "None of these songs are perfect, but I think you can hear that we're trying hard to be honest and real. Pat really kicked ass on the drums and Brian, Matt and I sang with a lot of feeling. The record sounds kind of weird, but if you turn it up extremely loud and lie down, it can be rewarding." -Rivers 1.4 What are they saying on "Undone"? Matt: Hey bra', how we doin' man? Karl: Awright. Matt: It's been a while man, Life's so rad! This band's my favorite man, don't ya love 'em? Karl: Yeah. Matt: Aw man, you wan't a beer? Karl: Awright. Matt: Aw man, this is the best. I'm so glad we're all back together and stuff. This is great man. Karl: Yeah. Matt: Hey, d'you know about the party after the show? Karl: Yeah. Matt: Aw man, it's gonna be the best, I'm so stoked! Take it easy bra'. Mykel: Hey, what's up? Karl: Not Much. Mykel: Did you hear about the party? Karl: Yeah. Mykel: I think I'm gonna go but, um, my friends don't really wanna go. Could I get a ride? Notes: 1. bra' as in bro' as in brother. 2. Matt as in bass player. 3. Karl as in amazing 5th member of weezer. 4. these aren't the same words they say when performing live though, they make them up as the go along. 5. recorded in the garage (pictured inside the CD cover) which is soon to be featured in the video for "Say It Ain't So" 2. BAND INFO 2.1 What's a Weezer!!?? Rivers won't admit it, but it is suspected by most that the name was lifted from the character "Weezer" from the show "The Little Rascals". 2.2 When was Weezer formed? first rehearsal: feb 14, 1992 2.3 When are their birthdays? Matt: September 22nd, 1969 Rivers: June 13th, 1970 Patt: February 1st, 1969 Brian: December 9th, 1968 2.4 Bio Info. Rivers Cuomo (vocals, guitar) My name is Rivers Cuomo. I'm 23 and I sing and play guitar in Weezer. It's hard to talk about myself without sounding like a jerk, but apparently I have no choice, so I'll try to be as simple and honest as I can. I grew up in various little farm towns in upstate Connecticut, completely sheltered from anything remotely "cool." At 18, I freaked out and moved to Los Angeles to become a rock star. I soon realized that I was an idiot, and gave up. At the same time, my girlfriend broke up with me. I was really sad and started to write songs. Most of them sucked, but it became a habit that stuck with me. Because I'm so terrible at expressing my feelings directly, and because no one really cares, and because anything real is almost impossible to talk about, I've come to rely on music more and more to express myself. Matt Sharp (bass, vocals) My name is Matt and I play bass in Weezer. This is the first band I've been in and the first album I've played on, both of which mean a lot to me. I also sang the falsetto vocals on the record, which is probably most recognizable on "Say It Ain't So." (These were, oddly enough, the first notes I sang in front of anyone). The falsetto stuff is pretty much on all the tunes except for "In the Garage" and "Holiday." Singing can be pretty rewarding even when you're not that good at it. For me, it filled a gap in my life that was there until the band started. I'm not exactly sure what we four have in common, but I do consider Pat, Brian and Rivers to be good people and good friends that I am glad to be associated with. Also, the opportunity to work with people as talented as Ric and Chris was an experience and an honor that will be with me forever. If I had to make a list of music I care about and have been listening to lately, the things that come to mind first are: the last three Talk Talk albums, old Gary Numan records, the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack, and all of That Dog [sic] songs I could get from Tony and Rachel. I hope when people listen to these ten songs, they will enjoy them as I have enjoyed some of the music I just mentioned. Besides that, I think my story is just not interesting and I should probably stop. Brian Bell (guitar, vocals) Raised in Tennessee, little Brian knew he wanted to be a rock star at an early age. Lucky enough to catch an Elvis (Prestly, that is) concert at the age of four, he wanted nothing else to be a hounddog. Studying "geetar" pickin' on TV from such fine eastern Tenessee programs as "The Barneyloo and Buster Show" and, of course, "Hee Haw," little Brian learned how to pick 'n' grin on a ukulele his grandma won at a bingo game. Brian's dad, a wacky absent-minded professor and ex-college DJ, turned him on to cool music he had from the 50's and 60's. So, armed with his first turntable, a Fisher Price lo-fi stereo system, little Brian managed to scratch and destroy most of Dad's valuable 45's. As Brian grew older, he began to feel isolated and out-of-place with the other reindeer. While the "normal" Tennessee boys were out hunting possum, chewing tobacco and making up fishing stories, he preferred to stay home and watch Billy Mumy movies. Ah, movies, music and show biz. Why was it all based in one glorious place -- Los Angeles? So, just like the Clampetts, Brian packed his bags and moved to Yucca St., Hollyweird (cause everyone he met at first was on crystal meth). Not at all like the movies. Patrick Wilson (drums) My name is Patrick Wilson and I play drums for Weezer. As I write this on a Friday morning, I'm listening to our CD. It's a good feeling, but very strange. Four years ago I was a guy with a bad haircut from Buffalo, New York. The music scene there is lame, consisting largely of cover bands and bad metal. It seems that musicians in small towns have a gunslinger attitude that is also faintly bitter. Some of them just have an attitude. I decided to quit my day job and move to Los Angeles with my new friend Pat Finn (Pat is responsible for us knowing each other. He currently fronts amazing band named Winkler in Buffalo). After many growing pains, Weezer was formed. Since then, I've tried to understand what it means to be in a band. All I know about music is instinctual or from a record; I haven't witnessed much live music. As far as I can tell, being in a band can be just as important as any other occupation -- and so far, it's far more rewarding. We recorded this with Ric Ocasek and Chris Shaw at Electric Lady in N.Y. I loved the experience and feel honored to have worked with them. The record sounds the way it does because the drums aren't the loudest thing in the mix. Somehow, Phil Collins' style of recording has taken over, and we didn't want that. The only effects used are fuzz bass on "In The Garage" and a little compression here and there. Certainly not as much as they put on Ringo. Our live show is different from the record in terms of sheer power, so c'mon out when we rock through yer town. Thanks for listening. 2.5 Who is Jason Cropper?? Jason Cropper was an original member of Weezer. In the earliest incarnation he played acoustic guitar and lent backup vocals. One of the best things about Jason is his smile that seems a permanent part of his face. When Weezer used to have to actually 'flyer' for a show, long before the days of sold-out pre-ticketed shows, Jason would be somewhere at every show in town with a smile and a flyer. Jason was replaced by Brian Bell while Weezer was in New York recording their album. Jason returned to Los Angeles and released a daughter, Kiefer Rain, instead of an album. One of our most glamorous moments was at Jason's wedding on the beach at Malibu. We felt like we were on the set of a Melrose Place wedding, it was beautiful. -Mykel & Carli 2.6 Who are Mykel & Carli? We moved to Hollywood together in 1989 as parents planned another family move. Carli converted Mykel to seeing live music and since then we have spent most of our nights standing too close to thumping speakers and becoming the "jaded-scenesters" that we are. While in Hollywood we saw literally thousands of bands, some good and some not so good. It didn't take long to make a list of favorites and meet the people involved. July 9, 1992 we were at Club Dump (Johnny Depp bought the place, called it the Viper Room, River Phoenix died there) to see a good band Crux (No longer a band). At someone's suggesion we stuck around to see the next band Weezer. We were impressed and put them on the mental-list of bands to go see again. The following night we were at a birthday party for our friend Bryan Ray. Bryan is the bass player in a band called Black Market Flowers, the first band to write a song called "Mykel & Carli". At the party we recognized the guy with long hair sitting alone by the refrigerator. It was Rivers, from Weezer, and he had his eyes for the birthday cake we had brought. We told him we has enjoyed his band the night before, he seemed amazed that we had liked it so much. The three of us sat on the couch and talked about music, food and growing up - we had wierd names and hippie parents in common. Rivers told us when the next weezer show was and we remained anti-socially on that couch wondering how long it had taken some of the people there to get dressed. We made sure he got a piece of the cake and visited until his ride was ready to go. We continued going to Weezer shows (60 at last count) whenever we could. We met the rest of the band and provided a spectator's viewpoint and sideline reviews, whether they wanted to hear it or not. We made cookies and road trips. The band got better and the audience grew. Weezer signed with Geffen and was actually going to release an album! They asked us if we would send lyrics for them so they could include the picture of the garage inside the cover. Not knowing what we were in for we agreed, "Of course, anything for you guys." After all, Rivers had written a sweet song for us called "Mykel & Carli". Just sending lyrics wasn't enough. Stuffing envelopes isn't much fun and we wanted to share what we knew about them with other people who care about them. So the "Fanclub" began. At the end of February we moved out of Hollywood. We left some good friends to come to Portland, Oregon but it's nice to have a garage to spread the Weezer stuff out in and some time to keep up with all the mail. Somethimes we miss seeing Weezer and it's members all the time. However, it's fun to have some people to jump up and down to see the band happy. 2.7 Are the members of Weezer in other bands? Matt Sharp's band THE RENTALS have a song called "California" on the upcomming "Poop Alley Tapes" compilation on Win Records. The Rentals are scheduled for a summer release called "1st Record" on Grilled Cheese/Cargo. Brian Bell's band SPACE TWINS are mixing and playing around town. They have a single out (7" vinyl that is) on World Domination Records. They were in the studio over Christmas break and recorded a lot but we're still waiting to heard what's going to be released. 2.8 Where are they on tour now? They just finished their tour with Teenage Fanclub and That Dog. Rivers is now attending an english course. 2.9 What's with River's Leg? Rivers had an operation, it was to stretch out his right leg that has always been shorter that the other. They broke his leg and then attatched a brace that streched his leg a little bit at a time. During the process he said, "It hurts but it will be worth it." A few weeks ago River's bumped it and had to go to the hospital. Some tour dates had to be cancelled... sorry if one of them was yours! 3. The Album Cover 3.1 Who is on the album cover? From left to right: Patrick, Rivers, Matt, Brian 3.2 Who's on the posters in the garage? Poster on left: the cover of the judas priest album called british steel. The album came out in 1980 but the band has been together since 1969. Poster on right: Carlos Cavazo and Kevin Dubrow from the L.A. band "Quiet Riot". 3.3 What is the joke about the album cover? There is no real joke about the album cover. Apparently, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes was misquoted in Rolling Stones magazine. He refered the the band Weezer's cover as a joke when he actually meant the band Ween. 4. MISCELLANEOUS 4.1 How can I find out more about the band? Dec. 1994 Guitar World (pg.17) Jan. 1995 Details (pg.112) Mar. 1995 Guitar World ???. 1995 Rolling Stones (Cranberries on the cover) 4.2 Where can I get this song? So far, there are only five unreleased songs: "Jamie" can be found on a CD called "DGC Rarities Vol.1'. You should be able to find it at your local music store. If they don't have it in stock they can order it from DGC/Geffen. "Mykel & Carli", "Susanne", and "Sweet Adeline" can be found on the 'Undone' Australian import single. If you can't find this at your local music store, contact Ear-Xtact to help you get it. "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly", on the "Angus" movie soundtrack. 4.3 Will there be a Weezer II? Cuomo and the band have already worked up half a dozen new songs, including "You Gave Your Love To Me Softly" and "Getchoo" (as in Get-You). Between their tour and school, they will begin their second album. They hope to finish it over christmas break. 4.4 Are there any web pages/ftp sites? DGC Weezer page: Nice lyric/tab/picture site: under the menu Entertainment/Music/Artists/W/Weezer 5. CONCLUSION 5.1 Acknowledgements/Resources Weezine - Winter '94, Spring '95, Summer '95 DGC - History Papers VOX/April '95 Los Angeles Times - May 21, 1995 Thanks to Mykel Please send all corrections/comments/questions to the author at: ============================\\/\\/=================================== 6. WEEZER DISCOGRAPHY Nov. '92 - April '94 - Various cassette demos and advanced CD's of the album. May 10, 1994 1st album (DGC) on CD and cassette Beyond May 1994 * All foreign editions virtually identcal except minor fine print changes and "Geffen Death Star Balls" instead of DGC logo. * DGC Rarities CD and Cassette with "Jamie" # Undone promo CD (wrong edit 3:58) (sweater texture art) # Undone promo CD (correct edit 4:10) (sweater texture art) * Undone cassette single b/w Holiday (band photo: funhouse mirror) * Undone Australia CD Single (cardboard sleeve) b/w "Mykel and Carli", "Susanne", "Sweet Adeline" (My Avaline) (sweater texture art) * Undone U.K. CD/cassette/7" single b/w "Mykel and Carli", "Susanne", "Holiday" (all formats have all songs) # Buddy Holly promo CD (old photo: Rivers and Girl) * Buddy Holly Austrailian CD single b/w Holiday (old photo: Rivers and Girl) * Buddy Holly UK CD/cassette/7" single. CD b/w "Jonas" and "Surf Wax America" live and Rarities "Jamie"; Cassette and 7" b/w "Jamie" (old photo: Rivers and brother, except 7" with Buddy Holly's 45's art) # Say It Ain't So promo CD (re-mix version 4:17) * Say It Ain't So UK CD/cassette/7"(?) single b/w "No One Else (acoustic)" and "Jamie (acoustic)" (school board art) # French promo give-away 7" "Undone" b/w "Jonas" on dark blue vinyl (cover same as CD but with yellow background) edition of 1200 # Various DGC and Radio Station compilations contain album tracks, nothing exclusive, however, the recent DGC "Son of Swag" promo compilation has the live "Jonas" from the U.K. Buddy Holly CD single. * "Angus" Motion picture soundtrack with "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" * = for sale (in print) #= DGC promo (could turn up used)

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