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Weezer Biography

This distinctive, eclectic Alternative-Rock Pop-Rock outfit was formed in Los Angeles, California USA, in 1992, led by singer + guitarist Rivers Cuomo who started the band with bassist Matt Sharp and drummer Patrick Wilson. After gigging around the region, they signed for DGC label in the summer of the next year.

The threesome picked up guitarist Brian Bell and recorded their self-titled debut album which was released in May 1994; the record generated three Modern Rock top 10 singles: "Undone - The Sweater Song" hit #6, "Buddy Holly" rose to the #2 spot and "Say It Ain't So" reached #7, helping the album peak inside the top 5 of The Billboard 200 chart and allowing Weezer to eventually sell one million copies in U.S. alone.

During 1995, Cuomo returned to Harvard University to study English literature and Sharp released the first album with his new band, The Rentals.
Weezer resurfaced in September 1996 with its second effort, "Pinkerton", by that fall the security and investigations company with the same name took the band and Geffen Records to court, obtaining a temporary restraining order prohibiting use of the name "Pinkerton" in selling, distributing or advertising the band's new album. The restraining order was subsequently dissolved in a Los Angeles federal court and the disc finally made it to #19 on The Billboard 200 chart producing a spunky hit with "El Scorcho", which equaled the peak position of the album on The Modern Rock Tracks and the follow-up single, "The Good Life, which peaked at #32.

After a long break the band reconvened in late 2000 to record their third album; in the meantime Sharp left Weezer to concentrate on his new outfit, his replacement was Mikey Welsh. The new effort, well known as 'The Green Album', debuted at #4 on The Billboard Top 200 list, upon its May 2001 release and included "Hash Pipe" which shot to #2 on The Modern Rock chart, "Island In The Sun" grabbed a #12 spot and "Photograph" reached the #17 position on the same chart.

Almost exactly one year later the group issued "Maladroit", during that time Welsh was replaced by bass player Scott Shriner; the album hit #3 in U.S. and #2 in Canada; the lead single, "Dope Nose", peaked at #8 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart and was followed by the top 20 hit "Keep Fishin'".

In May 2005 Weezer returned with its fifth studio album, "Make Believe", it soared to #2 on The Billboard 200 and crawled up to #1 on the Top Canadian Albums list, their best chart-placing to date. The first single to be released from the album, "Beverly Hills", quickly hit the #1 spot on The Modern Rock chart crossing over into the top 10 on The Billboard Hot 100; "Perfect Situation" also peaked at #1 on The Modern Rock Tracks while "We Are All On Drugs" weighed in at #10 and "This Is Such A Pity" reached #31.

June 2008, saw Weezer put out their next studio effort, self-titled known thus far as 'The Red Album'; the disc broke straight into The Billboard 200 top 10 at #4 and hit #2 in Canada. The quirky and catchy first single off the CD, "Pork And Beans", debuted at #1 on The Hot Modern Rock chart, "Troublemaker" followed close behind, peaking at #2 and the final single, "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On A Shaker Hymn)", scraped the lower reaches of the top 40 of The Hot Modern Rock chart.

Just a year later Cuomo & Co. completed work on their seventh full-length album, "Raditude". It peaked at #7 on The Billboard 200 and the '60s-soul inflected opening track, "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To", shot to #2 on The Hot Modern Rock chart. The second single, the power poppy "I'm Your Daddy", was less successful than the first, having managed a peak position of #18 on the same chart.

In 2010 Weezer inked a deal with leading independent label Epitaph Records signaling the next phase of their acclaimed career and the return to their indie roots with a highly personal and sonically exploratory album titled "Hurley". It includes the single "Memories".

 

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