As one of the most popular groups to emerge in the post-grunge alternative rock aftermath, Weezer received equal amounts of criticism and praise for their hook-heavy guitar pop. Drawing from the heavy power pop of arena rockers like Cheap Trick  and the angular guitar leads of The Pixies  Weezer leavened their melodies with doses of '70s metal learned from bands like Kiss. But what set the band apart was their geekiness. None of the members of Weezer, especially leader Rivers Cuomo, were conventional rockers — they were kids that holed up in their garage, playing along with their favorite records when they weren't studying or watching TV. As a result, their music was infused with a quirky sense of humor and an endearing awkwardness that made songs like "Undone (The Sweater Song)," "Buddy Holly," and "Say It Ain't So" into big modern rock hits during 1994 and 1995. All the singles were helped immeasurably by clever videos, which may have made the songs into hits, but they also made many critics believe that the band was a one-hit wonder. Perversely, Cuomo began to feel the same way, and decided that the band would not rely on any visual gimmicks for their second album, 1996's Pinkerton. Simultaneously, Cuomo took control of the band, making them into a vehicle for his songwriting. While the album didn't sell as well as their 1994 eponymous debut, it did earn stronger reviews than its predecessor. Cuomo's assumption of the leadership of Weezer wasn't entirely a surprise, since he had been the band's primary songwriter since their inception in 1993. Raised in Massachusetts, Cuomo moved out to Los Angeles to go to college in the late '80s. During high school, he had played with a number of metal bands, but once he arrived in college, he became interested in alternative and post-punk music. It looks like, I rate albums very high, but they are really great. Hardcore punkers don´t like this "slowly" music, but i like it as well as hardcore punk and other hardly styles.
 

MEMBERS: Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals,quitar), Brian Bell (quitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Scott Shriner (bass)

STYLE: EMO, Punk pop, Alternative Pop/ Rock

SIMILAR ARTISTS: Nerf Herder, Veruca Salt, Wolfie, Cupcakes, Size 14, Nada Surf, Helium, Ween, Beck, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins

ROOTS AND INFLUENCES: Ric Ocasek, Buddy Holly, Devo, Nirvana, Kiss, The Felies, The Pixies

FOLLOWERS: Jimmy Eat World, Los Lagartos, Chopper One, Midtown, The Benjamies, Dispatch, Ozma, Logic 34, 

FULL RECORDS: Weezer (1994), Pinkerton (1996), Green Album (2001), Maladroit (2002)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

     WEEZER   (****)       review

 

     PINKERTON  (*****)        review

 

     GREEN ALBUM (*****)    review

 

     MALADROIT (*****)       review