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Editors’ Notes

Weezer's debut proved that the '90s alt-rock boom had considerably more going for it than Nirvana and other benefactors of Seattle scene hype. Indeed, fueled by a geek-appeal that was refreshingly organic, Rivers Cuomo and company delivered one of the decade's most assured debuts here. While so much of the decade's music revolved around specious angst and cheap intellectual irony, Cuomo's songs often had an insouciant charm that seemed equally rooted in '70s arena rock and '80s new wave, yielding the infectious singles in "Buddy Holly," "Undone (The Sweater Song)," and "Say It Ain't So." The band's easy way with melodies and hooks are also showcased on the standouts "In the Garage," "Surf Wax America," and "The World Has Turned and Left Me"-filled with one of the charms generally in short supply during the era: genuine innocence.

Customer Reviews


One of the best albums released in the 90's or even, ever! You can listen to this all the way through and never have to skip over a song either because you don't like it or it feels like it doesn't belong with the rest. A pure masterpiece of alternative/emo rock that will stand the test of time. Weezer's (first) self titled album is a must have for any alternative music lover.

Buy the original copy

Don't waste another 15 bucks. The original album was NOT re-mixed in surround sound for the Deluxe Edition. Just buy tracks 11-23.

Just like Blue

If you love Blue then you'll love this. You can hear the band evolving in some tracks, and other tracks would have fit perfectly on Blue's original tracklist. The sound, production and writing style are all very similar to blue. Oh man this album is incredible. It's like hearing Blue all over's Blue's twin. Susanne has insane harmonies, My Evaline is a barbershop quartet (Geffen gave the assignment to Weezer as homework), and Jamie is amazingly hooky. Each song shows off weezer's harmonizing ability so well, but the best examples are in the acoustic versions of "Jamie" and "No One Else." The latter being played a half step down and moving the song's feeling from happy and care-free to sorrowful. Oh man are the harmonies good on those two songs. The Live takes of "Jonas" and "Surf wax" are interesting to hear how tight weezer sounded in early performances. The "Say it ain't so" here is the original mix. The new Blue copies have a different mix, but the changes are extremely subtle. Finally, the Kitchen tape demos are absolute gems. The Kitchen Tape was a demo weezer handed out around L.A. before being signed to Geffen. Rivers wears his Nirvana and Pixies influences a little more on his sleave with all 3 songs containing more yells, screams, intamicy, and rough qualities. "Undone" has some funny spoken bits in the intro and sounds a lot more painful than the album version, "Paperface" is brilliant writing, and my favorite part of the "Only in Dreams" demo is the person who yelps something after Rivers says "Ask her to dance..." Buy it; it's blue all over again.


Formed: 1993 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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 gleaned from bands like Kiss. What truly set the band apart, though, was their geekiness. None of the members of Weezer, especially leader Rivers Cuomo, were...
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