DGCD-24629 Weezer
Produced by Ric Ocasek
Released on May 10, 1994
US CHART POSITION #4 . . . 2x PLATINUM RECORD (8/8/95), 3x PLATINUM (11/13/98) . . . UK CHART POSITION #23
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DGCD-24629 cover
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T hree chords hurled at the wall of indifference by a band of beautiful losers. Which might also describe Teenage Fanclub and The Pixies. Shortly after “Buddy Holly” hit MTV, Weezer were the next great white hope, a crown they quickly handed back with Pinkerton. But that doesn’t diminish anything they accomplished with their first album. Before the first hit even rolls around (“Buddy Holly”), listeners will be waving the weezer flag. Rivers Cuomo is like a more prolific Norman Blake, tossing off one great idea after another. He also does a better job of developing his ideas, lingering over the melodies so that it isn’t so much cotton candy. Like Blake, he plays the dorky underdog to perfection: “Buddy Holly” (is there a limit to how many times I can reference that song?), “No One Else,” “In The Garage.” But there’s also a nonconformist mentality at work that makes the music inexplicably cool (just check out “Surf Wax America”). Make no mistake; Weezer rocks. Listening to this disc, I get the feeling that Weezer found the formula that Teenage Fanclub and Nirvana were originally after. The Pixies honestly transcended this when they weren’t knee deep in noodles. Of course, The Pixies never name-checked Dungeons & Dragons either, and that’s gotta earn you an extra cool point or two. I play this disc all the time, and I know it doesn’t have a blessed thing to do with prog, but it does play into the Beatles fantasy we all had about making perfect music that left the establishment wondering if they’d just been entertained or interred.

DGCD-24629 gatefold sleeve
DGCD-24629 gatefold sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. MY NAME IS JONAS    (Jason Cropper/Rivers Cuomo/Patrick Wilson)    3:23
  2. NO ONE ELSE    3:14
  3. THE WORLD HAS TURNED AND LEFT ME HERE    (Rivers Cuomo/Patrick Wilson)    4:26
  4. BUDDY HOLLY    2:40
  5. UNDONE - THE SWEATER SONG    4:55
  6. SURF WAX AMERICA    (Rivers Cuomo/Patrick Wilson)    3:04
  7. SAY IT AIN'T SO    4:18
  8. IN THE GARAGE    3:56
  9. HOLIDAY    3:26
  10. ONLY IN DREAMS    8:03

    UK 2004 expanded edition disc two
  11. MYKEL AND CARLI
  12. SUSANNE
  13. MY EVALINE
  14. JAMIE
  15. MY NAME IS JONES (LIVE)
  16. SURF WAX AMERICA (LIVE)
  17. JAMIE (LIVE)
  18. NO ONE ELSE (LIVE ACOUSTIC)
  19. UNDONE (DEMO)
  20. PAPERFACE (DEMO)
  21. ONLY IN DREAMS (DEMO)
  22. LULLABYE FOR WAYNE
  23. I SWEAR IT'S TRUE
  24. SAY IT AIN'T SO (ORIGINAL ALBUM MIX)

    Tracks 1-10 (disc one) written by Rivers Cuomo unless noted

CREDITS

BRIAN BELL -- guitar, vocal
RIVERS CUOMO -- vocals, guitar
MATT SHARP -- bass, vocals
PATRICK WILSON -- drums
Chris Shaw -- engineer
Peter Gowland -- cover photo
Peter Orth -- inside photo
Karl Koch -- design
Michael Golob -- art direction

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US May 10, 1994 Geffen CD/CS DGCD/DGC-24629  
UK 1994 Geffen CD GED-24629  
AUS'L 1994 Geffen CD GEFD-24629  
UK 2004 Universal 2CD 9861907 w. bonus disc

 

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