Nice to hear some positive talk of weezer following last weeks money to break them up articles.
Weezer is a very important indie passage for American rockers, I've found. To me and all my buddies back in school who were starting to get interested in alternative rock, Weezer was definitely the band because they hit your pleasure centers as squarely as any other music you could think of, as far as being rich with melody and pretty easy to dance to a lot of the time. But also, the fuzzy guitars were very exciting and new-sounding, and all the latent sexual frustration, particularly in thePinkerton songs, were intriguing.
I think that for a lot of people my age, Weezer was the first indie rock band, kind of like the indie rock gateway drug. Weezer certainly became the band, the rock on which me and all of my buddies built our church, so to speak. Pretty much any band that our friends were in in high school probably covered at least two Blue Album songs at some point.
The first two Weezer albums at that age were sacred texts, pretty much the Bible, big jumping off points for a life of indie rock. I was very obsessed with "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" as a kid. Again, it's that sexual frustration coming out. It was on the soundtrack to the movie Angus, which probably spoke resoundingly to the sort of person that'd be interested in Weezer at the age of 15.
For my friend Andrew [Cedermark]'s 16th birthday, we went to see them at the Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh, New York. His parents actually got us a limousine. Is that the best birthday present you've ever heard of? Dude, so we felt awesome. That was it: Weezer was a really big part of our lives, to the point that big events, such as 16th birthdays, it was easily fathomable for Weezer to be the crux of such an important day such as that.
Pitchfork: They're touring the Blue Album and Pinkerton this fall. Are you going to go to any of those shows?
I mean, no. Even though seeing the Blue Album or Pinkerton performed live is a really appealing prospect to me, I don't agree that they're doing it over two nights. The records are only 45 minutes each, so it's completely reasonable to play them in one night. But maybe I'll break down because there's a lot of songs from that era which I haven't seen in concert and I'd really like to.