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Weezer Arguments Argued

Knial Piper

Posted on December 20, 2018 10:58

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Why the SNL skit is so important.

Last Saturday Matt Damon starred in an SNL skit that aimed to answer an age old question: Which Weezer, is the best Weezer? As many Weezer fans know, this argument is a “must have” discussion for fandom initiation. I have been scolded many a time for my praise of The Red Album. While I think such anger is unjustified, I nevertheless also find myself in long discussions about the value of great records like Pinkerton. I could write pages on this topic, but I will instead attempt to explain briefly why these discussions exist. I do think three culprits are at hand: an identity crisis, crowd-pleasing, and a diverse fan base.

First and foremost, Weezer has an identity crisis. Weezer is not The Beatles, their discography has no clear path of evolution. It feels as though their albums jump from one persona to another without rhyme or reason. The change from The Blue Album to Pinkerton is hard to miss. Everything from radical lifestyle changes to actual band member changes has driven this phenomenon. I believe this identity crisis is fueled by their people pleasing desires.

When a fan requested Weezer to play Toto’s “Africa,” Weezer dove head first into the experience. At the same time, Weezer tries to create new and fresh sounds that will satisfy all listeners. As a result Weezer has produced beauties like The White Album and atrocities like Ratitude. This desire for approval has also frustrated Cuomo. When Pinkerton and The Blue Album (now their highest ranking albums) were first released, fans and critics called them nothing but a drunken mess.  Rivers, who poured his heart and soul into the albums, followed fan’s critiques and apologized for creating them. I can imagine how some resentment for fans might cause someone like River’s to go as far as insulting his own fans at a concert, having the opposite effect.  

Yet with Weezer, people pleasing is harder, because of their fan diversity. Weezer’s fan base exist with varying tastes because of time passed between albums and their twenty plus years of existing in the limelight as a band with a wide array of sounds. This has in turn created a difference in years between various types of fans. Weezer exists as an ageless college rock band for some and new pop band for others. They are praised by some for their attempts at reinventing their image, while being scolded by others for not sticking to their roots, whether that be the 1990’s roots or early 2000’s roots.   

Weezer has been in the limelight for so long and created so much music with so many flavors.  As they receive a 2018 Grammy nomination for Pacific Daydream and prepare for the release of their forthcoming Black Album, only one thing is sure: fan-fueled arguments will continue.

Knial Piper

Posted on December 20, 2018 10:58

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