I hit my teens at the tail end of the 90’s. I had older siblings who would try to put me on the good shit, and I did purchase Superunknown (strictly for “Spoonman”) and Pretty Hate Machine (strictly for “Head Like a Hole”), but I wasn’t with it. Around ’96 I was given a mixtape that had some bangers (Beck’s “Where It’s At,” Butthole Surfer’s “Pepper”) including “The Sweater Song.” I remember thinking that it was funny, for reasons I didn’t understand. The guitar was queasy, which was chill, and that Matt Sharp’s ad-libs were annoying and also funny in an Adam Sandler-gibberish-voice kind of way, which was tight.
I forgot about the boys for about 3 years, until I truly discovered the (pantaloon) pleasure of Blue Album and Pinkerton around grade 9. You’re thinking, “who cares?” Fair, fair. But then there was the SS2K demos, the build up to Green Album, the self-imposed forced liking of Green Album, and the build up to Maladroit, which was freakishly created with the help of fans via the Rivers Correspondence Board. Dark days. Now a lot of people will say that Maladroit is better than Green. Maybe they’re right. Where the Green album was a bottle of bleach, Maladroit is the chicken bacteria in the sink (that’s a tight analogy). But it’s got some jambs, man (“Slob,” “Take Control,” [watch for when Rivers says “yoooo” at the end of the choruses] and “Fall Together,” I guess).
None of this is relevant. Just wanted to flex my weezer knowledge. Album 5 demo “Queen of the Earth” ? TEST ME.
Then, Weezer released Make Believe. P4k suggested that it retroactively ruined Blue and Pinkerton (and rated “0.4” – fuckouttahere with that less than 0.5). General consensus is that Make Believe is not good. Low on heaters, and some might argue it has not aged well…
There is one exquisite diamond in this turd, and that is “This is Such a Pity.”
Speaks for itself. Sounds tight. Sounds like the Cars. Kinda sounds like the Strokes, in a way. Synths knock it out of the park. Rivers can’t hit those notes live, so you know its special.
Then the boys recorded Raditute four years later, the socks-and-flip-flops of albums, and they largely gave up.
So it goes.