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A Prezi on the Band Weezer

david donovan

on 5 May 2011

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By David Donovan History Weezer formed in 1992 and had their first gig opening for Keanu Reeves, and Dogstar. Weezer was signed in 1993 by Geffen records and recorded their first studio album, called "Weezer", which is often refered to as "The Blue Album". This album contained the hits: The Blue album is currently sertified triple platinum in the United States, and double platinum in Canada. Weezer then began work on their next album in 1996 Pinkerton During Christmas holidays Rivers Cumo went to his home town in Connecticut. There he recorded the next album's demo peices on his 8 track recorder. The rest of the band started to piece it all together while Cumo was at Harvard. The album was ment to be a space themed
rock opera. The original name for the album was "songs from the black hole". This idea was soon given up, and pinkerton was born. Pinkerton is considered one of Weezer's greatest albums. The album was well recived by critics. Allmusic gave the album 5 stars saying "What makes the band so enjoyable is their charming geekiness; instead of singing about despair, they sing about love, which is kind of refreshing in the gloom-drenched world of '90s guitar-pop." Rolling Stone Magazine praised the album, saying "Weezer's Rivers Cuomo is great at sketching vignettes (the Dungeons and Dragons games and Kiss posters that inspire the hapless daydreamer of 'In the Garage'), and with sweet inspiration like the waltz tempo of 'My Name Is Jonas' and the self-deprecating humor of lines like "I look just like Buddy Holly/And you're Mary Tyler Moore", his songs easily ingratiate." It featured the singles The album produced three hits Becase of the name Pinkerton, the company Pinkerton Securitys of Encino, California, filed a temporary injunction against the band and its Geffen record label for trademark infringement two days before the album was to be released on September 24, 1996. Weezer won the case but Weezer's record company did not advetize it because blames this for pinkerton's low record sales. The Album never made platinum like there privious record, but is still considered to be one of their greatest albums Weezer finished touring for pinkerton in the summer of 1997. The members of the band took a break, with drummer Patrick Wilson returning to his home in Portland Oregon to work on his side project, special goodness. Matt Sharp left to complete the follow-up album for his group The Rentals, and Brian Bell went to work on his group, Space Twins. Rivers Cumo returned to Boston, Massachusetts, but took a break from Harvard to focus on songwriting. Cumo got together with some friends from Boston. There group was known to the locals as The Rivers Cumo band. Pat Wilson and Brian Bell joined Cuomo in L.A. to start work on the next album. Matt Sharp did not rejoin the band and officially left the group in April 1998. The group decided on Mikey Welsh as Sharp's replacement. Weezer continued rehearsing and cut demos until the fall of 1998. Frustration and disagreements led to less and less rehearsals, and in late fall of 1998, drummer Pat Wilson left for his home in Portland waiting new productivity from Cuomo. Rivers Cuomo went into a period of admitted depression, painting the walls of his house black and putting fiberglass insulation all over the windows and then black sheets of fiberglass so that no light could get through.
The band didn't reunite until April 2000, when the Fuji Festival in Japan offered Weezer a high-paying gig to play in August 2000. The festival served as a great insperation for Weezer's productivity, and from April to May 2000, the band rehearsed and demoed new songs in Los Angeles. In June 2000, the band joined the Warped Tour for eight shows. The green album During the Vans Warped Tour, Weezer had a setlist consisted of 14 new songs that fans have labeled the Summer Songs of 2000 (known as SS2K). When 13 of these songs did not appear on Weezer's next album, fans of the songs started a petition demanding the release of studio versions. On August 16, 2001, reported by MTV, bassist Mikey Welsh was checked into a psychiatric hospital because of a meantal breakdown. His whereabouts were previously unknown, as he mysteriously went missing before the filming of the second video for "Island in the Sun". Weezer was asked to find a temporary replacement for Welsh. Through a friend, Cuomo received Scott Shriner's number and asked if he was interested in filling in for Welsh. Shriner accepted. The band took an experimental approach for the recording process of their fourth album by allowing fans to download demos from their official website in return for feedback. After the release of the album, the band said that this process was something of a failure, as the fans did not supply them with coherent, constructive advice. Cuomo eventually delegated song selection for the album to the band's original A&R rep, Todd Sullivan, saying that Weezer fans chose the "wackest songs." Only the song "Slob" was included on the album due to general fan suggestions. The recording was also done without input from Weezer's record label, Interscope. Cuomo had recently had what he then described as a "massive falling out" with the label. In early 2002, before the official release of the album, the label sent out a letter to radio stations asking the song be pulled until an official, sanctioned single was released. Interscope also briefly shut down Weezer's audio/video download webpage, removing all the MP3 demos. Online Weezer fans staged a brief protest, with several websites proclaiming "Free Maladroit". In April 2002, former bassist Matt Sharp sued the band, alleging, among several accusations, that he was owed money for cowriting several Weezer songs. The suit settled out of court. The fourth album, Maladroit, wich means someone who is slow in the head, was released on May 14, 2002, only one year after its predecessor. The album served as a harder-edged version of the band's trademark catchy pop-influenced music, and was replete with busy 1980s-style guitar solos. Although met with generally positive critical reviews, its sales were not as strong as those for "The Green Album". Two singles were released from the album. The music video for "Dope Nose" featured an wierd Japanese motorcycle gangs, and was put into regular rotation. The music video for "Keep Fishin'" combined Weezer with The Muppets, and had large rotation on MTV. Both videos were directed by Marcos Siega. As soon as Maladroit had wrapped up, the band immediately began work on their fifth album, recording many demos between tours (often making as many as 24 songs in a day) These songs were eventually scrapped, and Weezer took a break after the release of two albums in quick succession. During this break, Bell and Wilson released LPs from their side projects Space Twins and The Special Goodness. From December 2003 to the fall of 2004, Weezer recorded a large amount of songs intended for a new album to be released in the spring of 2005 with producer Rick Rubin. The band's early recordings became available to the public through the band's website. The demos were a big hit, but none of the songs recorded at this time were included on the finished album. That album, entitled Make Believe, was released on May 10, 2005. Despite commercial success, Make Believe got a mixed reception from critics, receiving an average score of 52 on review collator Metacritic. Although some reviews, such as AMG's, compared it favorably to Pinkerton, others, among them Pitchfork Media's score of 0.4 out of 10, panned the album as predictable and lyrically poor. This album produced 4 more hits for the band Mikey Welsh never rejoined the band and decided to work on his art career and Scott has been with Weezer ever since. Perfect Situation MTV refused to play "we are all on drugs" so Weezer had to rewrite the lyrics, and changed it to "we are all in love" After the album, the band released a statement saying that a DVD would be on the way from their japan tour. The video put on hold untill 2006 The band released yet another self titled album in 2008, which soon gained the name, "the Red album" The record was "experimental", and according to Cuomo, includes longer and non-traditional songs, TR-808 drum machines, synthesizers, Southern rap, baroque counterpoint, and band members other than Cuomo writing, singing, and switching instruments. Pat Wilson said that the album cost about a million dollars to make, contrasting it with the $150,000 budget of "The Blue Album". The album's singles were produced by Jacknife Lee. Its lead single, "Pork and Beans", topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts for 11 weeks, and its music video won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. The album's second single, "Troublemaker", debuted at #39 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at #2. In October 2008, the group announced that the third single would be "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)". On May 30, 2008, the Toledo Free Press revealed in an interview with Scott Shriner that Weezer would be going the "Hootenanny Tour", in which fans would be invited to bring their own instruments to play along with the band. Shriner said: "They can bring whatever they want...Oboes, keyboards, drums, violins, and play the songs with us as opposed to us performing for them." Weezer released there next album in 2009 called "raditude" The album artwork was from
National Geographic's contest-winning photograph of a jumping dog named Sidney. The record's release was pushed to November 3, 2009, where it debuted as the seventh best-selling album of the week on the Billboard 200 chart. The band scheduled tour dates in December 2009 extending into early 2010 to coincide with the new album's release. On December 6, 2009, Rivers Cuomo was injured when his tour bus crashed in upstate New York due to black ice. Cuomo suffered three broken ribs, and his assistant broke two ribs. His wife, baby daughter, and their nanny were also on the bus; however, they escaped injury. Weezer cancelled tour dates the following day. The band resumed touring on January 20, 2010. In December 2009, it was revealed that the band was no longer with Geffen Records. The band stated that they would still release new material, but they are unsure of how they would do it, whether it be self-released, released online, or getting signed by another label. Weezer toured with Blink-182 in 2009, including an August 30 stop at the Virgin Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Drummer Josh Freese joined Weezer on a temporary basis to play drums on the Blink-182/Weezer tour while Pat Wilson switched to guitar. Wilson said in an interview for Yahoo! Music that Cuomo wanted "to be active and more free on stage and him having guitar on was an stopping him." Freese stated he was a Weezer fan and did not want to pass up the opportunity to play with them. In August 2010, the band announced that their next album would be titled Hurley and was released on September 14, 2010 through Epitaph Records. The name comes from the character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes from the t.v. show Lost. Jorge Garcia, the actor who played Hurley, stated that being featured on the album cover is "one of the biggest honors of his career." Overview
I think that Weezer is one of the greatest, if not the greatest
bands of their time. They have many great and inspireing songs and inspired many bands. A few examples of people that they inspired are, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and the fall of troy. Lyrical Devices
Rhyming: heart-breaker and life-taker
Alliteration: Something is bubbling behind my back, the bottle is ready to blow Ryming
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