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Weezer’s Blue Album Inducted Into Rock Sound’s Hall Of Fame

Ben Patashnik
Ben Patashnik 19 August 2010 at 15.33

Without this record, most of your and our favourite bands wouldn't exist. In a rare interview Rivers Cuomo notes it sounds "timeless... we achieved everything we set out to achieve," while Young Guns' Gustav Wood pays homage to the band's defining moment, calling it "brilliantly well-written, fun and deceptively dark".

With Weezer on the verge of releasing their eight album 'Hurley', we figured there was no better time to give some attention to what is inarguably their masterpiece - their self-titled debut, known as The Blue Album.

In the new issue of Rock Sound, onsale now, Rivers Cuomo opens up in an extremely rare interview about the making of the record, what he thought when it was finished and how it's stood the test of time.

"I'm incredibly proud of the record now. It sounds timeless; it doesn't sound dated like many of the other 90s records and it sounds like we achieved everything that we set out to achieve," notes Cuomo.

As part of our celebration of the classic album, Young Guns' Gustav Wood pays tribute to the record as well.

"Weezer's seminal Blue Album was a milestone record for me. I was 11 or 12 and was starting to steal all my older brother's shiny, valuable and slightly illicit CDs. Rock music was new and exciting and The Blue Album filled my head with stories of places and times that i'd never been to. I loved it," says Wood.

"Versus the angst and poetic spleen venting from Nirvana, Hole etc, Weezer seemed sweeter and more innocent, Rivers Cuomo's talent for low-key picture painting and charmingly clunky (but all the more direct and eloquent for it) songwriting actually communicated much more directly to me (I didn't understand Cobain's world weary howl yet), and there is, just like Nirvana, a real classic hook/songwriting skill obvious in among the buzzing and feedback of the bare production (though at the time I just thought it sounded really American and awesome). It managed to sound quaint and retro while sounding contemporary and modern and, with Green Day's 'Dookie', developed and focused my love of punk / rock / pop / Americana with Fender Strats and dorky glasses, and I sat tirelessly in front of MTV with my finger hovering over the record button on my mum's VHS ready to record the awesome video to 'Buddy Holly' should it come on.

"It's qualities haven't diminished with age. Good songwriting and evocative lyrics always stay that way, and to me it is a timeless record that has shaped the way I listen to and write music, and is a reminder that the more direct the better.

"All the guys in the band share my love for Weezer, so much so that we picked 'Say It Ain't So' for our first ever cover (a b-side for 'Sons Of Apathy'), and when we recorded it the simplicity and power of the original really shone through.

"Weezer's Blue Album was the fizzy pop rock hangover cure after the crash and burn of grunge and it was, and still is, a brilliantly well-written, fun and deceptively dark record."

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