Weezer’s self-titled debut album, aka The Blue Album, is one of the most enduring artifacts of the alternative rock era, winning the hearts of teenagers generation after generation. Released in 1994, it is the geeky and equally anguished little brother of Pearl Jam Ten and that of Nirvana It does not matter, both more sincere and ironic than its predecessors, and in some ways more daring in its disregard for the old rules of rock.
To some wary music fans at the time, it seemed Weezer had come out of nowhere, appearing fully formed with his major debut. In a way, Weezer do come out of nowhere. They only exist because their brilliant eccentric leader, Rivers Cuomo, somehow managed to transition from being a frustrated metal shredder to being a quirky brain of alternative rock in the span of a few minutes. only years, then met the right collaborators along the way.
In the latest episode of our Amazon Original podcast The 500 best Rolling Stone albums, Cuomo and his early comrades – including drummer Patrick Wilson and original guitarist Jason Cropper – join RS Lead Writer Brian Hiatt to tell the story of Weezer’s unlikely birth and the making of a classic debut album that continues to win new generations of fans.
In 2003, Rolling stone released its definitive countdown to the 500 greatest albums of all time, the most popular and controversial list in magazine history. In 2020, we completely remade the list, adding over 150 new titles. With the Amazon Original podcast The 500 Best Rolling Stone Albums, we dig deeper into the creation and meaning of many of the records that were selected, with exclusive information from the artists who created them – and those who know them best, and their music. Weezer’s blue album ranked 294 on the latest chart.
Hosted by RS Senior Editor Brittany Spanos, The 500 Best Rolling Stone Albums appears exclusively on Amazon Music, with a new episode appearing every week. Check out the Blue Album episode above.