Weezer's self titled album turns 20 this year and it's like woah, dude, this record is nearly the same age as me but with the big fundamental differences of it being timeless and awesome. I was only three when it dropped and it wouldn't be until 12 years later that I would come to appreciate its witty goodness as an angsty emo teen in high school. To celebrate its forthcoming birthday I've decided to write 20 reasons why it's one of the best debut records of all time.


20) The artwork



Do you remember the time when bands actually put themselves on the front of their records? Patrick Wilson, Rivers Cuomo, Matt Sharp, and Brian Bell standing in front of a blue background is one of my favourite things about it. Like, that's so simple man. It's called the blue album and it's blue.



19) Anthems for the outsiders

As someone who didn't really fit in to any particular group as an adolescent, this album was the soundtrack to my lonely nerdy existence as an anti-social loser who would rather waste their weekends playing Sims and Theme Hospital than hanging out with my much more socially developed acquaintances.


18) Surf wax America is actually just about surfing

You take your car to work, River will take his board.


17) 'My Name is Jonas' makes no sense

Rivers sings about workers going home, choo-choo trains and pouring tea. He does not give a fuck and you'd be lying if you said you'd never walked around humming, "My Name is Jonas".


16) The Fact that 'Undone - The Sweater Song' was suppose to be sad

Rivers put it best himself: "'Undone' is the feeling you get when the train stops and the little guy comes knockin' on your door. It was supposed to be a sad song, but everyone thinks it's hilarious." Of course it's hilarious, you sing the words "Superman Skivves" at one point man.


15) Getting an insight into how dweeby these four guys really are

In 'In the Garage' Rivers sings about owning a Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role playing rule book, Nightcrawler comics and KISS being his favourite band. I don't know about you, but it made me a little bit hot under the collar.


14) 'Only In Dreams'

Everything about this track, especially its 3-minute guitar-based outro, makes it the perfect closer.


13) Shit breaks down in 'Holiday' and gets mad bluesy

From 1:40 to 2:40, the penultimate song goes from alt rock to doo-wop and back again. Not forgetting to mention those harmonies. It's cool as fuck and should make you want to read Jack Kerouac books on the beach.


12) The irony of 'In the Garage'

"I play these stupid songs, I write these stupid words."


11) The conversation at the beginning of 'Undone - The Sweater Song'

This one is fairly self-explanatory. Take it easy bra'.


10) Spike Jonze directed two videos on the album

'Buddy Holly' and 'Undone - The Sweater Song' were two of the earliest directorial ventures of the Jackass co-creator.


9) It's Goofy

This record depicts every single thing we love about Weezer.


8) The video to 'Undone - The Sweater Song'

The best thing about this video has to be River's hairstyle. He looks like a cross between Liam Gallagher and a young Ringo Starr.


7) The harmonica at the beginning of 'In the Garage'

Seriously though, when have you ever heard a harmonica on an alt-rock record?


6) Being super sad about the album only having 10 songs and discovering the five unreleased b-sides

'Lullaby for Wayne', 'I Swear it's True', 'Getting up and Leaving', the second version of 'In the Garage' and 'Mykel and Carli'. Google/Youtube away if incognizant.


5) Rivers getting all gangster on us in 'Buddy Holly'

"What's with these homies, dissin' my girl".


4) The video to 'Say it Ain't so' solidifying your crush on Rivers Cuomo forever

Before Michael Cera took the crown for nerdy-dude-it's-totally-acceptable-to-crush-on there was Cuomo. The un-styled hair, the plaid shirt, the immensely adorable face he pulls in the first 9 seconds of the video. Swoon.


3) It is indisputably and unequivocally the best Weezer record

This. Album. Rules. I hate to say it didn't get much better than this, but it really didn't get much better than this.


2) The Song Writing

Personally, I think Rivers Cuomo's songwriting abilities were at its peak here. Some say it's cheesy, idiotic and simply lacks any kind of real finesse but genius exists in the satirical and solitary nature of songs like 'Say it Ain't So' and 'The World Has Turned and Left Me Here'.


1) 'Buddy Holly' and its accompanying video

No explanation needed.