Detroit Free Press article - August 8, 1995

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Publication Detroit Free Press
Interviewee Patrick Wilson
Interviewer Brian McCollum
Date August 8, 1995
Title A whirlwind for Weezer
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A whirlwind for Weezer
Author: Brian McCollum (Detroit Free Press)
Published: October 11, 1994

The four guys in Weezer - drummer Pat Wilson, guitarist/vocalist Rivers Cuomo, bassist Matt Sharp and guitarist Brian Bell --- are having a zany year.

The Los Angeles band's self-titled Geffen Records debut recently moved over the million mark, thanks largely to MTV's saturation airplay of the goofy-hip videos for "Buddy Holly" and "Undone The Sweater Song."

Relentless touring has been enough to make Wilson's head swim.

"We've been on the road since last May, May of... What was it - '94? I don't even know what year it is," he said Tuesday.

Wilson cleared his head long enough to chat about his band:

On the Weezer sound: "When we started, we still wanted to have sweet-sounding music, nice melodies and all that. The acoustic guitar's a big part of that. But it didn't work, because you can't play it live in LA clubs.... I hope we get heavier, actually. People don't think of us as an aggressive band, and then when they come see us live, it's this big, raging show. I don't know, maybe the record doesn't sound 'rock' enough or something."

On perception of the band as a novelty act: "Maybe we are, for all I know. I just go out and play. I can't change what other people think. But I don't think of it as 'novelty.' I think of a novelty song as something like (Right Said Fred's) 'I'm Too Sexy,' something that ESPN would use as music behind 'Sports Center.' If people three years from now think Weezer is a total novelty act, that's fine. People think that getting a tan is really good for you."

On critics' interpretations: "They can write about whatever they want. I couldn't care less. Sometimes they write really good stuff. I guess good stuff means I agree with it. ... Sometimes I'd read a review of us, then look at the next page and there was the Marlboro Man, like, getting his four-wheel drive unstuck out of a gorge. That was a revelation to me: OK, this is public consumption food."

On Weezer as public consumption food: "Geffen makes it public, and we choose to have them do that. I mean, we didn't want to make videos, but we had to. We knew if we wanted to sell a bunch of records, we had to get on MTV. We're not anti-commercial, just anti-bad music."

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