In the Garage

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"In the Garage"
In the Garage cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Blue Album)
Released May 10, 1994
Recorded August-September 1993 at Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY
Length 3:55
Label DGC
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 168
Producer Ric Ocasek
Status Officially released
Live debut August 1, 1993
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Port O' Jonas"
(RC# 167)
"In the Garage"
(RC# 168)
"I Swear It's True"
(RC# 169)
Weezer (The Blue Album) track listing
"Say It Ain't So"
"In the Garage"

"In the Garage" is the eighth track from The Blue Album.


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Along with "Holiday", "In the Garage" was written out of a sudden burst of excitement and creativity shortly after Weezer was signed to Geffen Records. Accordingly, one could consider "In the Garage" to be the antithesis of "Holiday". It is the sadder look at the excitement of being signed to a record label. One could arguably consider it to be the song that pinned the band as "geeks" with lyrics that reference such things as the Dungeon Master's Guide from Dungeon & Dragons and the comic book superhero Nightcrawler.

The inspiration for "In the Garage" predominately came from the garage of the Amherst House, which was the location for all of Weezer's early rehearsals. Additionally, it was where Rivers found himself writing the majority of his songs. The song is arguably the most personal and revealing of all the songs to appear on The Blue Album. Each verse reveals a new description to both Rivers and the garage.

In the first verse, Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo describes his interest in comics, RPGs, and super heroes, something typically not associated with a rock band. Then, in each chorus, Cuomo expresses his comfort with these genuinely nerdy things. In the second verse, Cuomo mentions Kiss, a rock group that influenced him in his youth. Interestingly, Cuomo chose to name check the two lesser-known members of Kiss rather than Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley. In the final verse, Cuomo discusses himself for the first time in the song. He refers to his songs as "stupid songs" made up of "stupid words" which hints at a bit of insecurity revolving the music he is about to release to the world.

The song also makes extensive use of a harmonica, a trademark of the early Weezer sound.

A reprise, described by Karl as "a weird vocal harmony thing", was recorded with Ric Ocasek in pre-production for The Blue Album, but was abandoned. It's unknown where it would have appeared in the tracklist otherwise.



I've got the Dungeon Master's Guide
I've got a 12-sided die
I've got Kitty Pryde
And Nightcrawler too

Waiting there for me
Yes I do, I do

I've got posters on the wall
My favorite rock group Kiss
I've got Ace Frehley
I've got Peter Criss
Waiting there for me
Yes I do, I do

In the garage I feel safe
No one cares about my ways
In the garage
Where I belong
No one hears me sing this song
In the garage

I've got an electric guitar
I play my stupid songs
I write these stupid words
And I love every one
Waiting there for me
Yes I do, I do

In the garage I feel safe
No one laughs about my ways
In the garage
Where I belong
No one hears me

No one hears me sing this song

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