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Jason Cropper (2007)
|Born||June 27, 1971 (age 47)
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
|Years active||Late 1980s–present|
Jason Cropper (born June 27, 1971 Oakland, California) was the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist from Weezer and also a founding member. Cropper first befriended the Stoner Avenue gang through Pat Finn. At the time, Cropper was living in northern California. At the time, Pat Finn's band Bush was missing a guitarist and Cropper was invited to fill the blank role.
Cropper claimed to have picked up the guitar at age 16. His mother reports that he first "rocked" to a small 45 rpm record in his bedroom where he played "Let's Go To The Hop" by Danny and the Juniors. He was about two years old, and he loved it. He used to spend hours, as a very young child, listening to "Tommy" by The Who. He has never openly admitted what the first record he bought was, but his first "cool" album was Jimi Hendrix. He was a fan of various genres, like psychedelic, grunge, and punk. He was in various bands in his twenties before joining bands that contained the core members of what would become Weezer.
In early 1991, Cropper joined the NorCal funk jam band The Brotherhood Groove Grand Junction, but in spring 1991 he moved to Los Angeles with Pat Finn, who had befriended him during Finn's several month stay in Petaluma CA. Upon arrival, Cropper helped form what would become 60 Wrong Sausages taking up the role of guitar.
Cropper soon got a job with Patrick Wilson selling luxury dog shampoo as a telemarketer in Westwood, a job that was basically inherited from Matt Sharp, who had just moved to Northern California. The company went out of business three paychecks later. A new company bought the facilities, and (acc to Cropper) "...they said, 'Okay. You're all fired, but you can have your job back at minimum wage', which was like, $3.25 an hour. And I was like, 'Screw this.' So I went and got a job as a cook at an Italian Restaurant/deli [on Santa Monica Blvd in West L.A.], and we still weren't playing in a band with Rivers, but he was around and there was music going on." Jason then helped Rivers get a job as a dishwasher at that restaruant, but neither of them lasted there very long.
Meanwhile, by June 1991, Cropper, Pat Finn and Pat Wilson were all spending lots of time with Rivers Cuomo and began to form 60 Wrong Sausages. They convinced Rivers to join them by late summer 1991.
When 60WS disbanded, Cropper joined what would become Weezer. Originally, Cropper's role was acoustic guitar and backing vocals, but as Weezer's sound shifted Cropper set down the acoustic guitar and picked up an electric to play rhythm. Cropper used his strong fingerpicking skills to solidify a rough idea by Pat Wilson and create the famous intro guitar part to My Name Is Jonas.
While Weezer was recording their first album, Cropper's girlfriend became pregnant, and he left the band. Although the exact details are clouded in legal documents, it is most likely that Cuomo and Sharp asked Cropper to leave because everyone felt anxiety about his girlfriend's pregnancy and Cropper's resultant increasingly erratic behavior at that time. Cropper left on fairly negative terms and had little to no contact with Cuomo for over a decade, though he and the rest of the weezer guys reconciled by the time of Rivers's wedding in 2006, and remain on good terms today.
After leaving Weezer, Cropper and his then wife, Amy Wellner Cropper, formed the band, Chopper One in the mid-1990s, and, after releasing an indie single in 1995, wrote and recorded a CD of original songs in 1997 called Now Playing on Restless Records. The album was re-released in 1998 as Chopper One with a different cover and including a new single, "A Punk Named Josh".
In January of 1994, their first of three children was born, a young girl they named Kiefer Rain Cropper. Their son, Jake Hudson Cropper, was born in 1999, and their third child, a daughter, Devon Jade Cropper, was born in 2001. The couple divorced circa 2004-2005, but live near one another as they co-parent their three children.
In early 2006, Cropper built a home studio and is currently recording himself and other locals, namely Buffalo Alice, whose second album "Mitchell" (2007) he produced. He also has writing credits on at least one song and is created as playing guitar and singing on several songs. He has signed on to co-write and produce a third album for the band, and is currently listed as bass player on the bands website. Cropper plans to release a solo album in the near future.
Cropper also provided vocals on the theme song to the short-lived television series, "Andy Richter Controls The Universe".
Peace with Weezer
In 2004, while Cuomo was taking up meditation, he sought to make amends with everyone he felt he may have done wrong to. He began to regularly interact with Cropper and the two re-befriended each other. Cropper attended Cuomo's wedding in 2006.
During one of Cuomo's solo acoustic shows in 2018, Cropper joined Rivers on stage, playing guitar and singing backing vocals on "In the Garage" and "No One Else".
- The Kitchen Tape (1992)
- The Real Demo (1992)
- DGC Rarities, Vol. 1 (1994) - ("Jamie")
- Buddy Holly single (1994) - ("Jamie")
- Weezer (The Blue Album) deluxe edition (2004) - (several tracks)
- Video Capture Device DVD (2004) - (several tracks)
With Chopper One
- "Free Lunch" 7" (1995)
- Hush: Los Angeles Acoustic compilation (1995) - ("Superhero")
- Now Playing (1997)
- "Touch My Fuzz" promo single (1997)
- Hear You Me! A Tribute to Mykel and Carli (1997) - ("I Like You")
- Chopper One (1998)
- "A Punk Named Josh" single (1998)
With 22 Jacks
- Uncle Bob (1996)