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Featured article: Weezer (The Green Album)
Weezer, also known as "The Green Album", is Weezer’s third studio album, released May 15, 2001, nearly five years after Pinkerton. It is Weezer's first "post-Pinkerton" album, their comeback album, and the first Weezer album to feature Mikey Welsh. It is notable for its short, poppy, and punchy sound.
Following the then-underwhelming reception to Pinkerton, Rivers Cuomo moved to Boston, MA and began writing new songs, pursuing a less-personal writing style, and briefly forming a side-project titled Homie. Following Matt Sharp's departure from Weezer, the band began seeking a new bassist, eventually recruiting Mikey Welsh in the summer of 1998. Cuomo would write dozens of demos during this hiatus. The band eventually reconvened in 2000 after being invited to perform on the Vans Warped Tour, which helped them find new confidence. The new songs demoed and performed live from this era came to be known as the Summer Songs of 2000.
Ric Ocasek was brought back to produce the record, after having filled that role for Weezer's debut. In total, 75 songs in contention for Green. Karl Koch posted many new song titles online at the request of fans during production and recording, setting a pattern that would be repeated with the even-more-transparent recording process of Maladroit just a year later.
The album was recorded between December 27, 2000 and February 10, 2001, and recording occured at Cello Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The art direction of the album was handled by Chris Bilheimer with photography from Marina Chavez and Koch. The album cover was shot in between band practices.full article | edit | previous featured articles