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Featured quote - Brian Bell on Weezer's creative plans, immediately prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
|"We're in the process of finishing a new album that's called Van Weezer, we already released a song ("The End of the Game") and after our tour with Green Day in the summer, we might get to finish another [album]. This other album is 80% finished, it's called OK Human, and it's my favourite so far, even when it's incomplete. The solos and the songs are so good. Besides, the creative process was very inspiring. Some songs have acoustic guitars, there's organs and I hope I can add some stuff that we haven't tested yet. It's an organic album, very direct and very mature. I feel like this is the next step we need to take, musically speaking."|
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|December 2022||Rivers Cuomo; LA Times writer
||Even Geffen Records at first passed on Weezer but eventually found itself the only major label still interested in the group. Negotiations also suddenly turned strange when the cleanshaven Cuomo showed up at the label’s offices one day wearing a thick, Marlboro Man mustache.
“I like to disturb people with my image,” Cuomo says. “That was really strange. I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror. When I went in to meet with Geffen about the album cover, I told the art director all four of us were going to have these mustaches. She was really upset and disturbed. From then on we had to work with another art director.”
|LA Times interview with Weezer - May 21, 1995||--MyNameIsJason (talk) 09:49, 3 September 2022 (UTC)|
|November 2022|| Jason Cropper
||"I can live with people saying it sounds a little like Weezer. I was in Weezer from the beginning, and even before that, in the pre-Weezer bands. A lot of what is on that first Weezer album was me. I can hear on the second one how it went from being a collaborative effort to being a (band leader) Rivers (Cuomo) thing. The parts of Weezer that were acoustic-guitar-based on the first one are me, that was my influence and, for a while, we were all on the same page. We all liked Morrissey, the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but where Rivers' roots come more from the Kiss direction, mine are more from The Who. He's more into Brian Wilson and I'm more into Pete Townshend."||Addicted to Noise article - May 27, 1997||--MyNameIsJason (talk) 06:52, 22 September 2022 (UTC)|
|October 2022||Pat Wilson
||"Since [Weezer formed], I've tried to understand what it means to be in a band. All I know about music is instinctual or from a record; I haven't witnessed much live music. As far as I can tell, bein in a band can be just as important as any other occupation... We recorded this with Ric Ocasek and Chris Shaw at Electric Lady in N.Y. The record sounds the way it does because the drums aren't the loudest thing in the mix. Somehow, Phil Collins' style of recording has taken over, and we didn't want that. The only effects used are fuzz bass on "In The Garage" and a little compression here and there. Certainly not as much as they put on Ringo... Thanks for listening."||Weezer (The Blue Album) press kit||--MyNameIsJason (talk) 23:58, 18 September 2022 (UTC)|
|September 2022||Brian Bell
||"We're in the process of finishing a new album that's called Van Weezer, we already released a song ("The End of the Game") and after our tour with Green Day in the summer, we might get to finish another [album]. This other album is 80% finished, it's called OK Human, and it's my favourite so far, even when it's incomplete. The solos and the songs are so good. Besides, the creative process was very inspiring. Some songs have acoustic guitars, there's organs and I hope I can add some stuff that we haven't tested yet. It's an organic album, very direct and very mature. I feel like this is the next step we need to take, musically speaking."||Indie Rocks! interview with Brian Bell - November 13, 2019||--MyNameIsJason (talk) 06:57, 26 August 2022 (UTC)|
|August 2022||Matt Sharp
||"I remember being in a Panera Bread and having a bread bowl – I don’t know why, bread bowls are a very Nineties thought to me – and hearing that "dip-dip," whatever the fuck that song was."
"Yeah. I remember being like, 'That’s got to be them.' There’s a particular melody in there, that just seems very signature to Rivers' style. I was like, 'That's good, that's a really nice melody,' while eating my bread bowl. But I haven't heard too much of it."
|RollingStone.com interview with Matt Sharp - September 26, 2014||--WeInTheUSA|
|July 2022|| Daniel Brummel
|| "Parties are cool because there's so much less pressure," said Brummel. "And after you play you can go hang out and smoke cigarettes with the people instead of trying to sell them your album. Not that any of us smoke cigarettes."
"We don't smoke cigarettes," Slegr added. "Or anything. Not really. Not on a regular basis."
|UCLA Daily Bruin interview with Daniel Brummel and Ryen Slegr - April 2000||--|
|June 2022|| Matt Sharp
||["Friends of P."] is about Paulina Porizkova, who is Ric Ocasek's wife, who used to come down to Electric Ladyland studios when we were recording The Blue Album. And she would read our palms, and she was pregnant and she would just hang out. And we were like, "Wow, a pregnant supermodel is reading our palms." And then she would complain about how only bands like Warrant and all these '80s heavy metal bands are the only people who would write songs about her. And so she was really bummed out that nobody cool was writing songs about her now, so I wrote that song for her while we were at Electric Lady as an attempt to get her out of the '80s hair metal rut she was stuck in.||Chart Attack interview with Matt Sharp - November 8, 2006||--|
|May 2022|| From a December 1994 article in the Hartford Courant
|| [Kevin] Ridel is not surprised that Cuomo has achieved such success with Weezer. But [another] person is: Kenneth Holton, Cuomo's high school music teacher, a classical theorist (and decidedly not a metal fan), who listened to Avant Garde just to encourage a favorite student.
"He was fascinated by heavy metal.…He had very long, teased hair all around his head. My chorus got a reputation for having the kid with the long hair," remembered Holton, now retired.
|Hartford Courant article - December 4, 1996||--|
|April 2022|| Mikey Welsh
||I think that the artist (I'm only speaking for myself here), should be completely removed from the process. The only thing that matters to me is the work. It should always be powerful enough to speak or scream at people. The artist shouldn’t have to stand there at the opening, explaining things to people.||Rock Salt Plum Review interview with Mikey Welsh - Spring 2007||--|
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