Saturday, October 25, 2008
Weezer were the Lazarus of the mid 90's alternative scene. After a well-received debut in 1994, they released an almost universally panned second album, Pinkerton, which was famously savaged with a one star review in Rolling Stone. When Pinkerton failed to live up to expectations, Weezer disbanded for four years. With time, however, a fan buzz began to build, which transformed the group from a cult sensation to a resoundingly mainstream success. By the beginning of the 2000's a wholesale reconsideration of the group resulted, one that was both critically and commercially laudatory. Largely due to the widely perceived sorry state of music by the end of the 90's, Weezer was prompted to reform and resume recording in the studio. The later releases, however, are often perceived as not nearly as good as the first two.
"Say It Ain't So" was the third single from the self-titled debut, Weezer, often referred to as "The Blue Album" due to a predominately blue background on the cover. Not nearly as successful as the first single, "Buddy Holly", best known for its music video which clevery utilized digital imagery to simulate the set of the TV show "Happy Days", or the follow-up, "Undone" (The Sweater Song), the song still managed to be a minor hit in the Modern Rock charts. With the passage of time, "Say It Ain't So" became a staple of alternative music radio.