11. “Undone” almost came undone.
The original concept for the opening of each verse of “Undone” was to have a sound collage of dozens of audio samples created by friend of the band and “fifth member” Karl Koch. As Koch explained in a 2003 essay, the collage included “everything from Humphrey Bogart to Christian radio dramas [and] the Peanuts gang.” During the mastering process in November 1993, Geffen balked at the idea of clearing all the samples, so Koch, Matt Sharp and Mykel Allan quickly created the now-infamous “party dialogue,” which was recorded in Cuomo’s garage in Los Angeles, mixed down and sent back to New York City just in time to make the cut for mastering.
12. It took 16 years for the original version of “Mykel & Carli” to come out.
13. When the Blue Album came out, no one cared.
Well, that’s not entirely true—obviously, the band had developed a bit of a fanbase in Los Angeles, but with the band having not toured nationally yet and the internet still very much in its infancy, the majority of the planet had no clue who Weezer were. Case in point: The Blue Album didn’t debut anywhere near the Top 20; in fact, the No. 1 album the week following Blue’s release was Tim McGraw’s Not A Moment Too Soon. The No. 5 album? Chant, by the Benedictine Monks Of Santo Domingo De Silos. No. 14? Yanni’s Live At The Acropolis. 1994 was a weird time, folks. (The album eventually peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200, spending 78 weeks on the chart.)
14. Weezer’s first music videos were directed by an Oscar winner.
15. The Blue Album sold more than three million copies but never produced a No. 1 single.
It seems crazy that a band can sell three million copies of a record without having a single break through the mainstream, but Weezer pulled it off with the Blue Album. Not only did none of the album’s three singles come anywhere near the top of the charts (“Buddy Holly” was the only one to even make the Top 40, at No. 18), none of the songs hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks, a chart specifically designed for a band like Weezer to flourish. Again, “Buddy Holly” came closest, peaking at No. 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in December 1994, kept out of No. 1 by R.E.M.’s “Bang And Blame.”
16. The version of “Say It Ain’t So” you know probably isn’t the original version.
17. The music video for “Buddy Holly” was included as a bonus on the Windows 95 installation disc.
18. Matt Sharp once sued Weezer for songwriting royalties for the Blue Album.
19. The performance of “Say It Ain’t So” on Late Show With David Letterman is one of the greatest late-night TV performances by any band ever.
20. That Letterman gig was also the very last performance of the Blue Album tour cycle.
In the weeks immediately following that August 1995 TV performance, Cuomo moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he would start his fall semester at Harvard, as well as begin work on Weezer’s sophomore album, Pinkerton. By the way, mark your calendars: Pinkerton’s 20-year anniversary is Sept. 24, 2016. ALT