“Buddy Holly” by Weezer


Weezer is a rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992. The original band consisted of Rivers Cuomo, Matt Sharp, Patrick Wilson and Brian Bell. Most people know Weezer by their hit song “Beverly Hills” which was released in 2005.

Their second single off their debut album, Weezer (The Blue Album)  was “Buddy Holly” which was released in 1994. The song is written by lead singer, Rivers Cuomo. The song references the late American musician Buddy Holly. The song was released on what would have been Holly’s 58th birthday. “Oo-ee-oo I look just like Buddy Holly, oh-oh and you’re Mary Tyler Moore.”

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The music video for “Buddy Holly” was directed by Spike Jonze and is listed on TIME Magazine’s All Time Best Music Videos. It’s nostalgic lyrics and film setting transports the audience into an episode of the 1970s hit television show, Happy Days. The video makes it look like the band is playing in Arnold’s Drive-In diner and the whole gang  from the show are watching their performance.

“Buddy Holly” won four MTV Video Music Awards and The Blue Album became Weezer’s best selling-album.

Weezer continues to perform and make albums with their most recent album being titled, Weezer/The White Album. The current members are Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell and Scott Shriner. In June, 2016, Weezer released a new single, “I Love The USA”, through Apple Music to celebrate NASA’s Juno mission.