The Ultimate Weezer Quiz

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When and where was Weezer founded?

Weezer came into being on January 14, 1992, in Los Angeles.

Who were the founding members of the band?

Cuomo (vocals), Cropper (guitar), Sharp (bass) and Wilson (drums)

Which original band member left the group during the recording of the group's first album?

Jason Cropper left the band while the group was recording its first album. He was replaced by Brain Bell of "Carnival Art."

Who are the two remaining founding members?

After quite a few lineup changes, Cuomo and Wilson are the last ones standing.

How did Weezer get its name?

Cuomo was called "Weezer" as a kid -- although apparently not because he suffered from asthma, as legend has it.

Weezer's first gig was opening for Dogstar, this movie star's band.

Just five weeks after the band formed, Weezer opened for Keanu Reeves and Dogstar at Raji's Bar and Ribshack in Los Angeles.

Weezer has released three self-titled albums that are nicknamed by the color of the album cover. In order of release, what are they?

Weezer's debut (1994) is known as "The Blue Album." Their third album (2001) is "The Green Album," and 2008's release is "The Red Album."

Which frontman of a major '80s band has produced two Weezer albums?

Ric Ocasek of the Cars was the producer of the Blue Album and the Green Album.

What was Weezer's first single?

"If you want to destroy my sweater..." was the first single released from Weezer's debut album, followed by "Buddy Holly" and "Say it Ain't So."

What's Weezer's best-selling album?

The first is still the best. Weezer's debut Blue Album is their top seller to date.

Finish this lyric: "Woo-ee-oo, I look just like Buddy Holly. Oh oh, and you're _________."

"Oh oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore. I don't care what they say about us anyway. I don't care about that."

The director of the "Buddy Holly" video went on to direct what feature film in 2009?

Early Weezer collaborator Spike Jonze (who also directed the video for "Undone -- The Sweater Song) gained movie fame with "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation" before directing "Where the Wild Things Are."

The "Buddy Holly" video had Weezer "performing" on the set of what beloved TV show?

Jonze used clips from "Happy Days" to make it look like Weezer was playing at Arnold's Drive-in Diner.

Has Weezer ever had a No. 1 hit?

Yes, Weezer has had one No. 1 song. And that song was ...

What was that No. 1 song?

Weezer scored their first and only No. 1 hit with "Beverly Hills" in 2005.

Rivers Cuomo grew up on an ashram in Connecticut that had this nickname.

Cuomo and his family lived in "Yogaville," an ashram run by Sri Swami Satchidananda in Pomfret, Conn.

When did Rivers Cuomo finally graduate from Harvard?

Cuomo enrolled in Harvard in 1995. He was 35 when he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2006.

If you were at a Weezer show in 2005 and got pulled onstage to play "Undone -- the Sweater Song," you might have left with this souvenir.

On the Foozer tour in 2005, the band would invite a fan onstage to play "Undone" and then give him or her the acoustic guitar.

The video for which Weezer song features reenactments of notorious YouTube videos?

The "Pork and Beans" video -- featuring the "Numa Numa" guy, the "Leave Britney Alone" guy and the "Chocolate Rain" guy, among others -- won the Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video in 2008.

Why did Weezer have to postpone their tour in 2009?

Weezer's tour bus crashed in upstate New York in December 2009, and Cuomo was injured.

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About This Quiz

You don't have to be a geek to love Weezer, but that does seem to be a big chunk of the band's fan base. It doesn't hurt that enigmatic frontman Rivers Cuomo looks (and acts, and sings, and writes) the part so perfectly, right down to his hard-won Harvard degree. From "The Sweater Song" to "Pork and Beans," how much do you know about Weezer?

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