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Rivers Cuomo

The singer/guitarist/songwriter of Weezer, Rivers Cuomo was born June 13, 1970, and grew up in Connecticut. Intrigued by both the sounds of heavy metal (Kiss, Van Halen) and hook-heavy punk-pop (the Pixies), Cuomo moved to Los Angeles in 1989 alongside his bandmates in the progressive metal outfit Avant Garde. The group disbanded one year later, however, and Cuomo dabbled in several other projects before forming Weezer in 1992. The original lineup consisted of Cuomo, guitarist Jason Cropper, bassist Matt Sharp, and drummer Pat Wilson. After playing L.A. clubs for over a year, the quartet was signed to Geffen, but Cropper quit abruptly around this time (reappearing later in the '90s with Chopper One). Cropper's replacement was Brian Bell, formerly of Carnival Art, and the revised band recorded their debut at Electric Lady Studios with Ric Ocasek serving as producer. As most Weezer fans know, their 1994 self-titled debut was a smash hit on the strength of the hit singles/videos "Undone (The Sweater Song)," "Buddy Holly," and "Say It Ain't So." The breakup of Nirvana had left a gaping hole in the power pop-punk genre, and Weezer released their debut just at the right time. After the yearlong tour wrapped up, Cuomo retreated from the music world and began studying at Harvard; he also grew a beard to protect his anonymity and had surgery on his leg (when he was born, one leg was shorter than the other), which resulted in Cuomo having to wear a leg brace for some time. Weezer returned with the darker Pinkerton in 1996, having scrapped their previous plans to record a space-themed rock opera as their sophomore album. Cuomo wrote the album's ten tracks while studying at Harvard, drawing upon such themes as groupies, fan mail, lesbians, and Japanese women. While the album didn't yield any hit singles, fans treasured it as a stronger release than the band's debut. Nevertheless, Weezer once again went on hiatus following Pinkerton's supportive tour, and bassist Sharp permanently left the lineup to devote more time to his other band, the Rentals (Sharp was later replaced by Bostonian Mikey Welsh). With little news coming from the Weezer camp by the dawn of the 21st century, many assumed the band had broken up. Cuomo gave a few surprise solo shows in Boston during 1999, however, and announced the following year that a third Weezer release was forthcoming. The release did not see the light of day until 2001, as Cuomo was waiting for braces to come off his teeth before recording would commence. Known as The Green Album, the record spawned the hit singles "Hash Pipe" and "Island in the Sun." 2002's Maladroit did not fare as well, but Weezer returned to hitmaking status with 2005's Make Believe, which earned the band a Grammy nomination for the song "Beverly Hills." The album's content was partially inspired by Cuomo's discovery of meditation, which he had practiced intensely during the three previous years. Cuomo had also been recording homemade demos since the band's inception in 1992, and he gathered 18 of them for a 2007 solo compilation, Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. ~ Greg Prato
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  1.   Song
  2.   My Day is Coming
  3.   Chess
  4.   I'll Think About You
  5.   Don't Worry Baby
  6.   Please Remember
  7.   Wanda (You're My Only Love)
  8.   I Don't Want To Let You Go
  9.   The Prettiest Girl In the Whole Wide World
  10.   Cold and Damp
  11.   Who You Callin' Bitch?
  12.   Little Diane
  13.   Crazy One
  14.   Dude We're Finally Landing
  15.   Oh Jonas
  16.   Longtime Sunshine
  17.   I Admire You So Much
  18.   I Was Made for You
  19.   Lemonade
  20.   Paper Face
  21.   Buddy Holly
  22.   Blast Off!
  23.   Come To My Pod
  24.   The World We Love So Much
  25.   Can't Stop Partying
  26.   Superfriend
  27.   Harvard Blues
  28.   The Purification of Water
  29.   Lover in the Snow
  30.   This Is the Way
  31.   Walt Disney
  32.   My Brain Is Working Overtime
  33.   I Wish You Had an Axe Guitar
  34.   Ohh
  35.   I Want To Take You Home Tonight
  36.   The Bomb
  37.   I Was Scared
  38.   Victory On the Hill
  39.   American Girls by Homie
  40.   Island in the Sun
  41.   Ooh
  42.   Butterfly
  43.   Devotion
  44.   El Scorcho
  45.   The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
  46.   My Brain
  47.   I'm So Lonely
  48.   Getchoo
  49.   Lisa
  50.   Negativland
  51.   You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
  52.   When You're Alone
  53.   Susanne
  54.   There is No Other One
  55.   Let Me Wash At Your Sink
  56.   Waiting On You
  57.   Oh No, This is Not For Me
  58.   Tired of Sex
  59.   She's Had a Girl
  60.   What is This I Find?
  61.   Now I Finally See
  62.   I'm Lonely On a Saturday Night
  63.   Oh God I'm Hungry
  64.   I'm On Fire, You're a Liar
  65.   The End of My String
  66.   I Can't Break Your Heart Slow
  67.   Money Makes Me Happy
  68.   My Mind's On You
  69.   Defeat On the Hill
  70.   Clarinet Waltz
  71.   A Glorious Moment
  72.   National Public Radio's Fresh Air with Terry Gross: Interview with Rivers Cuomo

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