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Picks and Pans Review: Weezer

updated 08/15/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/15/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Weezer

The moniker Weezer might possibly be a cruel nickname for the sickly kid in grade school who, after a long series of beatings from the cool kids, develops a twisted view of the world. The rock group Weezer is what happens when that kid grows up and learns how to play electric guitar in order to get even. This highly promising band comes across as a bunch of cool social misfits whose rock is fueled by a healthy dose of jaded attitude. The Los Angeles quartet's debut album, produced by the Cars' Ric Ocasek, would have been at home during the new wave days of the late '70s. No matter how rowdy songs like "No One Else" or "Surf Wax America" get, the melodies make them ingratiating rather than irritating. The catchiness also makes it much easier to listen to the wonderfully warped words, from an ode to a couple who look like Buddy Holly and Mary Tyler Moore ("Buddy Holly") to "In the Garage," wherein a lad proudly points out where he hangs his Kiss posters (especially the one with Ace Frehley). (DGC)

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