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Will Weezer be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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65 comments so far (post your own)

Greatest band of all time, why wouldent they be inducted? They created a new genre that opened up music for more than just one social class.

Posted by Garrett Lenderman on Tuesday, 01.2.07 @ 17:17pm

I dunno, I'd feel perfectly fine with them being inducted on their first two albums, but the subsequent ones drain that desire from me.

Posted by nathew on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 17:32pm

they're a good band, but were nothing truly original. yay for people with blind loyalty.

Posted by paul on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 18:02pm

they have made two of the best albums of the past 20 years. the beach boys only had 1 of the best albums of their time (smile came much much later). they've done more than enough to deserve this. even their new albums each have a few gems.

Posted by mike on Thursday, 03.22.07 @ 20:31pm

Amazing band, perhaps not fully appriciated. Its hard to say if they will get in there, some greats have been inducted, while some less than stellar talent has also been inducted.

There isnt much you can say that ONLY weezer has invented or done for the music industry. But, based off their first 2 albums, some of their unreleased work/demos/bsides, and even some of their newer material. I personally think they should.. but even for a big weezer fan, i think they just barely make it.

hopefully another album comes out and helps out. because right now, they are getting by because the fact their earlier material is SO amazing

Posted by lock on Saturday, 03.31.07 @ 14:17pm

INNOVATION: One of the first bands to ATTEMPT not to look like a rock band, one of the few bands that got top-40 hits and were still cool to indie kids
INFLUENCE: kinda sorta influenced emo. Yeah, I know, one of the first bands to get mainstream attention that looked like nerds, Fall Out Boy ripped them off

Posted by Ryan Gibbs on Sunday, 05.20.07 @ 05:11am

Didn't influence emo at all because it was before their time.

Posted by William on Sunday, 05.20.07 @ 06:20am

Weezer is a good band, but somewhat overrated in my opinion. They play power-pop, and they do it as well as anyone, but it's not nearly as revolutionary as some people seem to think.

Posted by A-Killa on Thursday, 09.6.07 @ 15:51pm

innovation-they consider pinkerton to be the emo record of the nineties and started another wave of emo music not to mention blue is its own sound

Posted by sean on Friday, 09.14.07 @ 22:12pm

Look at who they have influenced? Pinkerton did create the current emo genre I am not proud of it, but they did. Songs like only in dreams, keep getting voted into top 50 all time songs by rolling stones, and the blue album is in the top 500 greatest albums of all time in the rolling stones, they are much better than half the bands that are in the hall of fame.

Posted by Garrett Lenderman on Wednesday, 01.16.08 @ 16:57pm


Everyone knows that their new stuff is absolutely appaling. However, what everyone doesn't know is that their earlier material isn't exactly brilliant.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 15:25pm

Weezer is at the make or break point in their career. So far the scoreboard has 2 fantastic albums (Blue and Pinkerton), 2 horrible albums (Maladroit and Make Believe), and one so so album (Green).

It really comes down to whether or not the Red Album can be average, and if that's the case, they're in. If it sucks and proves they've completely flamed out, it'll be a tough call.

So far I haven't gotten a handle on what Red will actually sound like though.

Posted by Pete on Saturday, 05.24.08 @ 20:29pm

Blue/Pinkerton earned them a Hall spot. They're in. The great singles from the uneven Green/Maladroit help their case and the popularity of Make Believe kept their name in the spotlight even if it looked like dog shit and smelled like an a-hole made of dog shit.

New album blows. New single ("Pork & Beans") is a self-referential joke that makes Rivers sound unapologetic for putting out godawful songs. Other tracks from the album that have been leaked are just as horrific. Doesn't matter though, they're still in. Those first two albums will cause nerds to pick up guitars or become lifelong music writers for decades.

Posted by Casper on Saturday, 05.24.08 @ 21:15pm

I think you underestimate "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived." It's a grower, so give it another listen. I hated it at first, but it really grew on me.

Posted by Pete on Sunday, 05.25.08 @ 00:04am

You bet that they belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All of their albums and singles are great and they're continuing to put out great music almost 15 years later. Can't wait until 2019 to see if they get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Lewis on Sunday, 07.20.08 @ 07:00am

I've got to tell you, I don't care much at all for the new album. I read that the song "Pork & Beans" was supposed to be Cuomo's way of letting everyone know he doesn't need Timbaland to hit the top of the charts. That sentiment didn't carry over to me. He honestly sounds smug about the whole thing. The first three albums (Blue/Pink(erton)/Green) were o.k., but the whole "nerds on a power trip" concept is played out. If these guys can rally deliver the goods on a rock album, let's see them do it!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 08.23.08 @ 05:34am


I've listenend to Pinkerton on several occasions and just simply can't hear what makes it so important. To me it just sounds like a band trying out some new sounds and styles, with not much sucess.

I certainly don't here any 'emo'. Why do people claim it spawned emo? Because the lead singer whines about girls, sex, etc in it? I highly doubt those concepts are original to Weezer.

Posted by Me on Wednesday, 10.1.08 @ 12:47pm

I don't know if they will get in. They get a lot of attention, maybe a bit too much. They're okay I guess.

Posted by Cokey on Saturday, 10.18.08 @ 20:55pm

Weezer shouldn't get in because most of their music is simplistic and repetitive. I could be their drummer and no one would know the difference. A lot of their early stuff isn't like this, but anything after their first two albums is awful. The most prime example being the third self titled album (also called the Red album). Every song pretty well only has a riff that lasts for one and a half seconds, and then repeats. A monkey could play these songs. That said, the lyrics have always been top notch.

Posted by J. B. on Saturday, 11.8.08 @ 23:31pm

so, there is another band in the hall that has basically been playing the same riff over and over since they started and they would happened to be named.....AC/DC. weezer is fantastic at their craft. they do it for themselves and have one of the best lineups ever known. pat is a great dummer who doesn't haven't to be an octopus when he plays to show that he still has great talent. agreed the lyrics are great and always have been. rivers also has one of the best and most distinct voices ever in my opinion. maladroit is a pretty awesome cd too. make believe may be their worst but it still isn't even that bad. weezer on a whole will be and deserves to be in the hall for sure. I mean if they will eventually put a band in there like nirvana, weezer is just as deserving.

Posted by awesome D on Thursday, 11.20.08 @ 21:04pm

At the end of the day, Weezer realy is a wimpy band.

They're mediocre, non-treatening pop drivel - which is exactly why modern rock radio has embraced them. There's nothing edgy, nothing dangerous at all about them.

Weezer is exhibit A for what a huge marketing push can do for a band. They are to post grunge powerpop what Linkin Park is to rap rock.


Posted by Fred on Friday, 03.27.09 @ 11:19am

I think they should get in. I don't get Fred saying "oh they're mediocre cause they're non threatening" Two things. First of all the greatest band of all time, the Beatles, was pretty non threatening so it doesn't have to be about subversiveness or scaring the parents. Second, they came out at a time when rock was dominated by people like pearl jam, and nine inch nails. The innocence and simplicity of weezer's first album was intentional rebellion from musical trends of that period. And they've kept it up since as one of the few bands still to employ guitar solos and backing harmonies.

Posted by EDD on Thursday, 04.2.09 @ 12:21pm


The Beatles were non-threatening? Were you even alive then? The Beatles certainly seem tame by todays standards, but at the time, they were called satanic by parents who didn't understand what they were hearing.

And Weezer weren't rebelling against Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails. The simply followed the existing trend. When Pearl Jam wore flannel and Doc Martins, it was genuine. They did it because it was wet and rainy in Seattle. By the time Weezer came along, that look had been co-opted into an anti-80s statement. By dressing like nerds, Weezer simply took what was genuine, and bastardized it into something contrived. They were following a trend, not setting a trend.

Rivers Cuomo was a huge Van Halen fan, yet deliberately contrived to keep his influences under wraps, because they weren’t the trend of the moment. The guy is a sellout, plain and simple. And he had so much marketing push behind him that his fans actually believed the swill they got sold. Even now, when it’s cool to like Van Halen again, and Cuomo comes out of the closet, so to speak, as a VH fan, Weezer fans still think he must be doing so with some sort of irony. They just don’t get that he conned you 15 years ago and they’d rather continue to be conned then accept the fact that they bought into something carefully packaged and mass marketed. Weezer is alternative-lite. Pasteurized, homogenized, and ready for mass consumption, and utterly lacking in any substance.

You and I can argue ‘till we’re blue in the face, and it won’t change anything. This is a familiar story. We’ve seen it dozens of times already. At the end of the day, Weezer does not get inducted. Their fans get outraged. Nothing changes. The Hall is better for it, for the simple fact that the bar needs to be set high and Weezer doesn’t meet the standard. Feel free to be outraged. That’s what fanboys do. Just understand that your outrage won’t actually accomplish anything.

Posted by Fred on Wednesday, 04.8.09 @ 08:06am

Obviously this argument is pointless because you seem to be that "Indie Guy" who thinks that if a band has a pop oriented sound it is automatically soulless, mainstream, drivel. And while I could list the huge number of brilliant pop bands (the Beach boys, the Beatles and on alphabetically) there seems to be no point as your unreceptive to the ideas of others. Flaws with your argument...
Rivers incorporates all of his influences be it Van Halen in his guitar solos, which are totally reminiscent of classic rock acts, or Kurt Cobain for his vocal parts
Other older grunge musicians did not dress like nerds they thought they were very cool punks.
Rivers didn't try to look like a nerd, he is a nerd, and
You can't really say that they were just the commercialization of post grunge powerpop. They kinda invented it. The commercialization of post grunge powerpop is Blink 182 type bands who came after Weezer

Posted by EDD on Tuesday, 04.28.09 @ 18:06pm

I don't think Weezer deserves to be inducted because they kept making music after Pinkerton.

so no, I don't think they deserve it for having a fantastic first couple of years and proceeding to not release anything relevant for the next 23 (don't hold your breath).

Posted by Kyle on Sunday, 08.9.09 @ 19:13pm

Weezer's 'Green' album is much better than 'Pinkerton', IMO.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 08.10.09 @ 06:44am

"Weezer's 'Green' album is much better than 'Pinkerton', IMO."


Posted by Jonny on Monday, 08.10.09 @ 12:29pm

"Weezer's 'Green' album is much better than 'Pinkerton', IMO."


Posted by Jonny on Monday, 08.10.09 @ 12:29pm

yes, Rivers Cuomo will never again have a song as deep and emotional as Crab.

put the hash pipe down.

Posted by Kyle on Tuesday, 08.18.09 @ 04:46am

Kyle, stop harshing my buzz.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 08.18.09 @ 06:23am

This article makes a fairly compelling case:


Posted by Ray on Monday, 09.21.09 @ 14:01pm

Well, for their deserving induction, that is.

Posted by Ray on Monday, 09.21.09 @ 14:02pm

Ray, that article was written 5 years ago. They have done nothing but take a dump on their career since then. Slim chance now, in my opinion.

Posted by Alan on Monday, 09.21.09 @ 15:39pm

Alan, are you referring to whether or not they'll deserve induction or whether or not they'll actually get in?

(for what it's worth, Rolling Stone gave a positive review of Weezer's latest single. Critical respect apparently hasn't fallen as drastically as you might suggest)

Posted by Ray on Monday, 09.21.09 @ 18:51pm

Weezer is its own. They have literally been rocking the bitches since 1995. Every CD they have has its own little sound to it, and it rocks harder then any band right now..simply amazing lyricist in rivers cuomo

Posted by weezer4lfe on Tuesday, 09.29.09 @ 19:29pm

I can't make my mind up on this one. I'll say maybe, though there are a ton of bands who should go in before them.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 02.22.10 @ 19:16pm

I can't make my mind up on this one. I'll say maybe, though there are a ton of bands who should go in before them.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 02.22.10 @ 19:16pm

I agree, Sam. But I have a feeling they'll go in the Hall eventually, they just strike as that sort of band, you know, kind of the RHCP and GnR thing going on, at least they have more Influence and Innovation than GnR

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 07:58am

I vote YES :) ♥

Posted by Lesley Jackson on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 15:39pm

Tahvo: I agree that GnR have little influence. Weezer have about the same amount of innovation as GnR, which is none. If I had to pick one band from that class to have inducted I'd pick either Korn (though I don't like them) or Oasis.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 18:07pm

On Pinkerton and the Blue album, yes. I never really liked the green/red album, but they had some good songs. Make believe had beverly hills and perfect situation. raditude...well it wasn't really good. And Hurley... What the hell were they thinking

Posted by Bob on Thursday, 09.23.10 @ 21:00pm

F yes to Weezer! They definitely deserve this.

Posted by Brett on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 15:57pm

How can anyone pretend to have any sense of musical awareness after calling their debut "nothing special"? Even if you don't have the ears for their music (which is mostly unfounded aversion just to feel special for having a different 'opinion'), the historical value of that album within the 90s music is untouchable. Pretending it was nothing special is pretty much like denying the holocaust. Lighten up people, you don't have to be deep underground to be eclectic.

Posted by Luke on Tuesday, 10.5.10 @ 23:36pm

uhhh, nooooo they are not good and theyre ugly so that wont help.. they copied of Green Day too....

Posted by brigitte on Thursday, 10.28.10 @ 09:34am

Anything post 2001 is absolutely appalling, but The Blue Album and Pinkerton are still too important and influential to be ignored. Let them in, even if Rivers Cuomo has destroyed the band now.

Posted by Jim on Tuesday, 01.18.11 @ 17:49pm

IMO, Green album is better than the Blue album or Pinkerton.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 01.19.11 @ 06:27am

For Blue and Pinkerton alone, HELL YES.

They do have many modern gems as well, mainly ones that went unnoticed.
"The Greatest Man That Ever Lived", "Pig, "The Angel and The One", "Christmas Song", "Death and Destruction" (and most of Maladroit for that matter), all the bonus tracks in Pinkerton Deluxe, "Island in the Sun", and even "Perfect Situation".

I doubt these 'gems' will be recognized by the hall of fame however, so I think 1 more outstanding album will seal the deal.

They've stated that they want to make music for 15 more years at least, so I think the chances of that happening are quite high.

Posted by Xavier on Tuesday, 01.25.11 @ 04:18am

Weezer is an interesting case. The Blue album is fantastic, the best one of the band's career. Maladroit and the Green Album are uneven, but good. Those albums contain very good singles including, "Island In the Sun," "Photograph," "Dope Nose," and "Keep Fishin'". Make Believe is OK ("Beverly Hills" is a gem, though). Pinkerton is overrated, but is seen as influential. I like this band, but I would have to say no. Of bands that were big in the '90's, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Green Day should go in first.

Posted by Jason on Wednesday, 02.9.11 @ 22:47pm

IMO, 'Hashpipe' is the best song they've ever done. 'Buddy Holley' is also very good.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 02.10.11 @ 06:07am

Call me crazy, you probably will...

but I DESPISE Pinkerton.

Patrick Wilson's drumming is lame (on this album, I like Patrick), all Brian Bell does is power chords (on this album, I like Brian), and Rivers Cuomo is such a whiny little baby (on this album I hate Rivers. Matt Sharp does have decent bass, but that's it (and Matt is kind of a douche). Rivers is such a wuss about his leg brace, and Across the Sea makes him sound like a pedophile, which he probably is. The music is lame, the lyrics are worse, Blue Album and Green Album are WAY better. As are every other albums Weezer made.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 06.27.11 @ 21:29pm

I cannot take these guys seriously, they have some good stuff, but really they just do what is popular with the time. Their latest albums are crap.

Posted by Bob on Monday, 07.25.11 @ 12:43pm

R.I.P. Mikey Welsh

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 10.9.11 @ 11:02am

Meh. Built to Spill or Dinosaur Jr. are better choices.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 18:02pm

I know everyone here probably doesn't agree, but I've loved every album they've made. No complaints on my side! Let them in

Posted by Austin on Tuesday, 12.13.11 @ 04:02am

Why does everyone hate their new stuff? I think it's great along with their old stuff. And there is more essential songs and albums you need to add.

Posted by UnknownFork on Sunday, 07.29.12 @ 21:40pm

Saw Weezer at Bunbury Music Festival in Cinn. Very enthusiastic crowd (the wimmens love Weezer, as opposed to say Janes's Addiction, which has a largely guy following).

Played a fine set, all their big songs. Probably played some of their new stuff too, but I didn't care as I really like this band.

Unusual note, 4 guys in band, all of them sound like Rivers Cuomo. Don't know if that was planned or not.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 07.30.12 @ 12:33pm

Zach, you and i couldn't diagree more about Pinkerton, which is my favourite album.

In regards to the lyrics, i think they're great.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 10.11.12 @ 16:23pm

I honestly like all their stuff, new and old.

Raditude was different than Pinkerton but they were over 15 years apart, bands change, bands can't play the same sort of songs over and over. Raditude wasn't their best album but it definitely had a few gems on it. If you didn't like how they deviated so much from their style on Raditude, Hurley definitely brought them back on course. Weezer has been my favorite band for years and I think they should absolutely be inducted. They've influenced so many artists and basically created a whole genre. I don't see why they wouldn't be inducted, but that's just me.

Posted by Mikhail on Tuesday, 01.29.13 @ 20:02pm

"Raditude wasn't their best album but it definitely had a few gems on it."

The problem with Raditude (as with the Red Album) is that the best songs are on the deluxe edition, so I can't count them as part of my evaluation of the album. If "The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World" had been on the standard edition instead of, say, "In the Mall", and "Run Over by a Truck" had replaced "Love Is the Answer", my opinion of it would improve exponentially. Even "Get Me Some" is a better balls-out party jam than "Let It All Hang Out".

And yeah, I actually think Hurley was underrated by most critics, and definitely by the public. It could've been seen as their comeback album if it had been marketed better. Then they had to follow it up with Death to False Metal, which, while not completely terrible, was largely unnecessary. The history of Weezer is a history of terrible career moves, and sadly I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Posted by Taylor A'Latorre on Monday, 10.21.13 @ 11:12am

Weezer was a headlining act at this year's Coachella Rock festival, so their 'terrible career moves' might be a tad exaggerated.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 10.21.13 @ 13:55pm

I love the Pinkerton album but you guys know that the album alone caused the hiatus and cast rivers into depression because it was so badly reviewed. So I'm not sure the committee will see Pinkerton as a success

Posted by ryan on Tuesday, 04.1.14 @ 12:42pm

It would be ridiculous to induct this band and not Jane's Addiction, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Joy Division, etc.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Monday, 07.7.14 @ 00:13am

BulmaPunkRocker: I support the induction of all those bands in addition to Weezer, because all of them are highly influential among different strains of alternative and underground rock.

Yes, in an ideal world, the major influences like Joy Division, Sonic Youth, and Pixies (not to mention the Replacements) would get inducted before the bands who were influenced by them, but we all know this isn't how it works. The most we can hope for at this point is that all deserving artists are eventually inducted, and Weezer, whether you like them or not, are indeed one of those artists.

Posted by Pygmalion on Saturday, 10.11.14 @ 19:29pm

Yeah, pinkerton totTalY suX huH kidz??/ Heck-fire, my ONE DIRECTION poster alone beats pinkeytown! am i rightz? letz all board the 'i hate pinkerton now cuz itz 2015' train!

Children, 6 years after the landmark release of the Beach Boys "Pet Sounds," it was called a "Cult-classic." Guess what it's called now 9-year olds? Greatest Album of All-Time!

Posted by FU Kidz on Wednesday, 04.15.15 @ 21:47pm

It's hard to believe that the Pixies STILL haven't been inducted. I would say they're one of the top 10 MOST influential bands of all-time. Seriously, top 10! I would like for them and weerez to get inducted at the same time.

Posted by Lullabye for Wand on Wednesday, 04.15.15 @ 22:47pm

I can't believe it took me this long to finally see Weezer live! Caught them at Loufest (with Paul in KY) last weekend as they were the headliner. Everyone says they're not the best live band, but they still have plenty of influence and great material.

I'm not sure how many ways I can describe Weezer. I guess I'll start with at the top of my head: they are probably one that definitely took 'nerd-rock' to a new level. Everyone considers bands like Rush in that category. But mix in a bit of quirkiness and hard-driving guitars and lyrics and you have Weezer. I can go back to my junior high days when the "Blue Album" was all the rage and I can still remember the time when "Pinkerton" was once considered a sophomore failure. Most of us know Rolling Stone has praised it in recent years, citing it as one of the first successful 'emo' albums. Then Rivers Cuomo went to Harvard, and suddenly in 2001...Weezer was back on top and here to stay. They have released an album, just about every other year - sometimes without a title. They have put out several cool videos from the beginning: "Buddy Holly" (on the set of Happy Days), "Keep Fishing" (Muppets) and "Pork and Beans" (the one with 2008 YouTube celebrities and memes).

So, where am I getting at? Weezer will likely be nominated two years from now, and possibly being inducted soon from there. We shall see

Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 09.15.17 @ 00:42am

Caught the boys again, with Jason, at Loufest. As always, they play the hits! Might not be all of them, but you'll get a fine selection. Rivers is a great guitarist & the other guys are also fine musicians.

Lots of crowd singalongs & happy people. I do feel Weezer will be inducted someday. We put them in our Rock Hall Projected.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 09.15.17 @ 14:45pm

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