Song of the Day #5,050: ‘In the Garage’ – Weezer

In May of 1994, Los Angeles rock band Weezer released its first — and still most successful — album, a self-titled record popularly referred to as the Blue Album due to the background color of its cover image.

The power pop collection went triple platinum in the U.S. and reached #16 on the Billboard 200. Its first two singles — ‘Undone – The Sweater Song‘ and ‘Buddy Holly‘ — became minor hits largely due to the prominence of their Spike Jonze-directed videos on MTV.

The Blue Album has been hailed as one of the decade’s best releases, and a touchstone of the alternative rock genre.

I’ve always thought I’m a potential Weezer fan. I haven’t listened to any of their music apart from those early singles, but they fit the geek-pop mold of a lot of acs I like. Given the chance, would I have latched on to Weezer the way I did Ben Folds Five a few years later?

Listening to the Blue Album now, I’m not so sure. Unlike the piano-based melodicism of Ben Folds Five, the guitar-heaviness of this record is a bit of a barrier. I dig several of the tunes, but others are noisier than I like. Of course, maybe that’s my 49-year-old reaction and I would have felt differently at 22.

There is enough good here to make me curious about the rest of Weezer’s output, which spans 27 years and 15 albums, but I don’t see myself doing that deep dive anytime soon.

[Verse 1]
I’ve got a Dungeon Master’s Guide, I’ve got a twelve sided die
I’ve got Kitty Pryde, and Nightcrawler too
Waiting there for me, yes I do, I do

[Verse 2]
I’ve got posters on the wall, my favorite rock group KISS
I’ve got Ace Frehley, I’ve got Peter Criss
Waiting there for me, yes I do, I do

[Chorus]
In the garage, I feel safe
No one cares about my ways
In the garage, where I belong
No one hears me sing this song
In the garage

[Verse 3]
I’ve got electric guitar, I play my stupid songs
I write these stupid words, and I love every one
Waiting there for me, yes I do, I do

[Chorus]
In the garage, I feel safe
No one cares about my ways
In the garage, where I belong
No one hears me sing this song
In the garage, in the garage, yeah

[Guitar Solo]

[Chorus]
In the garage, I feel safe
No one cares about my ways
In the garage, where I belong
No one hears me sing this song

[Outro]
In the garage, I feel safe
No one laughs about my ways
In the garage, where I belong
No one hears me, no one hears me
No one hears me, no one hears me
No one hears me sing this song

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,050: ‘In the Garage’ – Weezer

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I don’t think I know any Weezer songs other than “Buddy Holly,” but I too am not a big fan of their heavy sound.

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