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Weezer was formed in 1992 by Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Matt Sharp, and Jason Cropper in Los Angeles, California. The group recorded its first album at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, during which Copper left the band and was replaced by Brian Bell. The album, Weezer (also known as "The Blue Album"), was released in May 1994. The band produced two music videos during this time: Undone - The Sweater Song and Buddy Holly. Both videos became hits on MTV, and the latter won four MTV Video Music Awards and two Billboard Music Video Awards.
Weezer's next album was Pinkerton. Originally envisioned by Cuomo as a space-themed rock opera, this concept was later dropped. The final album includes songs written before the band released its first album, as well as some written by Cuomo while he attended Harvard. The album had three singles, El Scorcho, The Good Life, and Pink Triangle. Two days before the album was released, a temporary injunction was filed against Weezer and their label Geffen by Pinkerton Securities of Encino, California, over the name of the album. A judge ruled for Weezer, but because the injunction caused Geffen to hold back some initial promotion, this may have led to slow initial sales. Despite a failure to achieve mainstream success, Pinkerton currently enjoys cult status.
For the next year, the band went on a break to pursue other projects. In his hometown of Boston, Cuomo continued working on new songs for Weezer and recruited musicians from the Boston area to help him. In April 1998, the band, except for Matt Sharp, regrouped to work on the next album. Sharp was replaced by Mikey Welsh, one of the Boston musicians that Cuomo had worked with during the break. However, creative disagreements eventually led to Wilson returning home to Portland, and Weezer once again separated. They finally reunited in April 2000 when the Fuji Festival in Japan offered the band a gig. During June 2000, the band resumed playing live shows and joined the Warped Tour.
In 2001, the band released Weezer (aka "The Green Album") and went on another tour. In August 2001, Mikey Welsh was checked into a psychiatric hospital after an attempted suicide. Welsh was temporarily, and later permanently, replaced by Scott Shriner. In preparing its fourth album Maladroit, Weezer took the unusual approach of permitting fans to download the demos from their website in return for their feedback. Later, the band cited this experiment as a failure, as the feedback was not cohesive or constructive. However, one song, "Slob," was eventually chosen. Maladroit was released in May 2002 as a harder-edged version of their usual style. While the album got positive reviews, it is currently Weezer's lowest-selling album.
Weezer's fifth album, Make Believe, was released in 2005 and got mixed reviews from critics. However, the album was commercially successful. Finally, after a period where the future of the band was uncertain, Weezer released a third eponymous album, also known as "The Red Album." Described as experimental, it includes longer and non-traditional songs, writing by the other band members, and new instruments.