Ongoing History Daily: Naming Weezer

Weezer was officially formed on Valentine’s Day in 1992 and immediately faced a critical problem: What were they going to call the band? That issue was kicked down the road as the band recorded some material for an indie cassette.

When that tape was released, it was labeled with a bunch of different band names, which underscored the difficulty they had coming up with something. The names included Fuzz, Zoom, Avant-Garde, Sixty Wrong Sausages, Meathead, Outhouse, Hummingbird, The Big Jones, and This Niblet.

By the way, that demo was called The Kitchen Tape because the drums for all the songs were recorded in the kitchen of the house where the band rehearsed.

And the name Weezer? That came from a nickname Rivers Cuomo got from his biological father when he was about four years old.

Yesterday’s post detailed the Alice in Chains calendar mishap.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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