That time when Weezer was on a Windows installation disc

Microsoft knew they’d come up with a quantum leap in personal computing when they put the gold master of Windows 95 to bed. The OS may seem primitive now, but it was a huge improvement to Windows 3.1 and the crappy DOS programs we’d been stuck with. (Apple people: Pipe down. This isn’t about you.)

When it came time for the official launch, Microsoft pulled out all the stops, licensing “Start Me Up” from the Rollings Stones for a massive advertising campaign. Why? Because Windows 95 was the first version with a start button. The whole blitz reportedly cost $300 million USD.

I didn’t have a CD-ROM in my computer at the time, so my installation took nearly 3 dozen 1.44 MB floppy discs. Some of my early-adopting friends were able to install the program in a quarter of the time thanks to their shiny new CDs.

Deep within the folders was one named “Fun Stuff.” What could that possibly mean?

A couple of clicks revealed two low-res music videos, including Weezer’s then-new “Buddy Holly” video.

The other video? “Good Times” from Edie Brickell. Good trivia, no?

(Thanks to Kyle for the reminder of this bit of computer history.)

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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