Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly” is a music by American rock band Weezer. The music was written by Rivers Cuomo and launched because the second single from the band’s debut album Weezer (The Blue Album) on September 7, 1994, which might have been Buddy Holly’s 58th birthday. The lyrics reference the music’s Nineteen Fifties namesake and actress Mary Tyler Moore. It reached quantity two and quantity 34 on the US Trendy Rock Tracks chart and the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, respectively. The music additionally reached quantity six in Canada, quantity 12 in the UK, quantity 13 in Iceland and quantity 14 in Sweden.

Rolling Stone ranked “Buddy Holly” quantity 499 in its checklist of The five hundred Biggest Songs of All Time (2010).[5] The digital model of the only for “Buddy Holly” was licensed gold by the RIAA in 2006.[6] VH1 ranked it as one of many 100 Biggest Songs of the 90s at quantity 59 in December 2007.[7]


Songwriter Rivers Cuomo wrote “Buddy Holly” after his pals made enjoyable of his Asian girlfriend.[8] He initially deliberate to exclude it from the album; he felt it was “tacky” and maybe didn’t signify the sound he was pursuing for Weezer. Producer Ric Ocasek persuaded him to incorporate it. Within the ebook River’s Edge, Ocasek is quoted saying: “I keep in mind at one level he was hesitant to do ‘Buddy Holly’ and I used to be like, ‘Rivers, we will speak about it. Do it anyway, and when you do not prefer it when it is accomplished, we cannot use it. However I believe it is best to strive. You probably did write it and it’s a nice music.'” Bassist Matt Sharp recalled: “Ric mentioned we might be silly to go away it off the album. We might come into the studio within the morning and discover little items of paper with doodles on them: WE WANT Buddy Holly.”[9]

An early demo of “Buddy Holly” recorded by Cuomo in 1993 has a distinct really feel, because the music is performed at a a lot slower tempo than the model that seems on the album. This model appeared on Alone: The Residence Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. The liner notes for Alone clarify that the refrain, in its most primitive kind, initially was sung as: “Oo-wee-oo you look identical to Ginger Rogers / Oh, oh, I transfer identical to Fred Astaire”. The remainder of the refrain stayed the identical because the Blue Album model.

Vital reception

Buddy Holly in 1957
Mary Tyler Moore in 2000
The music was launched on what would have been its namesake’s (left) 58th birthday. The music additionally references American actress Mary Tyler Moore (proper).

Music & Media wrote, “Made loud to play loud and sing alongside, it is the perfect energy pop to cruise spherical this summer season. That foolish twin synth/guitar, betrays producer Ocasek, the one-time driver of New York’s Vehicles.”[10] Music Week gave the music 4 out of 5, including, “A brief and candy taster from the album which can not have the identical quirky attraction of Undone (The Sweater Track), however has a pretty hook and a video to arouse curiosity.”[11]

Music video

The music video takes place at Arnold’s Drive-in on Glad Days (pictured in a 1975 episode).

In accordance with Matt Sharp, Spike Jonze got here up with three concepts for the music video for “Buddy Holly”. Sharp acknowledged that two of the concepts “weren’t nice”. When Jonze pitched the concept that got here to be the music’s video, Sharp informed Jonze “I do not assume you can pull it off”, however the band agreed to do it.[12] The video was filmed at Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood over a single day and portrays Weezer acting at Arnold’s Drive-In from the Nineteen Seventies tv present Glad Days, combining footage of the band with clips from the present. Glad Days forged member Al Molinaro made a cameo; he introduces the band by saying, “Kenosha, Wisconsin’s personal Weezer”; in actual fact it is Molinaro himself who was from Kenosha, whereas Weezer is from Los Angeles.[13]

Glad Days forged member Al Molinaro reprises his function as Al Delvecchio within the video. Different forged members make cameos all through the video.

Within the climax, the video’s stylist Casey Storm physique doubled, and this allowed Fonzie to bounce to the band’s efficiency. The video additionally options temporary cameos by some members of the band as dancers at Arnold’s. Anson Williams, who performed Potsie on Glad Days, objected to footage of him showing within the video, however relented after receiving a letter from David Geffen, founding father of Geffen Information.[9] In accordance with drummer Pat Wilson, the video was achieved with out laptop graphics, solely “intelligent” camerawork and enhancing.[14] Sharp acknowledged that the video was “fairly fucking wacky”.[12]

The video was met with nice recognition, and heavy rotation on MTV.[15] On the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, it received Greatest Various Video, Breakthrough Video, Greatest Path and Greatest Modifying, and was nominated for Video of the Yr.[16]

The “Buddy Holly” video was included on the Home windows 95 CD-ROM, leading to a skyrocket in recognition and incomes Weezer a spot within the historical past of MTV Music Video Awards.[17][18] Geffen didn’t inform Weezer that they had negotiated with Microsoft to incorporate the video; the band members, none of whom owned computer systems, had been oblivious to the implications.[14] In accordance with Wilson, “I used to be livid as a result of on the time I used to be like, ‘How are they allowed to do that with out permission?’ Seems it was one of many biggest issues that would have occurred to us. Are you able to think about that taking place at the moment? It is like, there’s one video on YouTube, and it is your video.”[14][19]

The video additionally seems within the music exhibit within the Museum of Trendy Artwork. The music video was featured in Season 5, Episode 30 of MTV’s Beavis and Butthead entitled “Right here Comes the Bride’s Butt” on June 9, 1995.

Observe listings

7″: Geffen Information / GFS 88 (UK)

Aspect one

  1. Buddy Holly (LP Model)” – 2:40

Aspect two

  1. “Jamie (Geffen Rarities LP Model) ” – 4:18

Cassette single: Geffen Information / GFSC 88 (UK)

Aspect one

  1. Buddy Holly (LP Model)” – 2:40
  2. “Jamie (Geffen Rarities LP Model) ” – 4:18

Aspect two

  1. Buddy Holly (LP Model)” – 2:40
  2. “Jamie (Geffen Rarities LP Model) ” – 4:18

CD: Geffen Information / GFSTD 88 (UK)

  1. Buddy Holly (LP Model)” – 2:40
  2. “My Title Is Jonas” (Dwell Model) – 3:40
  3. “Surf Wax America” (Dwell Model) – 4:09
  4. “Jamie (Geffen Rarities LP Model)” – 4:18

CD: Geffen Information / GED 21978 (Europe)

  1. Buddy Holly (LP Model)” – 2:40
  2. “My Title Is Jonas” (Dwell Model) – 3:40
  3. “Surf Wax America” (Dwell Model) – 4:09

CD: Geffen Information / GED 22052 (Netherlands)

  1. Buddy Holly (LP Model)” – 2:40
  2. “Surf Wax America” (Dwell Model) – 4:09

CD: Geffen Information / GEFDS 21968 (Australia)

  1. Buddy Holly (LP Model)” – 2:40
  2. “Vacation” – 3:26

CD Promo: Geffen Information / PRO CD 4687 (US)

  1. Buddy Holly” – 2:40
  • Dwell tracks recorded at Horizontal Boogie Bar, Rochester, New York on November 27, 1994.


  • Rivers Cuomo – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, lead vocals, keyboards
  • Brian Bell – backing vocals
  • Matt Sharp – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Patrick Wilson – drums

Charts and certifications

In standard tradition

In 2015, the music was featured as an impromptu a cappella household sing alongside in an advert for the Honda Pilot.[40] The music was featured on the present Parks and Recreation in the course of the Season 6 episode “Promenade”.

In 2016, the music was coated by Canadian nerd rock trio Double Expertise with an accompanying video[41]

In 2017, the music was chosen by Finn Wolfhard on the present Lip Sync Battle in the course of the Stranger Issues episode.[42]

  • Weezer’s Web site
  • Buddy Holly” Official music video on YouTube

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