The Ultimate Weezer Quiz

Estimated Completion Time
2 min
The Ultimate Weezer Quiz
Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

About This Quiz

You don't have to be a geek to love Weezer, but that does seem to be a big chunk of the band's fan base. It doesn't hurt that enigmatic frontman Rivers Cuomo looks (and acts, and sings, and writes) the part so perfectly, right down to his hard-won Harvard degree. From "The Sweater Song" to "Pork and Beans," how much do you know about Weezer?
When and where was Weezer founded?
1988, Columbus, Ohio
1992, Los Angeles
1993, Portland, Ore.
1989, Chicago
1990, Los Angeles
1991, Columbus, Ohio
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Weezer came into being on January 14, 1992, in Los Angeles.

Who were the founding members of the band?
Rivers Cuomo, Owen Charles, Mike Larson and Justin Nicholas
Rivers Cuomo, Jason Cropper, Matt Sharp and Patrick Wilson
Rivers Cuomo, Phil Wilcox, Nick Garcia and Josh Stewart
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Cuomo (vocals), Cropper (guitar), Sharp (bass) and Wilson (drums)

Which original band member left the group during the recording of the group's first album?
Rivers Cuomo
Jason Cropper
Matt Sharp
Pat Wilson
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Jason Cropper left the band while the group was recording its first album. He was replaced by Brain Bell of "Carnival Art."


Who are the two remaining founding members?
Rivers Cuomo and Patrick Wilson
Rivers Cuomo and Matt Sharp
Rivers Cuomo and Jason Cropper
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

After quite a few lineup changes, Cuomo and Wilson are the last ones standing.

How did Weezer get its name?
That was the name of Rivers Cuomo's beloved dog, who had died just as the band got started.
It's Rivers Cuomo's childhood nickname.
The band loved to watch
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Cuomo was called "Weezer" as a kid -- although apparently not because he suffered from asthma, as legend has it.

Weezer's first gig was opening for Dogstar, this movie star's band.
Robert Downey Jr.
Keanu Reeves
Kevin Costner
Jeff Bridges
Mel Gibson
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Just five weeks after the band formed, Weezer opened for Keanu Reeves and Dogstar at Raji's Bar and Ribshack in Los Angeles.


Weezer has released three self-titled albums that are nicknamed by the color of the album cover. In order of release, what are they?
blue, green, yellow
yellow, black, red
green, orange, blue
blue, green, red
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Weezer's debut (1994) is known as "The Blue Album." Their third album (2001) is "The Green Album," and 2008's release is "The Red Album."

Which frontman of a major '80s band has produced two Weezer albums?
Joe Elliott
Simon LeBon
Ric Ocasek
Peter Cetera
Daryl Hall
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Ric Ocasek of the Cars was the producer of the Blue Album and the Green Album.

What was Weezer's first single?
Undone -- The Sweater Song
Buddy Holly
Say it Ain't So
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"If you want to destroy my sweater..." was the first single released from Weezer's debut album, followed by "Buddy Holly" and "Say it Ain't So."


What's Weezer's best-selling album?
the Blue Album
the Green Album
Make Believe
the Red Album
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The first is still the best. Weezer's debut Blue Album is their top seller to date.

Finish this lyric: "Woo-ee-oo, I look just like Buddy Holly. Oh oh, and you're _________."
Samantha Stevens
Mary Tyler Moore
Rue McClanahan
Weezie Jefferson
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"Oh oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore. I don't care what they say about us anyway. I don't care about that."

The director of the "Buddy Holly" video went on to direct what feature film in 2009?
Where the Wild Things Are
The Hangover
Up in the Air
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Sherlock Holmes
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Early Weezer collaborator Spike Jonze (who also directed the video for "Undone -- The Sweater Song) gained movie fame with "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation" before directing "Where the Wild Things Are."


The "Buddy Holly" video had Weezer "performing" on the set of what beloved TV show?
I Love Lucy
Eight is Enough
I Dream of Jeannie
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Golden Girls
Leave it to Beaver
Happy Days
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Jonze used clips from "Happy Days" to make it look like Weezer was playing at Arnold's Drive-in Diner.

Has Weezer ever had a No. 1 hit?
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Yes, Weezer has had one No. 1 song. And that song was ...

What was that No. 1 song?
Say it Ain't So
Beverly Hills
Buddy Holly
Island in the Sun
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Weezer scored their first and only No. 1 hit with "Beverly Hills" in 2005.


Rivers Cuomo grew up on an ashram in Connecticut that had this nickname.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Cuomo and his family lived in "Yogaville," an ashram run by Sri Swami Satchidananda in Pomfret, Conn.

When did Rivers Cuomo finally graduate from Harvard?
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Cuomo enrolled in Harvard in 1995. He was 35 when he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2006.

If you were at a Weezer show in 2005 and got pulled onstage to play "Undone -- the Sweater Song," you might have left with this souvenir.
a teddy bear
a T-shirt
a sweater
a guitar
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

On the Foozer tour in 2005, the band would invite a fan onstage to play "Undone" and then give him or her the acoustic guitar.


The video for which Weezer song features reenactments of notorious YouTube videos?
Everybody Get Dangerous
Heart Songs
Pork and Beans
Island in the Sun
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The "Pork and Beans" video -- featuring the "Numa Numa" guy, the "Leave Britney Alone" guy and the "Chocolate Rain" guy, among others -- won the Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video in 2008.

Why did Weezer have to postpone their tour in 2009?
Rivers Cuomo's father died.
The tour bus crashed.
All four band members got swine flu.
Patrick Wilson broke his leg.
They ran out of money.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Weezer's tour bus crashed in upstate New York in December 2009, and Cuomo was injured.

You Got:
Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images