Weezer (also known as the Green Album) is the third studio album by American rock band Weezer, released on May 15, 2001 by Geffen Records. Produced by Ric Ocasek, it was the only album to feature bassist Mikey Welsh, who replaced Matt Sharp.
After the disappointing reception for their second album, Pinkerton (1996), Weezer went on hiatus and the band members worked on side projects. During this time, their fanbase grew online and Pinkerton’s standing improved. After a comeback performance at the Japanese Summer Sonic Festival, Weezer began rehearsing and recording new material. Following the ambitious compositions and confessional themes of Pinkerton, songwriter Rivers Cuomo wrote simpler songs with less personal lyrics.
Weezer received generally favorable reviews. It debuted at number four in the United States, where it has since sold over 1.6 million copies. Three singles were released from the album: “Hash Pipe”, “Island in the Sun”, and “Photograph”. “Hash Pipe” was a worldwide hit, charting on seven different charts.
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