Weezer's Rivers Cuomo hooked up with Scott Murphy, frontman for pop-punk band Allister, for this Japanese-language album. The year-old Weezer frontman talks to Ian Cohen about the music of his life: learning how to be a man from Cat Stevens and Kiss, being relieved that Kurt Cobain probably never heard his band, discovering Eminem at age 35, and much more. February 9 We talk well, e-mail with Rivers Cuomo about Alone , his recent demo collection, how these detours influence the direction of his band, and the past, present, and future of Weezer. January 28
Scott & Rivers
Rivers Cuomo born June 13 , is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is the lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Weezer. He has also released works under his own name, and has contributed to numerous songs by other artists. His mother claims he was named "Rivers" because she first heard the sound of a river outside her hospital window after Rivers' birth. His father claims that he was named after three players from the Soccer World Cup of Rivelino, Riva, Rivera; all three of which played one another one week after June Rivers was, according to his brother, Leaves , almost named "Apple"--most likely because he was born in New York City. There, Rivers' father farmed cows until he left the family in Afterward, he was mostly absent from Rivers' youth. Rivers and Leaves followed their mother, Beverly, to Yogaville where Rivers remained for the rest of his childhood. There, Rivers was known as "Rama.
Cuomo, who wore a CS50 T-shirt, jeans and a pair of beat-up slippers, pulled out his phone and tilted it my way; punk oldies by Public Image Ltd. On March 1 it will drop yet another self-titled set, this one known as the Black Album. And if the result seems at odds with the sensitive nerd from the Blue Album? One reason Cuomo is willing to pursue these impulses is because each Weezer record feels like less of a big deal than it used to. Cuomo shares his house with his wife, Kyoko whom he married in , and his two children, and on a table were a trumpet and several music instruction books he said belonged to his daughter. It had to be exactly right — to represent Weezer exactly as they should be represented. I remember feeling aftershocks in wind ensemble.
Rivers Cuomo discusses his past romantic failures, his present marital bliss and how psychoanalysis informs Weezer's music. Thereafter, for the past two decades, the band has alternately hoped against hope to recapture that early magic and not given a hoot, all depending on the vagaries of the man in charge. He dropped a small steel ball into the maze and used knobs to rotate the surface so that the ball traveled the course, trying not to let the ball drop into any of the 60 holes. The game, called Labyrinth, was a Christmas gift for his daughter. His record is 43 holes before failure. And so here he is at the boardwalk among pretty blondes on bikes and handsomely tanned panhandlers. Musically, it looks back to early-Weezer power pop, largely thanks to producer Jake Sinclair, who wanted to bring those days back. But for lyrics, Cuomo had to find inspiration elsewhere. After the initial success of the Blue Album, he enrolled at Harvard, where he hobbled around on crutches after getting an operation to correct a birth defect that involved legs mismatched in length by nearly two inches.