Weezer (commonly known as the Blue Album) is the debut studio album by American rock band Weezer, released on May 10, 1994 by DGC Records. It was produced by Ric Ocasek. Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, Weezer initially struggled to reach an audience more interested in grunge. In November they recorded a demo, The Kitchen Tape, which caught the attention of DGC owner Geffen Records. Pressured to choose a producer rather than produce himself, Weezer chose Ocasek for his work with the Cars. The bulk of the album was recorded between August and September 1993 at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The band treated the guitars and bass as one 10-string instrument playing in unison. Guitarist Jason Cropper was fired during the recording because the band felt he was threatening their chemistry; He was replaced by Brian Bell. Weezer was supported by the singles “Undone - The Sweater Song”, “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So”, whose music videos became MTV hits. It peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified triple platinum in 1995. It received critical acclaim, and in 2020, Rolling Stone ranked it number 294 on its updated list of Everyone’s 500 Greatest Albums. times. .