I don't know about you, but there was a moment in my suburban New Jersey high school in which Weezer was everything. The group's approachable music — about pulled sweaters, crushes, and surfing — spoke to me. And, so did frontman Rivers Cuomo's choice to skip the denim-and-leather rocker uniform in favor of the thick-frame glasses, khakis, button-downs, and hoodies that I was wearing, too.
Weezer's self-titled LP debuted way back in 1994. But, the hit that practically put the band on the map — and ensured it had major staying power — was "Buddy Holly." Yeah, that single came out 20 years ago. Crazy. Maybe I didn't know exactly who Buddy Holly was at first, but when I got schooled on the electric-guitar pioneer, it became clear that he was as influential to Weezer's style as the band had been to mine.