Buddy Holly (2:41)

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“Buddy Holly” is a song by the rock group Weezer, written by Rivers Cuomo. It was released as the second single from the band’s debut album Weezer (The Blue Album) in 1994. The single was released on what would have been Buddy Holly’s 58th birthday, had he not been killed in a plane crash along with fellow rock pioneers Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper on February 3, 1959. The lyrics reference the song’s 1950s namesake and actress Mary Tyler Moore. It reached #2 and #34 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart and the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, respectively. It also reached #12 in the UK. Rolling Stone ranked “Buddy Holly” #497 in its 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The single was certified gold by the RIAA in 2006.

Song development
Rivers Cuomo has stated in one of his MySpace blogs from 2006 that he remembers questioning whether or not to include this song on The Blue Album. He almost kept it off the final track list, but encouragement from producer Ric Ocasek soon changed his mind. In the book ‘River’s Edge’, Ocasek is quoted as saying, “I remember at one point he was hesitant to do ‘Buddy Holly’ and I was like, ‘Rivers, we can talk about it. Do it anyway, and if you don’t like it when it’s done, we won’t use it. But I think you should try. You did write it and it is a great song.’” Cuomo said that he felt the song was “too cheesy” and didn’t know if the song represented the sound he was going for with the band’s music. Matt Sharp recalls:

…Ric said we’d be stupid to leave it off the album. We’d come into the studio in the morning and find little pieces of paper with doodles on them: WE WANT BUDDY HOLLY.


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  • kokorocloud

    Instantly makes me smile whenever I hear it, same now as it was the first time I heard it all those years ago.

    31 May 12:42pm Reply
  • TempD

    Windows 95! Hell yeah! [12]

    9 Mar 6:48pm Reply
  • TempD

    I remember watching this video off the windows 95 CD-Rom when i was a kid. [2]

    9 Mar 6:47pm Reply
  • dasoverkill

    and I thought this was a new song never heard them before I like it

    14 Feb 3:06am Reply
  • KicksclusiveJay

    I remember watching this video off the windows 95 CD-Rom when i was a kid.

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ravivann

    I remember watching the music video for this song on Muchmusic back in the 90s

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MarianaAB


    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • si13n7

    The moment on 1:39 really reminds me Crosseyed and Painless

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • miedoyficcion

    WUUUU WIIII UUUU I LOOK JUST LIKE BUDDY HOLLY, OH OH AND YOU'RE MARY TYLER MOORE Excelente cancion, aunque llegue a ella bastante tarde, pero igual ;)

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Windows 95! Hell yeah! [11]

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • muerto14


    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Alin_

    bitchin' ! xD

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Redsaxer

    I don't care about that!

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    One of the defining songs of the 90s fo' sho'.

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • bossmark1

    buddytastic (2.5)

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • Freki92

    Well, it came up with a video of a guy doing a trombone cover of it and I'm not complaining. That was awesome.

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • neodude991

    Windows 95! Hell yeah! [10]

    3 Mar 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song and a video

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • SirPaolo

    One of my fav songs ever! Bears some resemblance to Pixies' Velouria, which is a good thing

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Such an amazing song! One of the most catchiest songs off this record. Always such fun to listen to.

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
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