As you may know from recent episodes of Lunchbox or glowing album reviews, I’m a big fan of Weezer. Even though they may have shed their college-rock charm years ago, I still can’t help to not obsess about them. I almost feel obliged to apologize, but I won’t give you the satisfaction.
On their most recent album, and for the fourth time in the history of the band, Weezer appears on their album cover. Because I’m a fan (did I mention that?) I tried to look at all four album covers more closely to see if there was some type of Di Vinci code contained within. After about five minutes I came to the decision that there wasn’t. Because Weezer almost didn’t use the image they did for the Red Album, I assume each cover is just a random shot, with no pattern, no reason, no rhyme.
Still–that doesn’t mean I can’t throw a good old-fashioned brain buster your way. In the same way a sudoku puzzle heats up your brain, I want to warm your noggin up with a little Weezer Album Cover Memory Test.
If you want to play along, here are the rules:
Study the four album covers for exactly four minutes. Once you are done, scroll down the blog so you can’t see the image at all (make sure you don’t cheat). Finally, see how many questions you can answer correctly.
Using the Blue Album as a reference tool, questions about band members will always be from left-to-right in a 1-2-3-4 sequence (i.e., left to right (1) Pat Wilson, (2) Rivers Cuomo, (3) Matt Sharp, (4.) Brian Bell)
Ready to play? Let’s go:
1.) Going from left to right, in what two album covers are Pat Wilson, Rivers Cuomo, and Brian Bell in the same position (hint: Weezer’s bassists are also in the same position)?
2.) Out of the four album covers, how many hats are worn by band members?
3.) On Weezer’s Blue Album and Make Believe album covers, Matt Sharp and Pat Wilson are standing in the same position. What are they doing?
4.) On all four album covers–not including sunglasses–how many pairs of black-rimmed eyeglasses are being worn by band members?
5.) There’s only one album cover where Rivers Cuomo is not standing in the second-from-the-left position (the #2 slot). Which one is it?
6.) How many total instruments are pictured in the four album covers?
7.) Looking at each album cover respectively, how many covers feature band members with facial hair (stubble does not count)?
8.) What is the only album cover to have the “weezer” moniker in a black font?
9.) Looking at the four album covers (left to right), has any member of Weezer occupied all four positions?
10.) On what album cover is Rivers Cuomo crossing his arms?
Bonus (worth 5 points): Currently, where is the retro blue shirt that Brian Bell is wearing on the cover of Weezer’s Blue Album?
1.) Blue Album & Make Believe
3.) Holding their hands (at waist level)
5.) Red Album
7.) 1, Red Album
8.) Blue Album
9.) No, although Pat Wilson and Brian Bell are only one position away from accomplishing this feat.
10.) Make Believe
Bonus: In the garbage. After pulling it out of his closet a few years back, Bell noticed the shirt was considerably damaged by some hungry moths. Instead of saving the remnants of the shirt, Bell decided to just throw it away.