Buddy Holly by The Weezer, Not a Love Song But a Platonic Relationship

- 19 June 2022 14:56 WIB
Buddy Holly by The Weezer. (Photo/screenshot /The Weezer Youtube Channel @Weezer)
Buddy Holly by The Weezer. (Photo/screenshot /The Weezer Youtube Channel @Weezer)

JAKARTADAILY.ID –  Buddy Holly was released on what would have been the birthday of the late American musician and songwriter, Buddy Holly, and was used to commemorate his outstanding contribution to music.

The song was the second single of the band’s debut album, “Weezer (Blue Album)” in 1994. And currently the music video has over 62 million views on Youtube.

This Weezer classic were written by Rivers Cuomo who also doubled as the lead singer of the band. The late American record producer, songwriter and singer Ric Ocasek handled the production of “Buddy Holly”.

The actual storyline is based on the platonic relationship between the singer and the addressee. One distinct characteristic about their friendship is that they are facing some sort of “violent” opposition, via “homies” who ‘dis his girl’.

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That is she appears to be a victim of harassment by some dudes, even right in the presence of the narrator. And apparently, one of the foundations of their taunts is picking on their relationship.

The singer is indeed committed to their friendship and even protecting her. And to illustrate this point, he states that he’s “just like Buddy Holly”, and she’s “Mary Tyler Moore”.

Quoted from songfacts.com, according to the book Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story, Cuomo didn't think this song fit on the album and was tempted to leave it off. It was the album's producer, Ric Ocasek, who convinced him to include it. Cuomo is glad they left it on, as it became one of his favorite songs to perform.

This was Weezer's second single, following "Undone - The Sweater Song." It got a lot of play on Top 40 radio and reached #2 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, but in a bid to boost album sales, the song wasn't sold as a single in America, which made it ineligible for the Hot 100 (it reached #18 on the Airplay chart).

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When downloading became legal and practical, this song proved very popular, and in 2006 it became Weezer's second Gold single (following "Beverly Hills")

Spike Jonze directed the video. Vintage Happy Days footage was intercut with shots of Weezer performing on the original Arnold's Drive-In set.

Al Molinaro, who played the diner's owner on the series, made a cameo appearance in the video. One of the most popular clips of 1995, it scored four MTV Video Music Awards, including Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Music Video, and two Billboard Music Video Awards, among them Alternative/Modern Rock Clip of the Year.

Buddy Holly MV concept is '90s video referencing a '70s TV series set in the '50s.


Editor: Muhamad Al Azhari


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