Phase 7 #018: Weezer Pinkerton

Phase 7 #018: Weezer Pinkerton

by Alec Longstreth

Alec Longstreth, aka Weezer Fan Club Member #2660, details his life's intersections with their second album, "Pinkerton." It gives him pause, provides his first concert-going experience, but also has tragedy when the pair who operates the Weezer Fan Club pass away in a tragic car crash. In fact all of the hardship in this issue seems to involve traffic or car accidents. Weezer is the joy and cars are the problem! But Alec's perspective is sweet and even the moments that are probably embarrassing in hindsight are told in a pained earnestness, right alongside his chasing down Rivers Cuomo to sign his guitar in 1997 and his lack of music knowledge otherwise. It's a powerful time capsule of events that I suspect we can all relate to, even if Weezer wasn't "your" band.