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In the early 1990s, singer Rivers Cuomo had an awkward girlfriend who was routinely picked on. His efforts to stick up for her inspired Weezer’s breakthrough, Buddy Holly (August 1994) – a track whose bubble-grunge hooks and lines such as “I look just like Buddy Holly/And you’re Mary Tyler Moore” helped the band reach a nation of pop-minded suburban punks.

It also earned them personalised, autographed photos from the real Mary Tyler Moore.

Rivers Cuomo
Vocals
Brian Bell

Guitar, vocals
Matt Sharp

Bass, vocals
Patrick Wilson

Drums