Weezer’s Blue Album, visualized

Get ready to feel old: Weezer’s Blue Album — the album of “My Name Is Jonas” and “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So” and “The Sweater Song” and a few more of your favorite Weezer tunes — is turning 22 at the end of this month. It’s the same age as Justin Bieber and Dakota Fanning. It’s already been drinking legally for a year and vote for three. It’s just three years away from being able to rent a car without paying a premium!

The Blue Album (technically called simply Weezer) was one of the first CDs I bought, back when I was just discovering music beyond whatever was on the radio as one parent or another drove me around, when buying CDs meant standing in the music aisles at Barnes and Noble and agonizing over which $16.99 purchase would give me the most happiness for my accumulated allowance’s worth.

The Blue Album is now a bona fide classic (as any amateur karaoke night will ascertain), so in honor of its birthday, here’s a word cloud of all the lyrics from its ten tracks. (Click on it to see a larger version.)

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Other fun facts: The whole album (according to A-Z Lyrics’ record of the lyrics) is just 2,221 words long. “The Sweater Song” only contains the word “sweater” three times. There are 13 individual names mentioned (plus the band Kiss): Jonas, Wepeel, Buddy Holly, Mary Tyler Moore, Jimmy, Daddy, Jesus, Steven, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Ace Frehey, Peter Criss, and Kerouac. And I was a little bored at work today.

Thanks for the memories, Weezer!

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