Weezer are predominately known for their hit songs, such as the clap along classic “Beverly Hills”, and “Buddy Holly”.
“In The Garage” is from the 1994 album called Weezer, but known as the Blue Album. It’s gritty and grungy, but also quite poppy. It’s like a hybrid of Nirvana and Blink 182!
The album helped the band to break through. It says something about how the music industry works that the band had played songs that would become their biggest hits and promoters would shrug.
The song is about a reclusive guy who feels comfortable in his garage playing Dungeons & Dragons, and is sung quite weakly in the verses, which fits the vibe very well. It’s an outsiders song, and very self depreciating. Even the biggest misfits deserve not to be judged.
The guitar is low and distorted, complementing the lonesome feel of the harmonica intro. The drums are steady and provide a solid foundation for the rest of the song. In short, it’s classic 90s pop-rock.
I forgot just how awesome Weezer are!