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Weezer's 'Pinkerton' Officially Goes Platinum 20 Years Later

09/23/2016
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(Radio.com) Just days before its 20th anniversary, Weezer fan favorite Pinkerton has officially gone platinum, proof that sometimes slow and steady does win the race.

Weezer's second studio album, Pinkerton took Rivers Cuomo and company in a darker direction than the band's commercially successful 1994 self-titled debut.

Pinkerton was less radio-friendly and explored heavier themes, including identity and sexual frustration, which failed to wow critics and was a commercial disappointment.

Though it seemed like a low point for the band commercially, the album resonated with fans and influenced two generations of self-deprecating alternative and indie-rock bands.

Despite the adoration of Weezer devotees, frontman Rivers Cuomo badmouthed his band's second release: "It's a hideous record," he said in 2001. "It was such a hugely painful mistake that happened in front of hundreds of thousands of people and continues to happen on a grander and grander scale and just won't go away." Read more here.

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