In 1994, heavy metal and hard rock were on the way out and grunge ruled supreme. But that mattered not to a young, quick-witted songwriter named Rivers Cuomo. Raised on KISS, Iron Maiden and the rest, Cuomo and his band Weezer brought forth an amalgamation of rock that embraced the angst of grunge with the chops of metal — all framed by the disposition and perspective of a loner. Weezer’s self-titled debut (aka “The Blue Album”) set the music world on fire with radio and MTV hits “Buddy Holly,” “Say It Ain’t So” and “Undone – The Sweater Song.” But beyond the veneer of those hits was an album that spoke to the rockers and the geeks alike. And it proved — like Weezer — that they two can live in harmony.

You can listen to Weezer’s Blue Album on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube, and Amazon, although it’s probably best on vinyl.