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Weezer Is Living the Good Life Finally; Pinkerton Goes Platinum 20 Years After Debut

Osheaga Music And Arts Festival 2015
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Weezer is celebrating Pinkerton eight days before its 20th anniversary for good reason: Their sophomore album has officially sold 1 million copies. “But how did it take so long? Everybody loves Pinkerton,” you are probably saying to yourself. Well, that’s because you weren’t loving the album back in 1996, or, if you were, you’re way cooler than everyone else. On the heels of Weezer’s self-titled debut (a.k.a The Blue Album), which went platinum in less than a year, the more melancholic themes in Pinkerton were not as appreciated by the fans awaiting another “Buddy Holly.” Still, as Stereogum points out, the album’s initial lack of success made it all the more ripe for a cult following, and that cult following is 1 million album sales strong. Which is a damn big cult. See Weezer’s Instagram post about the milestone, and relive your mid-’90s nostalgia, below.

Weezer’s Pinkerton Goes Platinum at 20