What better way to make a music video vintage than to integrate it with a 1950’s themed TV show.
When Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo came up with the song “Buddy Holly,” he was hesitant to include it in the band’s debut album. It’s a good thing record execs were able to convince him to release the single. Buddy Holly was released on what would have been its namesake’s 58th birthday. It was a huge success, certified Gold in 2006 and ranking as high as number two on the U.S. Billboard charts.
What better way to visualize a single named after a ‘50s rock ‘n roll icon than to mix it with old footage from a 50’s themed TV show? The music video, directed by Spike Jonze, shows Weezer performing at Arnold’s Drive-in diner from the popular TV series Happy Days. Cast member AL Molinario made a cameo appearance and even introduced the band prior to the performance.
The video combined original clips from the series with new footage of Weezer performing, of course in retro-styled garb with matching ties and sweaters. It became insanely popular and went on heavy rotation on MTV. The Buddy Holly music video even bagged four awards at the _1995 MTV Video Music Awards, _ including Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Video.
Without further ado, here it is. Enjoy!
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