weezerToday in Weezer History: 12/14/1993 - Cover photo for the Blue Album is shot. Today in 1993, Weezer met up in Bel Air, CA home/photography studio of
the great Peter Gowland (1916-2010), who made his name shooting iconic colorful imagery of people in the 50's and 60's. He was selected to be the
photographer (over more contemporary big names like Michael Lavine) because
of the intention to ape the amazing look of the 60's photo of the Beach Boys in their striped shirts used on a budget line cassette that Rivers had. The
band had in fact bought matching striped shirts and were wearing them at some of their recent "Self Punishment Tour" shows, but in the end they decided to stick with "regular clothes" - a little bit nerd, a little bit preppie, a little bit sloppy. Basically what they usually wore anyway.
Peter Gowland's house was an amazing and huge midcentury modern home that
basically looked like the gleaming houses in Peter's 50's photos. Peter had set up a HUGE blue background that the guys stood in front of (having requested the same blue look at the Beach Boys cassette), and 10 or so rolls
of film later they had their shot. Then it was on to 2 other setups. First the setup that produced the photo later known by fans as "the gay Christian society photo", then another setup at a guest house nearby in front of the 50's vintage fireplace. That shot was used on the rear of the "Say It Ain't
So" single. (Cont'd...)
- weezer...Early that morning, before coming down, Pat decided to go from short hair to zero hair for the cover shot. This was initially met with worry from the other guys, that the band wouldn't appear as "normal and wholesome", but in the end, it made no difference. Photoshop was used later to smooth out the shadows the guys cast on the blue background, but on the "full legs" version of the cover used in japan, the shadows around their feet are still visible, giving a glimpse of the space
they were in. The lower right shot is a previously never seen outtake from the session, showing the bottom edge of the blue background. This shows that
when the 'full legs' cover was made, additional blue was photoshopped in around their feet, while carefully allowing the shadows (which were actually on the concrete floor) to show. Peter and his wife had a live in assistant who looked and acted exactly like "Alice" from the Brady Bunch. She offered the guys "a big glass of milk!", to which Brian said he doesn't drink milk. To which she replied, "Oh, pookie pookie!!" She was a rather weird person to be in the same room with for 5 hours.
- aligator.93I love you guys 😍
- klowvahThis is my favorite weezer post to date. :)
- hasiefardiasyahIs the bit where the Geffen art guy cut off the legs too short going to be in another installment?
- w_.llSo great
- bajabrockGreatest day in Weezer history
- frizbee9@weezer do you guys have the other outtakes from the photo shoot, or did Peter gowland have them all? Would love to see more of those - such an iconic album cover
- iieklaleanI love @weezer sooo much !!!
- nick_orioldDoes anyone know where I can get a high quality photo of the original Blue Album cover with the feet? I've been trying to find it for a long time now!!
- beebeeokoHahahaha pookie pookie. Amazing.
- cat_laightCant believe all of this was 20 years ago these recent posts are making me feel old! But I love them.
- tommy_ray_thomas@ditzykat @rainca
- brettevans5@spencermarion these pics
- wickedthornThe blue and the red albums are my fav!
- kmah88you should make all of these posts into a weezer coffee table book. i'd be all over that.
- lam_chop72The Blue Album and Pinkerton are my favorite albums of all time.
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