Some bands view videos as necessary evils while others see them as a chance to not only enhance their songs but to craft a new work of art that can stand on its own. Few bands have done more to develop the art of the video than California alternative act Weezer. Here are some of our favorite videos from Rivers Cuomo and company, proving that the band’s videos are just as iconic as their tunes.

“Undone – The Sweater Song”

For the first single off Weezer’s debut disc, the band enlisted a director named Spike Jonze years before he would go on to direct critically acclaimed films like Adaptation. and Three Kings. While “Undone – The Sweater Song” doesn’t contain any special effects or fancy editing, the lo-fi loose feel of the band performing together on a sound stage perfectly complements the goofy power-pop song and was most viewers’ first introduction to one of the decade’s most respected rock acts. 

“Buddy Holly”

Weezer’s second collaboration with Spike Jonze scored four moon men at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards and with good reason. The video has the band performing at Arnold’s Drive-In from the ’70s TV program Happy Days, merging stock footage with the band’s real performance. “Buddy Holly” works so well because the retro-pop feel of the song jives perfectly with Happy Days’ innocence and youthful exuberance. Oh, and the band also gets a collective hi-five for scoring a cameo from cast member Al Molinaro.

“Say It Ain’t So”
For the follow-up to “Buddy Holly,” the band decided to reinvent their video process and go the complete opposite direction. More stripped-down than both of their previous videos, “Say It Ain’t So” sees the band performing the song in what appears to be the living room of a house. While that in and of itself doesn’t sound all that impressive, the passion and honesty the band performs with — interspersed with a pretty intense outdoor game of hacky sack — gives you the feeling that Weezer could be any other garage rock act practicing their music after school. It also doesn’t hurt that the song’s cathartic chorus features one of the most memorable hooks of the group’s career.

“Hash Pipe”

Weezer are awesome. Sumo wresters are awesome. But put them together and you get something larger than the sum of its parts … literally. “Hash Pipe,” the video for the first single off the band’s hotly awaited third album, not only proves that Weezer haven’t gotten stale in the 21st century but also illustrates how the band can take a relatively simple concept and turn it into something completely captivating. “Hash Pipe” might not be as groundbreaking as “Buddy Holly” or iconic as “Undone ? The Sweater Song,” but the video kicked off a new chapter for the band and showed that they still had a knack for video gold.

“Island In The Sun”

Although there are technically two different versions of the video for “Island In The Sun,” most of us are familiar with the Spike Jonze version, which features the band ? sans bassist Mikey Welsh ? frolicking on a hillside with wild animals. Jonze’s expansive cinematography makes the footage appear larger than life and the members’ interactions with their furry friends is a reminder of the goofy band we fell in love with in the first place. Extra points go to drummer Pat Wilson for totally getting into the concept and kissing a monkey on the mouth. Now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hyoszso38E

Weezer “Pork And Beans”

Weezer certainly aren’t the first band to parody viral Internet videos, but by enlisting actual YouTube stars in their video for “Pork And Beans” they made the definitive video on the subject — and managed to rejuvenate their career and introduce their band to a new generation of listeners in the process. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muP9eH2p2PI