Question: Did Weezer perform "Buddy Holly" on a Happy Days episode? It was in Arnold's restaurant and they were dressed in '50's attire. Fonzie did a cossack-style dance solo, etc. I am trying to get this performance on video, but need help in locating a copy or source. Thank you. Randy C., Kingman, Ariz.
Televisionary: As kids, the members of Weezer may well have watched the Happy Days episodes that were intercut with footage of the band playing "Buddy Holly," Randy, but they were definitely too young to have actually performed on the show. (The birth years for Rivers Cuomo and crew range from 1965-70; the show was on the air from 1974-84). In fact, when that video was released in 1995, the band was only in existence for three years or so.
The video, directed by Spike Jonze, was shot on the original Arnold's set and former Happy Days cast member Al Molinaro, who played Arnold's owner Al Delvecchio, made a cameo. But all the show footage was taken from the "They Call It Potsie Love" episode, as well as a number of other installments. Obviously Spike and company did a good job; they not only collected a few MTV Video Music Awards that year, they also fooled you.
As for buying the video, I don't believe it's available for purchase anywhere. But you can download it in the audio/video section of Weezer's official site, Weezer.com.