The kid who plays Mike Wheeler was born on December 23, 2002, a few months after Weezer released what is arguably their last good album, Maladroit. For all of Wolfhard's conscious life, Weezer has been a band that was great in the '90s and early '00s but then experienced a steep decline.
But early Weezer's music and music videos are so good that kids Wolfhard's age are still finding and enjoying them. Their first hit, 1994's "Buddy Holly," is a power pop classic, and its Spike Jonze-directed video, where the band is inserted into an old episode of Happy Days, is an iconic bit of '90s culture. And besides, Stranger Things is a built on nostalgia for the '80s the same way "Buddy Holly" (and Happy Days) was built on nostalgia for the '50s. Weezer even has a song about Dungeons & Dragons, a big part of the Stranger Things mythos. Old Weezer and Stranger Things are kindred spirits, it turns out.
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