Matt Sharp is probably best known as Weezer's original bass guitarist, but has also issued albums as part of another project, the Rentals. Born on September 20, 1969, in Arlington, VA, Sharp helped form Weezer along with members Rivers Cuomo (vocals/guitar), Jason Cropper (guitar), and Pat Wilson (drums) in Los Angeles in early 1992. By mixing modern-day pop-punk sounds (Nirvana, the Pixies) along with classic new wave (the Cars, Cheap Trick), Weezer immediately built a local following and secured a record-label deal with Geffen. Although Brian Bell replaced Cropper on the eve of the debut's recording (which was being produced by ex-Cars leader Ric Ocasek), Weezer's self-titled debut was issued according to plan in the spring of 1994. It took a few months to catch on, but by the fall of the same year (due to such popular videos/singles as "Undone (The Sweater Song)" and "Buddy Holly"), the album became a certified hit. When the album's supporting tour wrapped up a year later, Sharp decided to launch a side project during his downtime, whose music would focus on such early-'80s synth-based new wavers as Gary Numan. Recruiting Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, that dog. violinist Petra Haden, vocalist/keyboardist Cherielynn Westrich, and guitarist Rod Cervera (with Sharp handling bass, synth, and vocal duties), the group recorded ten Sharp originals in a mere three days. The end result was Return of the Rentals, issued during the fall of 1995.