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Ben Hogan

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Ben Hogan
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Background information
Born June 21, 1985 (age 38)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Occupation(s) Pedicabber
Associated acts

Ben Hogan is a member of and founder of Ben Hogan's Weezer Pain Palace.

Early life and education

Ben Hogan was introduced to the song "Buddy Holly" at a football game at the age of 14. He has been quoted as saying "I’ll never forget how infectious the melody was. I remember being outside the game ruining singing 'eww ee eww I like just like Buddy Holly.'" From there, Hogan bought a copy of The Blue Album and fell in love with Weezer.

In college, Hogan had fallen out of interest in Weezer. Ben then goes through a major breakup, causing him to listen to Pinkerton for the first time, restoring his interest in the band. He soon became known as "that Weezer guy" around his college campus. Near the end of his college years, the Weezer forum was created. While not as Weezer obsessed as he was in his youth, Ben is still a fan and always will be.

Musical endeavors

Hogan also appears as a vocalist in songs by A6 Transcontinental Supergroup, a group of All Things Weezer members who decided to turn some of their recorded conversations into songs. In 2008, Ben contributed two covers to sings Weezer Vol. 2, "Blast Off!" and "Dude, We're Finally Landing".

Interactions with Weezer

In 2006, Hogan participated in Rivers Cuomo Fan Interview 2006, asking Cuomo if the lyrics of Island in the Sun had any relation to the 1906 novel "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair, to which Cuomo replied, "Nope."[1]

Ben would interact with Cuomo again during the Alone II hootenanny. While Cuomo contemplated whether he would perform "Jamie" or the then-unreleased track "Getting Up and Leaving", Hogan shouted:


Cuomo received a partial lyrics sheet from the crowd and sang the song without any backing instrumentals. This performance, alongside Hogan's interjection, was featured on the DVD Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints.

Interactions with Karl Koch

Hogan has gone on record saying that he had met Karl and Patrick Wilson a year after Rivers' fan interview. Recalling that Karl visibly winced when he introduced himself as Ben Hogan. It has been speculated that since this incident, Karl has attempted to persuade the band not to tour in Texas because of Ben Hogan's residence there.

In conversation with a fan, Karl mentioned that AllThingsWeezer had gotten a lot better and wasn't as much of a problem as it used to be, "except for Ben Hogan."

In 2020, Hogan invented the fictitious Van Weezer song, "Kiss Me in Seattle." The producer of the album, Suzy Shinn, had recorded a clip featuring an unknown song and posted it to her story on Instagram. This clip then spread across the Weezer online community, with some speculating that it was a clip of "Kiss Me in Seattle." The song was then officially acknowledged by Karl Koch, who debunked its existence on the Weezer Fan Club Facebook group.

See also


  1. 2006. Rivers Cuomo Fan Interview 2006. Adapted from
  2. Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live at Fingerprints. DGC, 2009.