Weezerpedia:Today's featured article/May 11, 2009
Jennifer Chiba was Rivers Cuomo's girlfriend during the period in 1992 and 1993 when Weezer was playing small clubs in Los Angeles while trying to make a name for themselves. They continued a sporadic relationship when Cuomo would come to LA while touring after the release of The Blue Album. The songs "I'll Think About You" and "Hot Tub," were written about her. Additionally, the character of Maria in Songs from the Black Hole was based on Chiba and the relationship between Jonas and Maria was based on Cuomo's thoughts and feelings about he and Chiba's relationship. Chiba was the girlfriend of Elliott Smith when he committed suicide in 2003. Cuomo wrote "The Other Way" in response to Smith's death.