3. "El Scorcho"
Rivers Cuomo's freshman year at Harvard didn't go very well. He was forced to wear a steel brace on his leg to address a long-standing medical condition, and the women on campus weren't very interested in spending time with the weird older guy limping around campus. He poured his pain and loneliness into the songs on Pinkerton and many of the anecdotes are drawn from real life, down to asking to a girl to a Green Day concert and her responding she'd never heard of them. (What college girl in 1995 hadn't heard of Green Day?) The half-Japanese cello player has never stepped forward, but she clearly had a real impact on Cuomo. She resurfaces on "Falling for You."