Thursday, May 31, 2012


The band in my title above apparently broke up this week.  Now, I would probably say on occasion that Ween happens to be my favorite band (other occasions I would say I have none), but to be perfectly honest... I'm not too broken up about it. This is for a number of reasons:

1) I'm kind of working under the assumption that they'll get back together, or that Aaron Freeman will come out as saying his words were taken out of context. Because it seems a little weird that Mickey Melchiondo (the other half of the band) was not included in the deliberations of this important band business and said that he knew nothing about it and was (apparently) on good terms with Freeman.  But even then, with Aaron Freeman newly sober--I'd assume he'd want to disassociate himself with things that probably encouraged his old habits for now.  And with them seemingly remaining good friends--perhaps he will eventually become comfortable with the idea of getting Ween back together.

2) Even if that potential reunion never occurs, I'd rather have two Weens working on separate projects than the two Weens working together while one is a complete wreck.

3) They had a good run nonetheless.  SpongeBob appearance or two, a prominent role in the SNL spinoff film "It's Pat"--and some damn good records to boot.

So right now I'm just going to go through all the studio releases and pick one song that either represents the album well--or, you know, is just the one I like the best.

GodWeenSatan: The Oneness (1990)-You Fucked Up

Some might consider this song to be extremely misogynistic.  Others might consider it to be a great deconstruction of the essence of half of classic rock radio.  I guess you could consider it both, too... but it kicks off the album in an extremely juvenile yet almost slightly genius manner. 

The Pod (1991)-Doctor Rock

Legend has it that this album was recorded under the influence of either Scotchgard or mononucleosis.  In any case, this song sounds like the rest of the album--murky, lethargic, demented.

Pure Guava (1992)-Push Th' Little Daisies

This marks their major label debut, to which they responded by making perhaps their weirdest album yet.  This happened to be the single... which means that to the general populous, the word "Ween" only brings to mind this song...

Chocolate & Cheese (1994)-What Deaner Was Talkin' About

Of course, after having proven their non-sellout status by providing a big f*** you to their new studio overlords in Pure Guava, they follow it up with their most polished and commercial effort yet.  It's their best yet, and proof that they're more than just a joke and can... you know, write good songs.

12 Golden Country Greats (1996)-Pretty Girl

I guess the assumption would be that the decision to make their next recording full of original country songs would be interpreted as just the band being weird again.  Funny thing is that the album is just as straightforward as can be, and tightly written and performed to boot.

The Mollusk (1997)-The Mollusk

Perhaps their high point, a nautical/progressive rock concept powers this one through lovely tunes like the one above, through drunk Irish sea shanties like The Blarney Stone, and through bombastic multi-part epics like Buckingham Green.

White Pepper (2000)-Exactly Where I'm At

Sort of a return to the sound of Chocolate & Cheese, except even more polished and perhaps even mature.  It does sound as if they were making a last grab for chart success, though... and so the typical weirdness gets cut down a bit.  But, still... pretty good, as represented by the track above.

Quebec (2003)-Happy Colored Marbles

This one, however recalls The Pod in that it seems to have been recorded in a dark state--except the ailment this time is depression, with clear references to drugs as a means to alleviate the pain (one song is simply called Zoloft).  This song sort of tracks the descent into madness.

Shinola Vol. 1 (2005)-Did You See Me?

Technically not a true studio release, but the quality of these leftovers are a testament to the quality of the rest of their albums.  Somehow this trippy Pink Floyd-esque gem didn't make the cut (on either The Mollusk or Quebec... I can't remember.)

La Cucaracha (2007)-Your Party

And in what may be their last album, the band follows their formula of tackling as many genres as possible.  Unfortunately, the album lacks the inventiveness and excitement that their better efforts possess.  But before they finished, they gave us this guy--which nails the sleaziness/banality of smooth jazz.

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