Old Ass Ween News

Aug 7th, 2017
PHOTOS: Gene Ween Does Billy Joel at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, 08/05/17

Source: NEPA Scene
Author: Keith Perks

Aaron Freeman may be known best as Gene Ween, the frontman of alternative rock band Ween from New Hope, Pennsylvania, but on Saturday, Aug. 5, he embodied a very different singer/songwriter...

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Jul 17th, 2017
Photo Gallery: Red Rocks 2017

Source: The Marquee
Author: Elliot Siff

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In 2008, Ween played two nights at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado. On the second night, after playing 32 straight songs, the band went into "Squeal on the Pusher," which led into an epic, power-driven, spaced-out, weird-as-ever drum solo to be remembered forever...

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Jul 11th, 2017
Ween's The Mollusk Turns 20: An Oral History By Mickey Melchiondo

Source: Stereogum
Author: Drew Fortune

A couple weeks ago, I received a text from my friend Mickey Melchiondo, asking if I'd be interested in putting together an oral history for the 20th anniversary of Ween's album The Mollusk. Of course, I gladly accepted...

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Jul 2nd, 2017
WEEN Plays The Mollusk Full Album in Bend, OR - Review and Videos

Source: Live For Live Music
Author: Andrew O'Brien

Last night, fans of one-of-a-kind rock outfit Ween were treated to a very special performance at Bend, Oregon's Les Schwab Amphitheater... To open the show, the band performed their fan-favorite (and Deaner-favorite) 1997 album The Mollusk in its entirety, breaking out a pair of long-lost tunes in the process...

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Jun 23rd, 2017
WEEN to Play Suwannee HulaWEEN

Source: WEEN

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Jun 12th, 2017
More Tourdates Announced!

Source: WEEN

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Jun 11th, 2017
Ween waxes playful at Thompson's Point

Source: Portland Press Herald
Author: Robert Ker

The Portland summer didn't technically begin Saturday, but it felt as if it officially started for the outdoor music season, as Ween came to Thompson's Point for the first concert this year on the evening of a blistering hot day...

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Jun 8th, 2017
Ween Keeps The Bust Outs Coming In Brooklyn

Source: JamBase
Author: Scott Bernstein

On Wednesday night Ween concluded a two-night stand at Brooklyn Steel in New York City as part of their most extensive tour of the decade...

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Jun 7th, 2017
Ween Paints The Borough Brown In Brooklyn Steel Debut

Source: Live For Live Music
Author: Ben Boivin

On a damp Tuesday night in New York, Ween played to a capacity crowd at the freshly opened Brooklyn Steel...

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May 24th, 2017
Red Rocks Booked Through 2022? Why Some Bands Get Shut Out of the Iconic Venue

Source: Variety
Author: Steve Knopper

About a year ago, when wacky rock duo Ween still had "that new-car smell," as manager Patrick Jordan refers to the 90s indie phenoms' reunion, the band's Denver promoter called. "If you want to play Red Rocks next year," he said, "you better start challenging dates”...

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May 8th, 2017
Gene Ween Announces August Tour

Source: JamBase
Author: Scott Bernstein

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May 1st, 2017
Halloween Show!

Source: WEEN

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Apr 28th, 2017
Ween featured on Spongebob vinyl

Source: Alternative Press
Author: Jordan Toney

It's hard to imagine that a vinyl featuring the soundtrack of Spongebob Squarepants could be any more awesome, but it turns out adding Pantera and Ween will definitely do that...

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Apr 23rd, 2017
Ween Welcomes Carol Brooks & Works Bust Outs Into Asheville Show

Source: JamBase
Author: Scott Bernstein

New Hope, Pennsylvania rockers Ween played the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina on Friday night. The five-piece was joined by a guest vocalist and dusted off three songs they hadn't performed in a long time...

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Apr 21st, 2017
Ween Works Impromptu Prince Cover Into Charlottesville Show

Source: JamBase
Author: Scott Bernstein

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Apr 7th, 2017
Dave Dreiwitz Celebrates 20 Years in Ween

Source: Relix

As bass player Dave Dreiwitz has noted himself, today marks the 20 year anniversary of his invitation into Ween. Dreiwitz reflects, "It was twenty years ago today Deaner called me up to play"...

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Mar 26th, 2017
Bananas and Blow! (drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine)

Source: Inquirer.net
Author: Associated Press

MADRID — Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas...

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Mar 18th, 2017
Ween Goes Acoustic At Aragon In Chicago

Source: JamBase
Author: Andy Kahn

The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago hosted a St. Patrick's Day Ween concert on Friday night. The second of two Windy City shows featured a fitting opener, a few acoustic tunes and some rarities thrown in as well...

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Mar 17th, 2017
Ween Debuts Original At First Chicago Headlining Show Since 2010

Source: JamBase
Author: Andy Kahn

Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo brought Ween to Chicago last night for their first of two consecutive performances at the Aragon Ballroom. The biggest surprise of the evening was the band's first live rendition of "King Billy"...

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Feb 27th, 2017
Summer Tour Announced!

Source: WEEN

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Feb 20th, 2017
Five Thoughts: WEEN at Brooklyn Bowl

Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Author: Spencer Patterson

Brooklyn Bowl is a great place to see a show, but this might be what the almost-three-year-old venue does best: host multiple nights with the same band - while turning itself into home base for fans of that act...

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Feb 20th, 2017
Ween Las Vegas Finale Includes Nearly Disastrous Wedding Proposal

Source: JamBase
Author: Scott Bernstein

Sunday night saw Ween close out a three-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas with a show heavy on rockers including a Motorhead cover. The evening also featured a wedding proposal that ended well after the guy proposing lost the ring for a little while...

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Feb 10th, 2017
Dean Ween Group On World Cafe

Source: npr

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Jan 27th, 2017
Browning Out With Dean Ween

Source: Do512

As one-half of beloved cult pranksters Ween, Dean Ween (real name Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo, Jr.) has created songs that run the gamut from foul-mouthed sea shanties to Nashville-tinged country tunes mourning the loss of a pet. Name a genre of music, and Dean Ween has likely already dived headfirst into it...

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Last night Ween guitarist Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo brought his The Dean Ween Group to New York for a show at Brooklyn Bowl. The evening featured a sit-in by opener, percussionist Mike Dillon as well as guest vocalist Carol Brooks and Joe Russo's Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger...

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Jan 17th, 2017
New Tourdates Announced!

Source: WEEN

Thursday, April 20th in Charlottesville, VA
Friday, April 21st in Asheville, NC...

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Jan 11th, 2017
Spin The Black Circle: Talking Records with Dean Ween

Source: Spectrum Culture
Author: Jedd Beaudoin

"I talk a lot," says Mickey Melchiondo, the man known to much of the world as Dean Ween and to some of the globe as Mickey Moist. "That's what makes me a good interview."...

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Mickey Melchiondo's been so prolific lately - so out there and seemingly ever-present - that it's tough to imagine a time when his musical fires were barely at a smolder. But that's what happened to Melchiondo - better known to countless Ween fans as Dean Ween, or Deaner - following the breakup of Ween five years ago...

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Let's say you don't know Ween's music or the music made by the lead guitarist's spinoff the Dean Ween Group. Then Dean Ween is fairly certain no matter what you read here (or anywhere), you're not going to like it...

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Jan 6th, 2017
Ween to play Nelsonville Music Festival in June

Source: Nelsonville Music Festival

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Dec 29th, 2016
Gene Ween, John Medeski, & More Lead Tribute To Led Zeppelin At Brooklyn Bowl

Source: Live For Live Music
Author: Kendall Deflin

Last night, a variety of artists from across the musical spectrum came together to play the music of Led Zeppelin at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York. Vocalist Gene Ween, pianist John Medeski, and guitarist/vocalist Scott Ian (of Anthrax) led the brigade through a furiously awesome tribute to the English rock band. The musical mix up of characters provided quite the rock and roll paradise...

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Oct 19th, 2016
Review: Ween pull out all of the stops for their return to SF

Source: The Bay Bridged
Author: Joshua Huver

Ween was in San Francisco this weekend for the first time since 2009, and for two nights, Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, they had the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium all to themselves...

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Oct 16th, 2016
I Think I Must Be Dreaming: A Ween Tour Memoir

Source: Medium
Author: Matthew Kohut

On the road with the Shit Creek Boys in October, 1996...

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Jul 28th, 2016
THAT TIME WEEN OPENED FOR FUGAZI AT CITY GARDENS

Source: Dangerous Minds
Author: Oliver Hall

If you've read "Understanding Trump" by the cognitive scientist George Lakoff, you might recognize aspects of "strict father morality" in Fugazi's code. It was funny, escaping the hierarchies of home and school to attend a Fugazi show as a teenager: You didn't know which songs they were going to play, but you could be sure they would deliver a stern talking-to about your behavior...

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Jun 18th, 2016
Les Claypool Joins The Dean Ween Group In Ohio

Source: JamBase
Author: Andy Kahn

Last night Nelson Ledges Quarry Park hosted a concert featuring openers The Dean Ween Group and The Claypool Lennon Delirium at the outdoor venue in Garrettsville, Ohio...

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May 6th, 2016
Dean Ween Remembers Prince: 'He Was My John Lennon'

Source: Rolling Stone
Author: Drew Fortune

The sonic DNA of Ween borrows from dozens of classic artists, but Prince's influence on the cult duo runs especially deep. "As young kids in Ween, it was attainable to imitate Prince," guitarist Mickey Melchiondo, a.k.a. Dean Ween, told Rolling Stone this week...

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Apr 28th, 2016
Dean Ween Group, Mike Dillon and More Rock The Megalomaniacs Ball

Source: Live For Live Music
Author: Rex Thomson

The Dean Ween Group whipped a packed Megalomaniacs Ball into a frothing frenzy last night, leading a four band onslaught of massive guitar riffs and what seemed like every kind of drum ever made...

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Oct 17th, 2015
Dean Ween Plays Drums For Special Dean Ween Group Encore In Denver

Source: JamBase
Author: Scott Bernstein

In 99.99% of most cases, you can consider a show over when the band leaves the stage, the house lights come up and the crew starts putting away microphones and other equipment. Last night's Dean Ween Group show falls in 0.01%...

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Oct 5th, 2015
Gene Ween @ SPACE 10/1/15

Source: The Barn Presents
Author: Alex Wood

Ween fans flocked to Evanston's SPACE on Thursday for an intimate performance from Gene Ween. Playing with an electric four-piece backing band, the singer delivered a set spanning Ween's eclectic discography in addition to songs from his most recent record, Freeman...

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Mar 21st, 2015
Dean Ween Group at Atlanta's Terminal West

Source: Consequence of Sound
Author: Wesley Hodges

Ween fans have been quite starved for something like this in recent years, as nearly a half-decade has passed since the bizarro outfit banded together for a tour in full. While Gener tours the northeast in support of his most recent eponymous Freeman record, the remainder of the original force rides again...

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Jan 19th, 2015
Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) and Nik Greeley @ Ardmore Music Hall

Source: Jump Philly
Author: Brian Wilensky

Boognish smiled upon Ardmore Music Hall on Friday as Aaron Freeman, formerly known as Gene Ween, took the stage. The near-capacity crowd welcomed him back to the area with rowdy cheering at nearly every available moment...

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Dec 10th, 2014
Dean Ween Group brings the '70s back - in all its glory - at Musikfest Cafe

Source: The Morning Call
Author: John J. Moser

The 1970s was such a rich musical era that even identifying something as "'70s rock" is nebulous. Within that designation, there's classic rock, sludgy pre-punk rock, power ballad rock, metal and more. The Dean Ween Group - the outfit led by Mickey Melchiondo, half of the New Hope-based experimental rock group Ween - is similarly undefined...

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Mar 20th, 2014
Dean Ween Group Came On 'Like A Freight Train' At John And Peter's Wednesday Night

Source: New Hope Free Press
Author: Ralph Smith

New Hope favorite son Mickey Melchiondo brought his Dean Ween Group to John and Peter's in New Hope Wednesday night to warm up for their upcoming tour...

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Dec 16th, 2013
Moistboyz @ Cubby Bear 12/13/13

Source: The Barn Presents
Author: Alex Wood

Moistboyz are too metal to be punk and too punk to be metal. Between the two genres falls the blisteringly energetic rock 'n roll the band makes their own...

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Nov 4th, 2012
Aaron Freeman at the Fox Theatre, 11/2/12

Source: Denver Westword
Author: A.H. Goldstein

Aaron Freeman's set at the Fox felt decidedly familiar. The former Ween frontman may have officially shed the musical alter ego of Gene Ween since his last appearance in Colorado, but a lot about his act has stayed pretty much the same...

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Jan 15th, 2012
Ween: New Years Eve 2012 - Denver, CO

Source: Pop Matters
Author: Drew Fortune

Did they reach their goal of one hundred songs? No. But it didn't matter. I had witnessed the best Ween show this jaded fan has seen in over a decade of actively following the band...

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Jan 2nd, 2012
Ween at the Fillmore Auditorium, 12/31/11, Night Three, New Year's Eve

Source: Denver Westword
Author: A.H. Goldstein

Just in case anyone in the capacity crowd packed into the Fillmore Auditorium on New Year's Eve wasn't paying attention, Dean Ween sketched out the theme of the night after the first song, when the band kicked off the third and final concert of its series in Denver with the frenzied instrumental "Fiesta"...

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Dec 31st, 2011
Ween at the Fillmore Auditorium, 12/30/11, Night Two

Source: Denver Westword
Author: A.H. Goldstein

There was no ambitious declaration or plan of attack from the Ween brothers as they launched into their nearly three-hour long set on Friday night for the second show of their three-night stand at the Fillmore...

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Dec 30th, 2011
Ween at the Fillmore Auditorium, 12/29/11, Night One

Source: Denver Westword
Author: A.H. Goldstein

Early in the first show of Ween's three-night stint at the Fillmore, guitarist and frontman Dean Ween offered the crowd a simple game plan: "We're Ween. We're the band for the next few days"...

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Feb 17th, 2010
We Are Plastic Ono Band @ BAM, Brooklyn 2/16/10

Source: Stereogum
Author: Amrit Singh

The reconstituted, radicalized Plastic Ono Band boasted a lineup of legends and friends of Sean Lennon to survey the audio (and visual) output of Yoko Ono, the septuagenarian battling Leonard Cohen for the title of World's Most Vital...

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Mar 5th, 2009
An Oral History of May 3, 1987: The Day The Butthole Surfers Came to Trenton, New Jersey

Source: The Rumpus
Author: Amy Yates Wuelfing

That Butthole Surfers show is another one of those shows that 5,000 people claim they were at, but only 500 or so tickets were sold...

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Mar 1st, 2005
Dean Ween Interview

Source: Six String Soul
Author: Dan Kern

Whether your a fan of the song "Poopship Destroyer" or into the more elegant songs like "The Mollusk," Ween offers just about every emotion needed in a musical experience. In this interview, Mickey takes us closer to his style, his gear, and his experience as co-founder of Ween...

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Dec 16th, 2004
WEEN: Interesting Motherfuckers

Source: acid logic
Author: Sean C Tarry

It's a demon-god that draws a fast line separating the weird from the rest. One that revels in its own fascination of the absurd, while trying to compromise a balance between insanity and logic. A twisted creature of strangeness and bizarre savagery. And its name is Ween...

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Aug 6th, 2003
WEEN Interview

Source: A.V. Club
Author: Stephen Thompson

"...Our music is kids' music. I mean, it's really weird: My girl is 4, and she's singing "So Many People In The Neighborhood" to me from our new record, and it's really fucked up. I mean, our music generally appeals to children and retarded people, and I'm into that. In a way, we've been making children's records for years"...

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Feb 1st, 2001
The Pod, Reviewed by a Leonard Cohen Fan

Source: The Leonard Cohen Files

I cannot place the music, it seems rather disharmonic to me. No connection to Cohen that I can see - other than being the exact opposite of the atmosphere, with kind of a dark quality, stressed by repetitiveness, disharmony, slowgoing syncopated rhythm and abuse of sound-distortions...

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May 23rd, 2000
New Hope for the Stupid

Source: Village Voice
Author: Carla Spartos

Two boys residing in New Hope, Pennsylvania, named Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo meet in an eighth grade typing class in 1984. They huff Scotchgard. They make lots (some say thousands) of four-track recordings. They worship the demon-god Boognish. They assume the names Gene and Dean, respectively, and together activate Ween...

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Jan 7th, 2000
The Unseen Influence Of Ween

Source: Tim Quirk's Stuff
Author: Tim Quirk

The brave new world of downloadable music has been getting a lot of press. It’s also been getting a lot of complaints: most of the legal downloads out there tend to be by bands you've never heard of...

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Jul 1st, 1999
WEEN ARE THE WORLD

Source: The Stranger
Author: Adam Heimlich

Critics scratch their heads over Ween's conflation of parody and panegyric, their lack of concern with issues of authenticity, and their refusal to stick to one or even a few genres. It's all beside the point...

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Aug 15th, 1998
WEEN Interview 1998

Source: Carl Kingdom
Author: Ed Furniture

I don't know why the publicist put me on the phone with some guy named Aaron, but he was really boring and didn't have much to say about Ween. I think he might have been a roadie or something...

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Feb 9th, 1998
WEEN BREAK OUT THE CHEESE BALLS IN BOSTON

Source: MTV
Author: Laura Gilmore

For a city known for its famous tea party and baked beans, things were sure smelling like cheese when Ween came to town recently. "This is our last show," yelled Gene Ween from the stage...

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Oct 21st, 1997
Dean Ween Interview

Source: A.V. Club
Author: Jeff Stratton

Early Ween records - like The Pod and God Ween Satan: The Oneness - sound like the work of two permanently stoned teenagers, but the band made a startling about-face on its straight-faced, profanity-laced 1996 country album, 12 Golden Country Greats...

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Oct 17th, 1996
How the West Was Ween

Source: Denver Westword
Author: Michael Roberts

In 1994 Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, better known to the world at large as Gene and Dean Ween, issued Chocolate and Cheese, an Elektra Records release that won critical praise, significant radio airplay, and frequent exposure on that repository of cultural significance, Beavis and Butt-head...

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Jul 23rd, 1996
Grinning Mischief-Makers Breaking Country Rules

Source: New York Times
Author: Don Pareles

Country bands usually keep poker faces, but the one at Tramps on Friday night couldn't help grinning. They were backing Ween, and between the rudely funny lyrics and the uproarious audience, they loosened up fast...

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Apr 6th, 1995
The goofy duo serves up 'Chocolate and Cheese' on their latest effort

Source: Rolling Stone
Author: Chuck Dean

If you are unfamiliar with rock's consummate idiot savants from Pennsylvania way, then (1) you'll need to watch more TV, and (2) you're taking life way too seriously. With that said, we are very proud to introduce you to the whacked world of the Ween brothers...

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Nov 29th, 1994
Instant Death with Ween

Source: ram.org
Author: Ram Samudrala

"I Can't Put My Finger On It"... Neither can you on Ween's music, since it does everything!...

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Jul 1st, 1994
Push th' little daisies and make them come out... up!!

Source: ram.org
Author: Ram Samudrala

In this world where a band can easily become stuck in a musical rut, producing the same uninspired boring garbage again and again, Ween stands out as a beacon offering hope to the eclectic sailor engulfed by the mostly-unimaginative musical sea...

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