Who is Ween?
Ween is a band formed of the brothers Gene and Dean Ween. Regular members also include Claude Coleman Jr. (on drums), Mean Ween, bassist Dave Dreiwitz, keyboard player Glenn McClelland, Andrew Weiss (producer and occasional bassist) and others.
Around 1984 or 1985 in Middle school typing class. The Boognish appeared and offered them the scepters of wealth and power. (It's not too clear if they got them yet). Subsequently they started messing around with home recording, and formed Ween basically to make recordings to amuse their friends and themselves.
Where did they come from?
Did you really think their real last name was Ween? Gener is Aaron Freeman; Deaner is Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo Jr.
Are they really brothers?
New Hope, PA.
Where are they from?
He's more mischievous than anything is, but he certainly rewards his faithful followers. He's sort of like Mr. Myxyptlk from Superman.
Is the Boognish a good guy or what?
Sorry to disappoint all the Richard smokers, but they are not. (Both Gene and Dean are raising families)
Are they gay?
Mean played bass for Ween on the song "Alone" of the Pod. He's on the cover of the Pod. He doesn?t have long hair anymore. He played with the Jimmy Wilson Group 1999, at the Saint. He tours with Ween when he can get time off from work (he works at the pork roll factory).
Who is Mean Ween?
A Dean Ween side project with Guy Heller. They are Mickey and Dickey Moist, respectively. Their albums are Moistboyz, Moistboyz II, Moistboyz III, Moistboyz IV and Moistboyz V.
Who are the Moistboyz?
Someone shouted this out at a show once on the Chocolate and Cheese Tour. Gener replied, "He's standing right here man. Yeah man, I lived it." Take that as you will.
Who's Eddie Dingle (from the song Nan)?
Yeah, Shockadelica is covered in it. Also, the rap section is adapted from the Prince song, "Alphabet Street".
In LMLYP, is that a Prince song I hear?
Yup, that's "Echoes" (off of the album Meddle).
Is that Pink Floyd in the background of Birthday Boy?
The pod was a strange farmhouse where lots of wacky locals resided. Among them were Gene and Dean who lived there for sometime. It is scenically located on Van Sant Road in Solebury Township, PA.
Where's the Pod?
Its an odd thing...a strangely overplayed song (and definitely not the best on the album), which now seems to be mocked by the rest of the world. It's primarily what comes to mind when the average Joe here's the name "Ween". It was tremendously popular in Australia, I hear. Daisies=Nipples.
What's the deal with "Push the lil' daisies"?
It's about whatever you want it to be.
Is "Don't Get 2 Close 2 My Fantasy" really about child molestation?
It's a story/fable about some pumpkins and their run in with a guy. You can find the lyrics to it???..uh, somewhere.
What the hell is the guy saying in "Mourning Glory"?
Gener's ex, and mother of his child.
Chill out-It's about one particular Jew who's a real asshole. Besides, Gener is a Jew.
I find reggaejunkiejew offensive. What should I do?
No, it isn't. It's the Brookridge Farm in New Hope.
Is the picture in the insert the afore mentioned Pod?
Legend has it, that Gene and Dean had just finished writing "Spinal" in a Washington hotel. Gener was tripping or something, and decided to go down to the lobby for crackers (this is all from hearsay, so expect this story to change). Walking by a newsstand, he was dumbfounded to see a Washington Post headline read, "Am I going to die, Mommy? " (Which is a line from the song). He freaked out, and quickly raced up stairs to tell his brother the story. He got into the room, only to find his brother curled up on the floor repeating, "mister would you please help my pony?"
I heard some story about "Mister Would you please help my pony" and "Spinal Meningitis". What's the deal?
It's called the "I Can't Put My Finger On It Intro." Maybe it's in Arabic.
When I heard I can't put my finger on it live, Gene sang some weird intro- what's that?
The story goes that the ad execs were using it as a temp track, and instead of finding something to replace it, they opted to get the rights for it instead. Neat, huh?
Didn't I hear I can't put my finger on it in a Levi's ad years ago?
Does Phish really cover Roses are free?
Ok, apparently the sample of Ali was supposed to end up on the end of "Powder Blue", but the rights to use it hadn't cleared. A whole bunch got pressed before the mistake was caught, and consequent printings have been with out it. Rumor has it that most of the sampled copies went to Canada, so good luck getting it up there, eh?
Hey, expand you're horizons pal. It's a beautiful thing.
A country album?
The 12 is the number of Nashville musicians, not the number of tracks. If you do some digging, you'll find some outtakes on the net.
Ok, then why only TEN songs?
Sorry, Gener ain't talking
What did the golden eel say?
Apparently Deaner got it off of his sister's ballet dancing record.
Dancing in the show tonight? Any info?
Is there a Honda commercial with Ocean Man on it?
Well, it's a white pepper...duh. Actually, if you turn it upside down, it's been said it resembles a gnarly nose snorting cocaine, hence, White Pepper.
What's the deal with the White Pepper album cover?
A lot of theory as to why they picked that name. Many believe it's a homage to The Beatles White album and Sgt. Pepper. Each song on the album pays respect to many different forms of pop music, and the Beatles are one of the group's major influences, but good luck on getting any non-Ween listeners to ever understand that.
Why did they pick the name White Pepper?
No one knows. It's cool though.
What's going on with the fucked jam?
It's taken from a game called Thorns, which was a pocket game from the seventies. The pictures of the characters on the cover are actually of Dean and Gene. The reason why they used this is unknown by most right now.
What about the Quebec album art?
Is Chocolate Town about anal sex?
Is "So Long Jerry" about Jerry Garcia?
It's a remix of a Yoko Ono song they did on an album called Rising Mixes.
What's "Ask the Dragon"?
Z-Rock Hawaii is a collaboration with Japanese singer/screamer Eye (of the Boredoms). You can order it through the mail at www.unsound.com/NG/z.html.
What's Z-Rock Hawaii?
An album released the latter half of 2003. The band did a free concert over the internet and this recording was made and sold via their website. Ween forumers got to vote on which songs they wanted to hear, and the band performed them. It's the only time Ween has ever performed the "Stallion Suite" in which all the Stallions pt.1 through 5 were played in order and at once. It will more than likely be the only time this will ever happen.
All Request Live???
That song was recorded by the band for a Pizza Hut commercial. Evidently, Pizza Hut?s advertising agency approached Ween to record a song for their stuffed crust pizza line. The band recorded a clean version, and Pizza Hut executives dropped the idea. Deaner posted the MP3 of the clean version and then a dirty version on his website. Everyone of the fans adored the little songs, so Ween performed an extended version on the All Request Live concert.
What's the deal with Where'd the Cheese Go?
Gener and Deaner had small roles in the film "It's Pat", based on the Saturday Night Live character of the same name. They do speak and perform in the film (you even get glimpse of the Ween-mobile), and watch them eat mushrooms (but they're from Safeway). Incidentally, Dean wears the same clothes in Pat as he does in the Pure Guava insert.
Hey, what's this movie?
Deaner plays Stratocasters for the most part and occasionally a Duo-Sonic. As far as effects go, there's: Talkbox Vox Wah Digitech Whammy.
What kind of guitars do they play?
Only in the early days. Occasionally fans write in and pester them to go back- Claude calls them the "molly" fans.
What about a drum machine, or a four track? Don't they use them?
Ween-people say "mang" to mean "dude" and they say "brown" a lot to mean a lot of things. If someone is real cool, they are referred to as "fucker" as in "He's a real fucker, wouldn't you say?" They also refer to a female spouse or girlfriend as a "yak" and boyfriends as a "cak".
What are these funny expressions that Ween and their fans use?
No. They just like the way those type of people's voices sound (except women). Ween does seem to be against Ottowans, though, and a few people in particular seem to rankle them.
Is Ween against Women/Jamaicans/Jews/the French/Blacks/Latinos...?
Do girls like Ween?
A strange place where you can meet strange people and talk to them. Just be careful when you go, because you'll always be doomed to return.
What is the Ween Dot Not Forum?
That's actually written by the Gourds and not ween.
I got this cover of "gin and juice" that says it's by ween.
Yes, as long as the particular concert venue allows it. This is one of the great things about Ween.
Are you allowed to record Ween when they play live?
Yeah, that's the idea.
Can you then trade or give away those tapes?
Ween C/O Chocodog/Pat Frey PO Box 470 Ringoes, NJ 08551 USA
How can I give Ween money?