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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.


Where did they come from?

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.


Are they really brothers?

Did you really think their real last name was Ween? Gener is Aaron Freeman; Deaner is Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo Jr.


Where are they from?

New Hope, PA.


Is the Boognish a good guy or what?

He's more mischievous than anything is, but he certainly rewards his faithful followers. He's sort of like Mr. Myxyptlk from Superman.


Are they gay?

Sorry to disappoint all the Richard smokers, but they are not. (Both Gene and Dean are raising families)


Who is Mean Ween?

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 are the Moistboyz?

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's Eddie Dingle (from the song Nan)?

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.


In LMLYP, is that a Prince song I hear?

Yeah, Shockadelica is covered in it. Also, the rap section is adapted from the Prince song, "Alphabet Street".


Is that Pink Floyd in the background of Birthday Boy?

Yup, that's "Echoes" (off of the album Meddle).


Where's the Pod?

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.


What's the deal with "Push the lil' daisies"?

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.


Is "Don't Get 2 Close 2 My Fantasy" really about child molestation?

It's about whatever you want it to be.


What the hell is the guy saying in "Mourning Glory"?

It's a story/fable about some pumpkins and their run in with a guy. You can find the lyrics to it???..uh, somewhere.


Who's Sarah?

Gener's ex, and mother of his child.


I find reggaejunkiejew offensive. What should I do?

Chill out-It's about one particular Jew who's a real asshole. Besides, Gener is a Jew.


Is the picture in the insert the afore mentioned Pod?

No, it isn't. It's the Brookridge Farm in New Hope.


I heard some story about "Mister Would you please help my pony" and "Spinal Meningitis". What's the deal?

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?"


When I heard I can't put my finger on it live, Gene sang some weird intro- what's that?

It's called the "I Can't Put My Finger On It Intro." Maybe it's in Arabic.


Didn't I hear I can't put my finger on it in a Levi's ad years ago?

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?


Does Phish really cover Roses are free?

Yes.


Muhammad Ali?

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?


A country album?

Hey, expand you're horizons pal. It's a beautiful thing.


Ok, then why only TEN songs?

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.


What did the golden eel say?

Sorry, Gener ain't talking


Dancing in the show tonight? Any info?

Apparently Deaner got it off of his sister's ballet dancing record.


Is there a Honda commercial with Ocean Man on it?

Yup.


What's the deal with the White Pepper album cover?

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.


Why did they pick the name White Pepper?

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.


What's going on with the fucked jam?

No one knows. It's cool though.


What about the Quebec album art?

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.


Is Chocolate Town about anal sex?

No.


Is "So Long Jerry" about Jerry Garcia?

Yes


What's "Ask the Dragon"?

It's a remix of a Yoko Ono song they did on an album called Rising Mixes.


What's Z-Rock Hawaii?

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.


All Request Live???

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.


What's the deal with Where'd the Cheese Go?

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.


Hey, what's this movie?

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.


What kind of guitars do they play?

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 about a drum machine, or a four track? Don't they use them?

Only in the early days. Occasionally fans write in and pester them to go back- Claude calls them the "molly" fans.


What are these funny expressions that Ween and their fans use?

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".


Is Ween against Women/Jamaicans/Jews/the French/Blacks/Latinos...?

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.


Do girls like Ween?

Hells, yeah!


What is the Ween Dot Not Forum?

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.


I got this cover of "gin and juice" that says it's by ween.

That's actually written by the Gourds and not ween.


Are you allowed to record Ween when they play live?

Yes, as long as the particular concert venue allows it. This is one of the great things about Ween.


Can you then trade or give away those tapes?

Yeah, that's the idea.


How can I give Ween money?

Ween C/O Chocodog/Pat Frey PO Box 470 Ringoes, NJ 08551 USA


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