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New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States (1984 – 2012)

Ween was an group formed in 1984 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States when Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) and Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) met in an eighth grade typing class. Ween collected a large underground fanbase despite being generally unknown in mainstream music circles aside from their 1992 fluke hit “Push Th’ Little Daisies”.

The band’s style is eclectic, and while they could generally be referred to as , one of their defining tendencies has been experimentation with various styles incorporating a strong element of humor and absurdity. Both Gene and Dean are skilled multi-instrumentalists who overdubbed various instruments on their recordings, though they also record with the regular touring band.

Their earliest home recordings were anarchic and free-spirited, drawing on influences as far-reaching as Beatles, Queen, Prince, Butthole Surfers, The Residents and the movement. Ween was often compared in their early years to other offbeat artists such as Frank Zappa and would always eschew such comparisons.

Ween was signed to Twin/Tone Records in 1989 and released their first album GodWeenSatan: The Oneness in the following year, a 26-track smorgasbord of wild eclecticism.

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  • Duckman888

    For some people it's easy to get into and for others, such as you and me, it takes a while. Whilst I don't listen to it as much as I used to, whenever Laura comes on shuffle I know it's time to turn up the volume and shout LAAAAUUUURRRRAAAA at the top of my lungs.

    16 Jul 10:38pm Reply
  • Jacqu3z

    Exactly, it is really a tough, almost impenetrable, outer shell.. you know with 23 songs and a no-budget production.. but it's so fucking amazing.

    16 Jul 9:53pm Reply
  • Duckman888

    Nice to see that you've got into The Pod Jacqu3z, once you get through the tough outer shell it is an amazing taste sensation.

    16 Jul 8:50pm Reply
  • cambionic

    My absolute favorite track of theirs is Long Legged Sally Is A No Necked Whore, simply because it is SO BROWN.

    16 Jul 8:44pm Reply
  • Jacqu3z

    The Pod is mesmerizingly good.. even better than GwS and Pure Guava. fuck I love ween

    15 Jul 10:54pm Reply
  • Duckman888

    Gener/Aaron's new album can be streamed here http://www.spin.com/articles/aaron-freeman-ween-self-titled-debut-partisan-records-stream/

    15 Jul 6:42pm Reply
  • brownieboy

    first time i heard "push th' little daisies" i thought what the hell is this, but after a few more listens i kinda get it lol

    10 Jul 6:19pm Reply
  • willandrhiannon

    i just want to listen to ween 24/7 even in my dreams.

    7 Jul 11:18am Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Dean Ween has stated that Shinola Vol. 2 probably won't be happening even though he gets a lot of people asking for it.

    18 Jun 5:13pm Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Those Freeman songs are pretty good. Very mellow and sorta White Pepper-esque.

    18 Jun 5:11pm Reply
  • jerkcurb

    agree with sglangdon, Shinola vol 2 needs to come out asap, those goofy b sides are the best

    1 Jun 7:18pm Reply
  • sglangdon

    I only just recently heard the studio version of Vallejo. God damn, it might just be one of the best things they've done. I'm Fat is hilarious, too. I'm surprised they haven't released more Shinola compilations since breaking up - there's a lot of REALLY great material which isn't very well known.

    24 May 9:08am Reply
  • mcdeece

    Been listening to this band for a couple years. Why have I never listened to White Pepper??? It's fantastic! On to Quebec.

    16 May 2:31am Reply
  • CousinEarl

    Possibly the greatest band ever.

    26 Apr 3:01pm Reply
  • ThePapaMuerte

    WIN

    23 Apr 10:24pm Reply
  • Duckman888

    Gener/Aaron has formed a band with Gordon Freeman, album is out July 22nd. http://www.freemantheband.com/

    23 Apr 11:34am Reply
  • jonowev

    there is a band called this. wat

    21 Apr 10:49pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    The Pod is more important than Abbey Road

    30 Mar 12:26am Reply
  • trashcity_

    Apiss up a rope

    26 Mar 5:42am Reply
  • EJSrocket

    R.I.P. GENER WE WILL MISS YOU

    24 Mar 7:02pm Reply
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