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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Can Someone Please Explain Ween to Me?

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 11:09 AM

I'll be the first to admit I don't have the slightest clue why the band Ween (or Gene Ween as a solo artist) is popular. Can someone help?

Is it the hippies? The "So Long Jerry" (as in Jerry Garcia, or Jerr-Bear, or "Captain Fucking Trips") video from above might be proof of that. Or is it some weird cult status that started with "Push Th' Little Daisies" and has followed them ever since?

The only Ween material I am familiar with was their mid-'90s push—Pure Guava, Chocolate & Cheese, 12 Golden Country Greats—but none of those records had any lasting impact on me whatsoever. (Especially the sort of impact that would justify how a band like this can sell out the Crystal Ballroom with ease—or in the case of tonight's Gene Ween solo show, the Doug Fir.)


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