Classic or Dud: "Ladies and Gentlemen..WEEN!"

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CAPTAIN FANTASY!!1!!!11!

Marmot 4-Tay: The root cause of dragon hatred among power metal bands. (marmotwo, Monday, 31 July 2006 17:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

Those early albums still rule the goddamn roost.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 31 July 2006 18:10 (8 years ago) Permalink

All their albums rule the goddamn roost.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Monday, 31 July 2006 18:14 (8 years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard the later ones as much. :-/

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 31 July 2006 18:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

They're okay. Once upon a time, I dug the first few albums an awful lot. But I found I cared less and less as time went by. Not so much that the quality dropped, but my interest level sure did. Not sure why... Guess I just found 'em more charming when they seemed like go-nowhere losers fucking around (brilliantly) on a 4-track.

I wish them the best of luck in everything they do.

fuckfuckingfuckedfucker (fuckfuckingfuckedfucker), Monday, 31 July 2006 18:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ohwhoa,duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude.

Marmot 4-Tay: The root cause of dragon hatred among power metal bands. (marmotwo, Monday, 31 July 2006 18:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

...like a brother on skates...

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Monday, 31 July 2006 18:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

Their live albums rule the goddamn roost, even though they do not come close to recreating the sheer awesomeness that is a live ween experience. Although live albums don't have stinky stoners constantly moshing into you.

danzig (danzig), Monday, 31 July 2006 19:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

don't get 2 close 2 my fantasy
don't be afraid to touch the hand of your creator
stare into the lion's eye
and if you taste the candy
you'll get to the surprise

yesssssssssssssssssssssssss.

Emily B (Emily B), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 03:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

im otm on this thread: Ween. Are they great or what?

ween are better now at singing and playing guitar but worse at making records.
-- ¨?¨?¨?¨?¨?¨? (chaki.time...), June 20th, 2006 1:17 PM. (chaki)

Supercalifragilisticexpiala Brosius (chaki), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 03:22 (8 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Let us all anticipate the new Ween FRIENDS EP (due 06/19) and untitled album (due sometime this fall)!

Roxor.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 7 June 2007 22:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

"what deaner was talking about" is the shins but better

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 7 June 2007 22:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

HOLY BALLS I AM SEEING THEM LIVE ON SUNDAY.

taste the waste!

Emily Bjurnhjam, Thursday, 7 June 2007 22:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

My cat's name is Captain Fantasy.

Davey D, Saturday, 9 June 2007 17:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

"Don't Laugh (I Love You)" is all the twee most people will ever want.

Cunga, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 23:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Jesus Christ
Pain
Take one
Yeah! Pain

Last time I saw you, I was holding your hand
And I couldn't wait for you to leave
I knew right then that it was over and done
And I couldn't believe that I was free

Help me now, I'm going down
And I don't know if I'll be ok
I'll be around, I'll be in town
If you need a place to stay

When the wind blows and there's a chill in the air
I hope that someone is taking care of you
I'm alright, yeah, I'm really ok
Just so you know I'm always there for you

Help me now, I'm going down
And I don't know if I'll be ok
I'll be around, I'll be in town
If you need a place to stay

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Thursday, 25 February 2010 00:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Just had a thought, could "Buckingham Green" be a reference to Lindsey + Peter? Or is it just a cool English-sounding name?

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 16 July 2010 11:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

I always thought that it was a reference to the Buckingham Green Shopping Center located a few miles down the road from New Hope, PA.

bmus, Friday, 16 July 2010 17:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

Seeing these dudes tomorrow again! Hope they go light on the La Cucaracha album, the only dud in their catalog IMO...

ColinO, Saturday, 17 July 2010 04:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Where did the motherfucking cheese go at?

lol @ dog w/ sunglasses (Pillbox), Tuesday, 28 September 2010 17:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

(i don't know)

lol @ dog w/ sunglasses (Pillbox), Tuesday, 28 September 2010 22:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

ween, the clusterfucking (from what I hear): http://www.straight.com/article-369810/vancouver/ween-completely-blows-it-bizarre-vancouver-show

symsymsym, Saturday, 29 January 2011 03:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Hope they go light on the La Cucaracha album, the only dud in their catalog IMO...

people keep putting down La Cucaracha, but the two tracks I have heard from it (Woman And Man and the divine Your Party) are both amazing.

Particularly Your Party, which is plainly the best song ever recorded by anyone.

The New Dirty Vicar, Friday, 30 September 2011 11:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

are there really standouts from that album? maybe i'll give it another shot.

billstevejim, Saturday, 1 October 2011 00:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

dirty vicar otm. "woman and man" is ween's "sympathy for the devil." the sax on "your party" kills. "spirit walker" could have been on 'white pepper.' "friends" is one of their best songs. all in all have to say this album is better than 'quebec'

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 1 October 2011 00:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

single version of Friends >>>>>>>> album version of Friends

robocop last year was a 'shop (sic), Saturday, 1 October 2011 02:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think quebec is maybe their best, so I cant agree with that, but La C isn't as terrible as you've probably heard
I dig "Blue Balloon" quite a bit, it's a really dumb song but I like it

frogbs, Saturday, 1 October 2011 02:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

by the way it's 2012 now and they still haven't released a follow up, now I'm getting sad (especially considering how prolific these guys used to be)

frogbs, Thursday, 5 January 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

solo Gene Ween coming soon...

http://www.aaronfreeman.net/

billstevejim, Friday, 13 April 2012 17:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

If I'm reading this correctly, it's produced by the same guy who did 12 Golden Country Greats...

billstevejim, Friday, 13 April 2012 17:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

this is actually pretty good. completely dissimilar to Ween outside of maybe a few tracks on White Pepper. just kind of a lush, upbeat pop album, kinda of intentionally campy, but really catchy and fun

frogbs, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

a lush, upbeat pop album, kinda of intentionally campy...

It's an album of Rod McKuen covers. So there you go.

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 10 May 2012 02:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

classic Deaner:

me and carlos sort of collaborate-------I think enough time has passed where I can finally tell my favorite Ween story of all-time.
The businesses and the people involved have long since closed their doors and moved on for good and hopefully the people involved (and Carlos himself, if it comes to that) will have a good sense of humor about this story.

In 2003 Ween released our album “quebec” on Sanctuary Records. We worked on the album for 2 years in our beach house in Holgate,NJ, a rented house in the Pocono Mountains of PA, the garage behind Aaron’s house in Pt. Pleasant, PA, my upstairs guest room, and finally Andrew Weiss’s living room in NJ. We also worked at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ and Graphic Sound Studios in Ringoes, NJ. It was not a great period in our personal lives, Aaron was going thru a divorce and I was partying way too hard myself—it was some dark shit. The record is one of my favorites, but it is a depressing album lyrically. It was not an easy record to make either, as evidenced by the amount of places we worked, trying to find the right environment. There are demos available online that I posted where you can hear the process at work, we racked up our normal batch of like 6 dozen songs or more before whittling it down to what was finally released, 15 tunes.

I am a huge fan of Carlos Santana. He is one of my favorite guitarists of all-time. He is playing better these days than ever before in my opinion. His music is more radio friendly, for sure, but as a guitarist he has aged like a fine wine. Only Neil Young, Prince, and a small handful of others can make that claim as they become members of the AARP.

We were working in Andrew’s living room on the song “Transdermal Celebration”, our drummer Claude Coleman had just gotten into a horrific car crash and left us w/o a drummer for the recording and ensuing tour. Eventually it worked itself out where the record took so long to complete that Claude made enough of a recovery to do the world tour with us supporting “quebec.” In the meantime though, even though Claude had played on some of the demos, drumming on the album was left up to me, Josh Freese, and Sim Cain. “Transdermal Celebration” had been recorded 3 times by this point, with a drum machine, with Claude playing drums, and the final take on the album which features Josh Freese. It was the eventual single from the album. So, we’re in the middle of this session and I get a phone call from my roadie (nameless) who also worked for a backline company (nameless) that supplied amps, drums, lights, etc. to bands touring in the Northeast. My roadie told me that Carlos Santana’s equipment (including his guitars) had arrived via a trucking company that night at their depot. Carlos was recording an appearance on “Good Morning America” the next morning and his equipment was to be delivered to the set in NYC in a few hours.

What needed to be done was immediately clear to me, I had an opportunity to play the solo on “Transdermal Celebration” through Carlos Santana’s amplifier and guitar. I had one shot at it, it meant taking a hard disk recorder to a storage space where all of Carlos’ stuff was sitting in transit. I arrived at 2am. We (very carefully) unpacked his equipment and set up his stage gear and in one take I recorded the guitar solo for “Transdermal Celebration” (the one that appears on the album, playing thru Carlos Santana’s guitar, pedalboard, and amplifier. The whole thing took 10 minutes and we were terrified we were going to get caught. A lot of people would have lost their jobs. We got the fuck outta there really fast after that. So the solo on “Transdermal Celebration” was played thru all of Santana’s shit in what resembled an early morning bank heist or something……….

Of course a story like this requires visual proof, so here it is. Don’t tell anyone about these please.

-Dean Ween 6/14

an afterthought: regarding the Carlos post, i'd like to add that we handled his equipment as if it were the Mona Lisa. We photographed the way his roadie had his cables wrapped and positioned and put everything back exactly as it was found. The whole process was over as quickly as it happened. Also, the respect that I have for Carlos and the depth, spirituality and stamina of his playing is held by me in the highest regard. I am not just a fan of Carlos, I am a believer and follower of everything he has done, and yes that includes the pop singles. I felt it was important to have this be known, there is no one I hold in a higher regard. Also, I have a lifetime of experience of handling equipment, as did the other person involved, it wasn't two drunk buffoons manhandling a legend's gear, the furthest thing from it. I think it's important to clarify that. -DW




Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:16 (2 months ago) Permalink

haha that's incredible.

piscesx, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:23 (2 months ago) Permalink

Classic.

how's life, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 19:43 (2 months ago) Permalink

Amazing. I'm calling the cops

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 21:02 (2 months ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

new freeman album is vintage

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

It's definitely at least rather good, possibly moreso.

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

yeah I guess I better order a copy

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:59 (1 month ago) Permalink

didnt know he had a new album out.

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 22:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

"one more" is genius. wonder if gene's picked up some serious chops?

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 17 July 2014 14:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I think a lot of these songs would be better with Dean on them and I'm kind of surprised how very tame this is (given some of his comments), but there's definitely a high level of craftsmanship here, I think this'll hold up well

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 21 August 2014 18:43 (1 week ago) Permalink


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