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8. Shinola, Vol. 1 (2005)

The best thing about Ween's sole official odds-and-end compilation is how it ignores all the conventional features of such releases. Shinola, Vol. 1 features no nostalgic liner notes, no scrapbooky photo collage, not even any info on recording dates; what you get is simply an album's worth of previously unreleased Ween songs, most very good and a couple great. The record has no real agenda, but it does transmit a tacit "Not so fast" to Ween-o-philes — myself included — who have tried to frame the band's evolution as a steady march away from the stonerfied 4-track-iness of The Pod and Pure Guava. There are plenty of hi-fi, live-band-style tracks on Shinola (the hypnotic, poker-faced vamp "I Fell In Love Today"; the twinkly soul-pop ballad "Someday"), but there's just as much drum-machine-backed horseplay (e.g., the brilliantly vapid tandem of "Tastes Good On Th' Bun" and "Big Fat Fuck"). The record also features some of Ween's most inspired genre homages: "Boys Club," a Doobie Brothers–style yacht-rock ode to a gay retreat topped off by Freeman's priceless Michael McDonald–isms, and the mindblowingly great "Gabrielle," which captures Thin Lizzy's street-rock jive as well as any acolyte ever has. Given Shinola's well-earned fan-fave status — and especially now that Ween isn't making new music — one might expect further volumes to come down the pike, but Dean Ween says don't hold your breath. In a recent post on his Ask Deaner blog, Melchiondo wrote, "I'm not ruling out the possibility of someday releasing another installment of Shinola, but I'm sorry to say it won't be anytime soon."

In March of 2011, when I published a book about Ween as part of the 33 1/3 series, it seemed as though the band would go on forever. At that point, core members Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo — Gene and Dean Ween, respectively — hadn’t put out a new record since 2007′s La Cucaracha, and Freeman had freaked out fans with a blotto anti-performance at a Vancouver show two months earlier, but as any Ween devotee could attest, such speed bumps were a familiar feature of the New Hope, PA duo’s two-decade-plus cruise. The reasonable assumption was that Freeman would take some time to cool off, as he had after a canceled 2004 tour, and Ween would eventually reemerge with another string of triumphant three-hour gigs and brilliantly offbeat LPs.

Except it didn’t happen that way. Ween did eventually return to the road, playing select festivals and one-offs through the end of 2011, but this past January brought news of Marvelous Clouds, a Freeman solo record featuring material by the poet-songwriter Rod McKuen. Once the publicity cycle for that album kicked in, things started getting weird. In May, Freeman called The Onion from rehab, stating that he was “ready to put [Ween] on the back burner.” Later that month, he made a definitive proclamation to Rolling Stone: “I’m retiring Gene Ween.” Disbelief and increasingly sordid online infighting ensued, and as the situation currently stands, it appears that the Freeman/Melchiondo partnership is no more.

It’s a grim moment to be a Ween fan, but it’s as good a time as any to assess the band’s legacy: Pure Guava, Ween’s major-label debut and the album that spawned their biggest hit, the Beavis and Butt-head–mocked “Push th’ Little Daisies,” turns 20 tomorrow, November 15. The loss of Ween as a live entity is tragic, to be sure, but the band’s discography is rock solid. From their humble inception — two middle-school buddies spreading the gospel of an invented deity called the Boognish — to their late-career status as one of pop’s most beloved cult bands, they never stopped honing their craft. There are no redundant Ween records; Freeman and Melchiondo told us something new with every album, from the sprawling 4-track mindfuck that is The Pod to the relatively tidy genre experiment 12 Golden Country Greats and the depressive psychedelic masterpiece Quebec. (The nine proper albums and one outtakes collection counted down here aren’t even the half of it; completists will happily fill you in on the truckload of self-released cassettes, live albums, B-sides and assorted other rarities — including the 1999 fan-appreciation comp, Craters Of The Sac, viewed by some as a bona fide LP — that round out the Ween oeuvre.) Even as they matured, Ween never stopped sending mixed signals, juxtaposing silliness and sincerity: Balancing out every stoner’s lark in their catalog is a perfect pop song.

It sounds corny, but you can think of this round-up as a tribute to musical buddyhood. “A friend’s a friend who knows what being a friend is,” Freeman sang on La Cucaracha’s “Friends,” and in its own way, the track — and the band’s entire body of work — is an expression of a collaborative ideal: two all-but-blood brothers uniting in the name of homegrown art. Sure, Lennon and McCartney’s relationship soured along the way, but there’s something comforting about that iconic joint songwriting credit, as if they never stopped longing for that kind of creative unity even after it unraveled. The same goes for Freeman and Melchiondo. Even as they trade barbs, they’re each taking pains to acknowledge the depth of their bond. “What Aaron and I created together was something so special that everyone that was even close to it for even one evening was affected forever,” Melchiondo wrote in the Ween forum this past September. “Nothing can ever change that.” Can I get an amen?

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  1. Totally respect Quebec at # 1, one of my alltime favs. Other than that, to me this list is pretty jacked. La Cucaracha HAS to be #10. No way should GodWeenSatan be all the way at 9 and Pure Guava at 6 feels too low.

    Still, thanks for putting this together. I know Ween has a pretty dedicated fan base but I still feel that they are sometimes overlooked.

  2. “Transdermal Celebration”
    “Bananas and Blow”
    “Mutilated Lips”
    “Baby Bitch”

    Four track from the top four that I’m likely to never forget in this lifetime.

    I feel a Top 10 Ween songs list could be in order, too.

    • Top ten would be tough. Off the top of my head “Birthday Boy” “Don’t Get too Close to my Fantasy” “If You Could Save Yourself You’d Save Us all” and “Marble Tulip Juicy Tree” would all be on my shortlist.

      Raptor, I think I would agree with you on “Baby Bitch” as well.

    • “baby bitch” doesn’t really do it for me, for some reason. here’s my attempt at a top 10. indeed, it was quite tough.

      chocolate town
      spinal meningitis (got me down)
      buckingham green
      transdermal celebration
      even if you don’t
      what deaner was talkin about
      marble tulip juicy tree
      pumpin 4 the man
      freedom of ’76
      voodoo lady

      lots of chocolate and cheese in there.

      • Pumpin 4 the Man is an odd choice, like a lot of those though. Probably gotta include pollo asado… too many to list really. I’ll drive my self crazy if I put too much thought into it.

  3. This article made me want Mexican takeout…

  4. This is great. Most of the other lists so far have been bands I’m deeply familiar with, but this list will actually help me to adventure further into the world of Ween. Thanks!

  5. For some reason I love 12 Golden Country Greats.. number one for me.
    I love “Fat Lenny”

    • We listened to that album every night at the pizza shop I worked at in college, never a big ween fan but love that record.

    • Love 12 Golden Country Greats.
      I’m from Oklahoma, so I hear a lot of country music… and I hate most of it.
      Ween has a way of tapping into genres and getting something new out of it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard another song as quirky and odd as “Help Me Scrape the Mucus Off My Brain,” but the sound and technique are amazing and the quality of the music is incredible. Don’t know any other bands with the balls to do something like 12 GCG, and pull it off so well.

  6. Ooh, do Camper Van Beethoven next!

  7. The Mollusk changed my life, man.

  8. Quebec may have a few good songs, but it’s one of the “least Ween” albums. It’s #5 at best.

  9. Oh goodness, now this is a list I like. I’ve got to go with “The Mollusk” as the best album, however. Though Quebec is certainly very good, The Mollusk is listenable in any mood at any time. Furthermore, Mutilated Lips is on my short list of the best songs ever released by anyone ever.

  10. Good list, but here is mine

    10. GodWeenSatan
    09. La Cucaracha
    08. Pure Guava
    07. The Pod
    06. Shinola Vol 1
    05. White Pepper
    04. 12 Country Greats
    03. Quebec
    02. The Mollusk
    01. Chocolate & Cheese

    • Yes, I agree with Chocolate & Cheese as #1.
      To me, it is the creative pinnacle of Ween’s early experimental sounds with the 4-track, and the beginning of the full band sounds and songs they would get into. Lots of creativity and so many good songs. It sounds like a time when they were just pumping out song after song after song and they were all very creative and very good.

    • this list is ALOT better than the author of this piece in my opinion. the mollusk changed my life, and although quebec is an alright album, i was very disappointed when i bought it. it can get a little boring at times. and how could someone not like the country album!! here is my list:
      10. la cucaracha
      9. shinola
      8. quebec
      7. godweensatan
      6. white pepper
      5. chocolate and cheese
      4. pure guava
      3. the pod
      2. 12 golden country greats
      1. the mollusk

  11. Myles Byrne-Dunhill  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2012 +5

    You guys are idiots. Early Ween is the fucking best! God Ween Satan is a masterpiece along with The Pod and Pure Guava. Sure The Mollusk is the effective with being consistent with a theme, but the un-consistency of the early shit was what made it so much more interesting and goddamn hilarious! Fuck this list, Stereogum, you obviously have a lot to learn when it comes to the Boognish.

    • Damn right Myles .
      Early Ween rules !
      The day i first heared God Ween Satan was in a dutch coffeeshop ,
      those were the days !
      All hail to Boognish .

      • I hold The Pod, God Ween Satan, Pure Guava and the Mollusk with equal reverence. Following that would be Chocolate and Cheese, Quebec, and White Pepper. Finally, Shinola, 12 Golden Country Greats, La Cucaracha, Craters.

        All of them are close to my heart, but the early stuff holds the most potential for regular rotation.

  12. Love this article.

    The Argus will always be my favorite Ween song. Every other one is tied for second.

  13. here’s mine (from best to worst)

    The Mollusk
    God Ween Satan
    Chocolate and Cheese
    Quebec
    The Pod
    Shinola
    White Pepper
    Pure Guava
    12 Golden Country Greats
    La Cucaracha

  14. The Pod IS Ween. The Pod is forever #1. Anyone who doesn’t put it in the top 5 is insane.

  15. I disagree strongly with some of the order choices on this list. There is no way The Pod isn’t in the top three. White Pepper and Quebec are among the weaker albums in my opinion. Here’s my list:

    10 White Pepper
    09 La Cucaracha
    08 12 Golden Country Greats
    07 Quebec
    06 Shinola
    05 God Ween Satan
    04 Chocolate & Cheese
    03 Pure Guava
    02 The Mollusk
    01 The Pod

    • Agrees! You saved me the trouble of having to right out what I would prefer as my top ten.

    • great list, but i would put 12 greats higher up, i didnt like it at 1st but after a while it really grew on me. quebec has some good songs as does white pepper but i feel they are overrated albums and kinda boring. much better list than stereogum.

  16. Since Ween has so many different styles, have been around for so long, and have such a diverse fan base, they will get crap for this list no matter what. There are no right answers….

    Except the Mollusk should be #1.

    • Agreed. They have so many styles I find myself listening to an album for weeks at a time. Im digging GcG at the moment, but I’ll be getting more playtime from one of the others. Totally agree on The Mollusk! I Think it blends the best of Ween: It shows off their skill as musicians and keeps all the awesome quirky weirdness!

  17. Here’s my list from best to worse. Keep in mind that the worse is still pretty damn good! I too give extra points to the earlier stuff even though it was messed up, but The Mollusk is too close to perfection not to get #1.

    1. The Mollusk
    2. Pure Guava
    3. Chocolate & Cheese
    4. The Pod
    5. Quebec
    6. God Ween Satan
    7. 12 Golden Country Greats
    8. White Pepper
    9. La Cucaracha
    10. Shinola

  18. From worst to best is:
    1. 12 Country Golden Hits
    2. La Cucaracha
    3. Shinola
    4. The Pod
    5. White Pepper
    6. Quebec
    7. The Mollusk
    8. God Ween Satan
    9. Pure Guava
    10. Chocolate & Cheese

    And that is the way it is.

  19. Can’t believe there is not one mention of the song Back to Basom. I don’t agree 100% with the list order, but Ween is my second favorite band of all times. My #1 band is a similar, but altogether different band They Might Be Giants. Would love to see how stereogum would rank TMBG’s catalog.

    • I can’t think of any band more than Ween that could generate such disparate lists from super fans, just because they are so eclectic. The range between “Push the Daisies” and “If You Could Save Yourself” is crazy, and there are probably songs further out on either side than those two!

      For TMBG, they would go one of two ways, I suspect they would conservatively go with Lincoln, maybe say some mean stuff about Apollo 18. Wonder what they would say about John Henry. Anyhow, if they did songs they might leave Ana Ng off just to make people go crazy, but “She’s an Angel” should be number 1.

      I saw the worst bands of my generation applied in magic marker to drywall.

  20. “The Pod” should be number one hands down. This list should be made only when %100 of Ween’s unreleased music is available to consider. What I’m attempting to say is, some of the songs that Gener and Deaner might have considered unpublishable would be golden to hardcore fans.

  21. i stopped reading when he ranked white pepper and the pod above pure guava. there’s no accounting for people’s taste, but whoever wrote this has bad taste in ween. its all about pure guava. after that i’d say its a toss up between quebec, the mollusk, and chocolate and cheese. white pepper is 100 percent disposable.

  22. I agree with this list to an extent…although the argument can be made that each of Ween’s records falls into a different genre, thus making it impossible to make a best to worst list. They have truly been pioneers as far as never sounding repetitive. That being said, there is no fucking way “Shinola” is better than “God Ween Satan”…c’mon now.

  23. I can’t even imagine trying to make a list like this… but “Quebec” as #1? I just don’t see this as being the album that the average Weenophile grabs when they’re ready for some browness. And to omit “Tried And True” from the album summary seems like the biggest crime of all.

  24. 1) The Mollusk
    2) Chocolate and Cheese
    3) Pure Guava
    4) GWS
    5) Quebec
    6) The Pod
    7) White Pepper
    8)12 Country Golden Greats
    9)La Cucaracha
    10) B-sides.

  25. I was just thinking the other day while listening to my White Pepper LP I just acquired… You know if some of these songs were just marketed the right way.. this album could have been huge…

  26. So I got to #10 and I already know this list is garbage… if you were there, and a fan, when that album came out, you’d know what it meant at the time….and still does…Then, to put God Ween Satan at #9???!! WTF??? You either weren’t along for the ride from at least ‘Pure Guava’, or you just knew of them tangentially, and took on this writing assignment on a whim. This ranking is not something that can be written by someone who isn’t a true ween listener. As a result, it is a total fail.

  27. I apologize in advance if what I’m about to say makes me look like a hug dick but I say it because Ween is my favorite band: This list is just plain WRONG.

    The fact that Pure Guava was placed on the bottom half of the list says it all. And Quebec at #1?? You’ve got to be kidding me. Does an album with “The F*cked Jam” really deserve that dubious honor? It’s still a good album but Deaner said it best when he said that Quebec had “Jonestown party vibes.”

    I’m trying not to sound like the Ween version of a juggalo when I say this, but anyone who puts 12 GCG at #10 and God Ween Satan at #9 clearly doesn’t understand the band and probably never will.

  28. HANK TO THREAD, REPEAT, HANK TO THREAD

  29. writer ain’t down with the brown.

  30. I am old. I have loved Ween long time. Saw them in Seattle and they did a Wings cover, AWESOMENESS. Too many favorites, I just can’t put my finger on it. ;) P.S. ZROCK Hawaii

  31. Greetings all,

    Hank S. here. Just wanted to (A) thank everyone for their comments, both positive and negative and (B) address a few of the points raised above.

    Lots of folks are crying foul re: the relatively low rankings for The Pod and Pure Guava, and I completely understand that. As I point out in the writeup for The Pod, these albums are indeed the purest distillation of brownness, or however you choose to describe the Freeman/Melchiondo collaboration at its most elemental. But the overarching question I asked myself when compiling this list was, “What are Ween’s best albums?” (Or more specifically: “What do I think are their best albums, having lived with their catalog for close to 20 years?” The “I think” part is key; this is all just one fan’s opinion.) The question wasn’t, “What are Ween’s most quintessentially Ween-ish albums?”

    To put it another way, if I were ranking the Bob Dylan catalog—that would be an awesome and incredibly daunting project btw…—I wouldn’t put a record like Freewheelin’ first just because it features some of Dylan’s most iconic and “Dylany” songs, the ones that established his sound in the first place. I’d probably be more likely to go with something like Blood on the Tracks, an older, wiser and, I’d argue, more interesting statement—not the quintessential Dylan record, the one that made Dylan Dylan, but maybe the best in a broader, non-insular sense. To me, that’s what Quebec is in the Ween discography. The Pod and Pure Guava are undeniably Ween’s formative, foundational records, but that’s not the same thing as saying they’re the best. I’d say more or less the same of God Ween Satan. I completely understand that, as Ween’s full-length debut, it holds great sentimental value, but I think that song-for-song, it’s weaker than every other Ween record aside from 12GCG. (More specifically, I think that Ween left GWS in the dust even by the time of The Pod, its immediate follow-up.)

    Re: Quebec at No.1: Maybe the coolest thing about being a Ween fan, for me, has been first hearing Pure Guava as a teenage stoner, forming a certain impression of the band as this silly, low-tech duo and then much later on in life having that impression completely decimated by the very heavy, very adult vibes Gene and Dean started throwing down, specifically on Quebec. I know Dean has gone on record describing how much unhappiness went into that album. While it feels somewhat perverse to love a work that you know sprung from great pain, that kind of desperation, transformed into something beautiful, is what I really respond to about that album. Ween’s first three albums are all highly enjoyable, but (“Birthday Boy” excepted) they don’t give me anything close to the emotional jolt that Quebec does.

    Re: 12GCG, Greg Duch wrote this above:

    “if you were there, and a fan, when that album came out, you’d know what it meant at the time….and still does”

    Along similar lines re: what I wrote above, I’m not sure that what a record meant at the time that it came out is the best criterion for determining its relative greatness. I completely understand that 12GCG was a conceptual coup, how it must have been a blast to make, how in its way, it might be the most subversive record Ween has ever released, etc. *But, and this is a big “but,” as I said in the write-up, I just don’t think the songs here are as strong/memorable as the songs on *any other Ween record, and that includes Shinola. There are some very good songs on this record, songs where the arrangements help the material along rather than stalling it out—songs that would be memorable even if they were presented in a whole different style. As I wrote above, I think “Mucus” is the peak here for me; I really like “You Were the Fool” and “I Don’t Wanna Leave You on the Farm” too. But when things start feeling too hokey/jokey, as on “I’m Holding You” or “Powder Blue,” the album completely loses me. (And I have to say, while I admire the WTF quality of “Fluffy,” I really do not enjoy listening to it. Also, I think “Mister Richard Smoker” is not only not very good; it almost seems mean-spirited, something I’m not sure I’d say about any other Ween song.)

    I guess I just feel like Ween’s genre experiments work best when they arise and recede within the larger flow of an album—like, say, “Bananas and Blow” on White Pepper or “Learnin’ to Live” on La Cucaracha or “Buenas Tardes” on C&C or —rather than when they become this sustained, somewhat forced-feeling conceit. This is the only album where, to me, it feels like Ween is trying too hard—not to be funny or irreverent, exactly; maybe offbeat or unpredictable is the word, i.e., “What’s the most counterintuitive thing we could do?” I say this with all (i.e., an enormous amount of) due respect to Dean and Gene, but to me, 12GCG is far more intriguing in concept than execution; unlike just about every other Ween record, I’m pretty much never in the mood to hear it.

    By the way, to David Moore, who mentioned my “Tried and True” oversight, you’re absolutely right to call me out on that. That song is goddamn incredible—one of the best on the album and one of Ween’s best, period. Thanks for the reminder.

    And again, a sincere thanks to all for reading/commenting!

    -HS

    P.S. I tried to come up with a “Top 10 Ween Songs” list and failed miserably. These 31 tracks, listed in no particular order, are more or less the core canon for me:

    Baby Bitch
    Exactly Where I’m At
    Pork Roll Egg and Cheese
    She’s Your Baby
    If You Could Save Yourself (You’d Save Us All)
    Gabrielle
    Your Party
    Dr. Rock
    Birthday Boy
    Slow Down Boy
    The Stallion, Pt. 3
    Don’t Get 2 Close 2 My Fantasy
    What Deaner Was Talkin’ About
    Buckingham Green
    I Don’t Want It
    Tried and True
    Even If You Don’t
    The Argus
    Did You See Me?
    Sketches of Winkle
    Push th’ Little Daisies
    Sarah
    Light Me Up
    My Own Bare Hands
    Stay Forever
    Flutes of Chi
    Chocolate Town
    Ocean Man
    Demon Sweat
    A Tear for Eddie
    Freedom of ’76

    Here is the above list on Spotify (minus “Birthday Boy,” b/c GWS isn’t on there, and “Don’t Get 2 Close…,” which is also missing for some reason): http://open.spotify.com/user/hankshteamer/playlist/0qDbD19xseX8QsooYiYEn3

  32. For shits and giggles, here’s my list:
    10. La Cucaracha (they were obviously running out steam here – with the exception of Blue Balloon and Your Party, I find this album kind of unlistenable)
    9. White Pepper (probably Ween’s most “accessible” album, which is bad in my eyes)
    8. 12 Golden Country Greats
    7. Shinola
    6. God Ween Satan
    5. Pure Guava
    4. Quebec
    3. The Pod
    2. Chocolate and Cheese
    1. The Mollusk

    • re: La Cucaracha, Object, Woman and Man, and Sweetheart are all good to great IMO. I’d still put it at # 10.

      • learnin to love and my own bare hands are my favorites on that album, probably only after hearing them live.

        • I agree about White Pepper being their most accessible… I think it is the closest they ever came to trying to reach and please the masses of the popular music scene.
          However, they did it in their own way and still had enough brownness to make it a respectable Ween album. This could have been the direction Ween moved, but instead they stayed true to themselves and dipped into the mainstream only enough to get their dicks wet. And that’s a beautiful thing.

  33. 12 Golden is dead last??? Dudes….

  34. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to compare my favorite albums with my “most listened to Ween songs” on last.fm:
    1. Ocean Man
    2. Mutilated Lips
    3. The Golden Eel
    4. The Grobe
    5. The Mollusk
    6. Don’t Get 2 Close 2 My Fantasy
    7. How High Can U Fly?
    8. Blue Balloon
    9. Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese
    10. You Were the Fool

  35. I can’t even look at the rest of this list if 12 Golden Country greats is worst.

  36. Better random appearance… Jane Pratt Show or It’s Pat Movie?

  37. Best Live album(official release)… Chicago, Stubbs, Toronto, All Requests, Cat’s Cradle?

    I think I’d go ARL, best versions of “Tried and True” and “reggaejunkiejew” ever.

  38. I stopped when i saw God WEEN Satan at #9. Really?

  39. The only band I see eye to eye on with my dopey jam band brother and my prog rock loving older brother. Ween brings families together, this list should have been released next Thursday. Ween is the thanksgiving of rock; different parts from different regions all coming together to honor family/country/boognish.

    • everytime i wear a ween shirt out at least ONE person stops me and compliments me. and everytime i turn to the person i’m with and say “see? ween brings people together”.

  40. No Ween album touches anything that Moistboyz or the super group Z-Rock Hawaii has ever released.

  41. Also, who the fuck names their kids Dean and Gene Ween. Their parents must have been real twats.

  42. Piss Up a Rope is one of the best songs ever.

    On your knees you big booty bitch start sucking.

  43. Ween best songs: Listen to the Mollusk. They were on 10. And took it to 11.

  44. As a disclaimer: I’m not Ween fan numero uno, I didn’t listen to them for three hours last night while masturbating, I didn’t mail them a vial of my horse’s blood one time after listening to Guava, I don’t own a t-shirt, didn’t see them live when they were just Wee (before they were Ween), don’t really respect them that much as artists, could live the rest of my life without hearing another song, but. . .

    Any list not having Chocolate and Cheese #1 is questionable; any list having 12 CGG last is questionable, and any attempt at a “canon” of Ween hits not including Voodoo Lady reeks of Stereogum-esque pretense.

    • I did listen to Ween for three hours last night while masturbating and when Voodoo Lady came on I actually went a little soft. Great tune, but one could easily make a top ten list without it.

      (I shot my load during “A Tear For Eddie” btw)

  45. I never listened to Quebec, but no way is White Pepper better than The Mollusk. I’ve always thought WP was pretty middling, whereas The Mollusk is their masterpiece, an opinion I believe they even share.

  46. The debate could go on for days. My tastes are much different than the top ten here and my tastes all depend upon where I was when I first heard each album. Mollusk was the soundtrack to the greatest year of my younger life. Go fetch a bottle of rum dear friend…

    What is not debatable is how painful it is to know that I will never witness a live performance of this band again. Never hear the liquid gold flowing from the throat of gener nor see the joyfully painful jam face of deaner in person. Good god damn.

  47. Ok, suggestions for new best of lists:

    echo & the bunnymen songs
    new order albums
    u2 albums
    trail of dead songs

  48. I feel like we could all have a totally different top ten list.
    That is what makes Ween so good; they have an incredible ability to get so many different sounds and make songs that are so good in multiple genres… Not many bands or musicians can do that.

  49. eh. the list is not that great. quebec should NOT be number one, or even really in the top 5. it’s brilliant, but so is ween everything. they’re so across the board that that’s what makes this list valid. but that’s the boognish, it’s all over the place. nobody does it like them. and no one ever will. whenever someone says “well, this band is a lot like ween” or “i want my band to be sort of like ween” i’m like “what the fuck does that even mean?”

    personally, this would be my list:

    1: the mollusk
    2: chocolate and cheese
    3: the pod
    4: pure quava
    5: godweensatan
    6: quebec
    7: shinola
    8: 12 country golden greats
    9: white pepper

    10: la cucaracha
    8:

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