Songs You May Have Missed #629

The Dean Ween Group: “Exercise Man” (2016)

Dean Ween and Gene Ween–Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman respectively–have made a career of what reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine called “cheerful vulgarity”.

But with Dean and Gene each having now released solo material, it’s easy to discern that Dean was the writer more given to the madcap Zappa-esque tendencies and showcases for guitar pyrotechnics while Gene provided the smoother, more mellifluous  moments of a typical Ween album.

“Exercise Man” is credited to the Dean Ween Group, but it’s classic Ween.

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Songs You May Have Missed #498


Ween: “Flutes of Chi” (2000)

Described by Mojo magazine as “Top-notch whiteboy radio rock with an eerie inner glow of Manson family sunshine…” Ween seems like the band the term “genre-bending” was coined to describe.

On 2000’s White Pepper album and “Flutes of Chi” we catch them in (mostly) straightforward, irony-free form, as they salute traditional Lennon/McCartney-influenced pop.

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