[[caption-width-right:350:It's kinda like that.]]
Influenced by:
+ Music/TheBeatles, Music/GeorgeClinton, Music/{{Prince}}, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeadKennedys, Music/BillyJoel, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand, Music/ButtholeSurfers, Music/{{Devo}}, Music/EarthWindAndFire]

Ween's a band. Ween is [[ThoseTwoGuys Two Guys]]: Dean Ween and Gene Ween, no relation. They met in junior high in [[QuirkyTown New Hope]], UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}}. They make the songs with the music, the music and the Scotchgard.

They're multi-instrumentalists and sometimes [[IAmTheBand the only performers on their albums]]. Gene is usually the lead singer, and Dean the lead guitarist.

The band is known for their GenreRoulette sound, playing anything from hardcore punk to be-bop jazz. They are commonly thought to be a comedy band, though while they have many humorous songs their music is mostly serious.

Gene announced that he was retiring his "Gene Ween" alter ego and more or less declared the band broken up, much to Dean's surprise. However, they're reuniting for a series of concerts in early 2016.

!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* Claude Coleman Jr. - drums, vocals (1994-2012, 2016-Present)
* Dave Dreiwitz - bass, vocals (1997-2012, 2016-Present)
* '''Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween)''' - lead vocals, guitar (1984-2012, 2016-Present)
* Glenn Mcclelland - keyboards, vocals (1997-2012, 2016-Present)
* '''Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo (Dean Ween)''' - lead guitar, vocals (1984-2012, 2016-Present)
* Andrew Weiss - bass (1994-1997), production (1984-1999, 2003-2007)
* Chris "Cribber" Williams (Mean Ween) - bass, vocals (1989-1994)

!! Studio Discography:

* 1990 - ''Godweensatan: The Oneness''
* 1991 - ''The Pod''
* 1992 - ''Pure Guava''
* 1994 - ''Chocolate And Cheese''
* 1996 - ''12 Golden Country Greats''
* 1997 - ''The Mollusk''
* 2000 - ''White Pepper''
* 2003 - ''Quebec''
* 2007 - ''La Cucaracha''

!! Live Discography:

* 1999 - ''Paintin' The Town Brown: Live '90 - '98''
* 2003 - ''Live At Stubb's, 7/2000''
* 2003 - ''All Request Live''
* 2004 - ''Live In Chicago''
* 2008 - ''At The Cat's Cradle, 1992''
* 2016 - ''Godweensatan Live''

!! Other Albums:

* 1998 - ''Craters Of The Sac''
* 2005 - ''Shinola Vol. 1''
* 2007 - ''The Friends EP''
* 2011 - ''The Caesar Demos''

!!Stuck in my cabana, living on bananas and Tropes:

* AffectionateParody: The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/29/Ween-ThePod.jpg cover art]] to ''ThePod'' is a parody of the cover of Music/LeonardCohen's ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/da/The_Best_of_Leonard_Cohen.jpg ''The Best of]]'' album.
** Similarly, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3b/WeenLiveinToronto.jpg ''Live In Toronto Canada'']] has album art that parodies Music/FrankSinatra's [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7f/Itmightaswellbeswing.jpg ''It Might As Well Be Swing'']].
** A lot of their songs are [[AffectionateParody affectionate parodies]] of the particular genre the song is.
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Almost'' done during "Candi" with the line "Chocolate with cheese." The actual name of the album is "Chocolate ''and'' Cheese."
** They do it on "Mononucleosis" from ''The Pod'' ("When you came into the Pod, you told me that something was wrong..."). [[note]] The album was named after the apartment they recorded it in, and the song is the true story of them coming down with mononucleosis while they were living there.[[/note]]
* ArcWords: Guava, Weasel, Brown and Boognish, although the latter is more than just a word.
** ''The Pod'' has a couple bizarre lyrical motifs. Four songs mention a "pork roll egg and cheese" and three mention RipVanWinkle.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Reggaejunkiejew" is a hurricane of seething insults toward whoever the song is about - including telling the person to overdose on heroin and drop dead - but then there's the significantly less harsh but still rude line, "Maybe some people like to eat it, but I think you're a dick!"
* BlackComedy: They have a few darkly humorous songs, such as "Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)" in which Gene imitates a toddler with the life-threatening disease.
* BlackComedyRape: Zigzagged. Dean was asked in [[http://www.mtvhive.com/2012/07/20/ween-dean-ween-interview/ an interview]] whether he had any hesitations about writing the line that involves gang rape in "Cover it With Gas and Set it on Fire" and whether it was a rape joke. He clarifies that the joke to the song isn't the rape, but the fact that [[WordSaladHumor none of it]] [[SurrealHumor makes sense]]; the line in question is "He's a hobble with a wobble at the gang rape" and the following line is "It's an earth chock, war plot, peppermint lasso." Dean sums it up with, "If you think there’s some kind of statement in there, you’re fucking doing more drugs than we were."
* BlatantLies: On the live album, ''At the Cat's Cradle 1992'', during some stage banter, Dean lists a few songs including "Reggaejunkiejew" and says "We don't play any of those songs live." Right after this, they played "Reggaejunkiejew."
* {{Bookends}}: [[spoiler: ''The Mollusk'' starts and ends with "I'm Dancing In The Show Tonight"]].
* BrainBleach: With song titles like "Suckin' Blood from the Devil's Dick," new listeners should keep some handy.
* BrokenRecord: The phrase, "Pork roll egg and cheese on a kaiser bun," is repeated in the background throughout the entirety of "She Fucks Me."
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm2DVfOzEig Tastessssss... Good on the Bun!"]].
* CaptainObvious: "Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?" gives us the line, "He can't talk because he's a pony."
* ClusterFBomb: "Baby, Baby, Baby Bitch/Fuck you, you stinkin'-ass ho" and a lot of other songs as well.
** They greeted the world with, "YOU FUCKED UP!! YOU BITCH, YOU REALLY FUCKED UP!! YOU FUCKED UP, YOU FUCKING NAZI WHORE!!" They relied on this a lot early on.
** Part I of "The Stallion" is composed largely of this.
* ContemptibleCover: Zigzagged with ''Chocolate & Cheese''. They originally wanted it to have a "gay sailor theme" but Elektra thought that would be going too far. Yet for a replacement, Elektra suggested a scantily-clad woman in a Ween belt.
** Played straight with the download-only release ''Craters of the Sac'', whose cover art is a closeup of a scrotum.
* ContinuityNod: "Big Jilm" features the line "It's a pleazel, it's a pleazel my weasel," a reference to their earlier tune, "I Gots A Weasel," whose lyrics were based on similar lines.
** "Baby Bitch" has the line "Wrote 'Birthday Boy' for ya babe", which is a reference to an earlier song of that name. It might also be a ShoutOut to Music/BobDylan, since in the song "Sara" Dylan mentions "Writin' 'Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands' for you".
* {{Corpsing}}: Happens occasionally on some of their more lo-fi albums. For example, near the beginning of "Dr. Rock," you can hear Gene laughing and saying "Let's do it again."
** Maybe the most noticeable on "Blackjack" and "Right to the Ways and the Rules of the World."
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Quebec'' is this compared to most of their albums, as apart from "It's Gonna Be a Long Night" none of the songs have any humor.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In addition to [[StepUpToTheMic the songs on which Dean is the lead singer]], some guitar solos are played by Gene, such as "The Stallion (Part 3)."
* DeadpanSnarker: Both have their moments. Especially noticeable on the ''At the Cat's Cradle, 1992'' live album in which Dean sees the much smaller crowd compared to their previous concert at the venue and quips, "We must have been really good last time we were here." Later, on the same album, Dean plays a very long, very [[NoiseRock noisy]] guitar solo in an early version of "Buckingham Green" and once it ends, Gene asks the crowd, "Wanna hear it again?"
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Inverted, for the most part. They have actually encouraged the use of fan torrents like [[http://www.browntracker.net/ browntracker]] for those who want digital copies of their live songs as well as their now-rare home demos/albums like ''The Crucial Squeegie Lip'' and ''[[Music/JimiHendrix Axis: Bold As Boognish]]'', though they haven't advocated piracy of their studio releases. Dean also runs Ween Radio, an Internet radio stream where fans can request songs and listen to obscure, unreleased, and/or live songs in addition to songs found on their studio albums.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Both Dean and Gene, and most of the other members in the band's history, during shows.
* EpicRocking: When playing live, they've been known to do 30+ minute renditions of songs that are only a fraction of that length on the album and Dean Ween plays noticeably extended solos. It is also not uncommon for their concerts to last three or more hours.
** "Nicole" and "L.M.L.Y.P." from ''[=GodWeenSatan=]'' are both around nine minutes. The version of "Monique the Freak" on ''Craters of the Sac'' is just above the 10 minute mark. "Woman and Man" is 10:48.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: "Never Squeal" features a ''chainsaw'' solo.
** Those beeping noises that solo for a while in "Reggaejunkiejew?" A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_%28game%29 Simon]] game.
* FoodPorn: "Pollo Asado"
* GenreBusting: Every kind of music and noise.
* GenreRoulette
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Dean and Gene have been best friends since middle school and donned stage names that would suggest they're brothers.
* IAmSong: The STALLION (mang)!
* IndecipherableLyrics: In some songs like "The Stallion (Part 2)," "Mourning Glory," and "Poopship Destroyer," there are lines that are so hard to make out that even the official lyrics replace some words with question marks.
** "My Own Bare Hands" devolves into Dean spewing absolute nonsense constructed only partly out of swears.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: The first album, ''God-Ween-Satan: The Oneness'', is itself an example, and gives us: "Licking the Palm for Guava", "Mushroom Festival in Hell", "Marble Tulip Juicy Tree", "Squelch the Weasel", and "L.M.L.Y.P." ([[IntercourseWithYou "Let Me Lick Your Pussy"]])
** ''Way'' on the hardcore side, we have "Put the Coke on My Dick", "Suckin' the Blood from the Devil's Dick" and "She Fucks Me".
* IntercourseWithYou
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: "She Wanted to Leave," " It's Gonna Be (Alright)"
* LastNoteHilarity: During the outro of "It's Gonna Be A Long Night," Dean [[CarefulWithThatAxe wails loudly]] while the instruments play an extremely over-the-top BigRockEnding. Considering the song itself is a tribute to {{Music/Motorhead}}, it's likely just another part of the [[AffectionateParody joke.]]
* TheKillerInMe: [[spoiler: "Buenas Tardes Amigos"]]
* Letters2Numbers: The band has songs with titles like "Pumpin' 4 The Man" and "Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)." They also substitute "You" with "U" frequently, such as "Can U Taste The Waste?" and "Loving U Thru It All." This is probably done as a ShoutOut to Prince, one of the band's primary influences.
* LyricalDissonance: Never more so than when they write one of the prettiest tunes you've ever heard and fill it with Incredible Vulgarity.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Gene Ween. His vocal range is so broad it's almost mindblowing to listen to ''Chocolate And Cheese'' when you realize yes, that's him doing the [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]] style vocals on "Take Me Away," the bizarre growling of "I Can't Put My Finger On It," the Mexican speaking in "Buenas Tardes, Amigo," the country drawl of "Drifter in the Dark," and the falsetto soul singing of "Freedom of '76." And that's just ''five songs'' on ''one album.''
** Gene pulls off a shockingly perfect Music/{{Prince}} imitation on "L.M.L.Y.P.".
** In "Shamemaker", he adopts an exaggerated Southern Californian accent throughout the song, which has been taken as a parody of [[Music/Blink182 Tom Delonge]] (or just typical PopPunk vocals in general)
** ''Push Th' Little Daisies'' is popularly but erroneously believed to have been recorded after a dose of [[HeliumSpeech helium]].
* MindScrew: They actually use the phrase in "Marble Tulip Juicy Tree," making them possibly the TropeNamer. It also happens in a lot of their songs, such as "Mourning Glory."
* MinisculeRocking: ''[=GodWeenSatan=]: The Oneness'' is mostly this, being their most punk-influenced album. There's also the live-only "Cover It With Gas And Set It On Fire" that usually clocks in at about a minute and a half.
* MisogynySong: PlayedWith in "Piss Up a Rope," which appears to be a harsh breakup song with sexist lines like "On your knees you big booty bitch start sucking." Surprisingly enough, Dean claims he wrote the song for his wife.
* MurderBallad: "Buenas Tardes, Amigo"
* {{Narcissist}}: The Stallion.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: But it ''works'', when it's not noise.
* NewSoundAlbum: While most of their albums tend to experiment with several different genres, it's fairly easy to tell which album a song is from. ''[=GodWeenSatan=]'' is mainly punk, hard rock, and metal, ''The Pod'' has mostly slow songs with distorted vocals, ''12 Golden Country Greats'' is nothing but country music, ''The Mollusk'' has a nautical theme, etc.
* NoiseRock: Also NoisePop, Noise Country ("Piss Up A Rope" has a breakdown that would be a good example), Noise Jazz, Noise Reggae ("Voodoo Lady"), Noise Ragtime, Noise Classical, Noise Easy Listening, Noise R & B, and Noise Noise.
* NonIndicativeName: ''12 Golden Country Greats'' has 10 tracks.
** Alternatively, this may refer to the twelve golden country greats who form Ween's backing band on the album. Or even the fact that they recorded 12 songs, but two were left off the album and used as {{B Side}}s.
* OverlyLongGag: At the beginning of "Wayne's Pet Youngin'," rather than counting to 4 like most bands, Dean counts to 25, even though the song is in 4/4.
** In "The Stallion (Part 2)," Gene Ween randomly starts singing the alphabet only to spell "stallion" once he gets to "S-T." ("A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-A-L-L-I-O-N I am the stallion mang!")
* RhymingWithItself: "Puffy Cloud":
-->Drift away on a puffy cloud\\
Go away on a puffy cloud\\
My brain is dead from too much pot\\
Cause Deaner and I smoke too much pot
* SesameStreetCred: "Ocean Man", the ending theme of ''TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''.
** On top of that, Ween also wrote and recorded "Loop de Loop" for a ''SpongeBob'' episode.
* ShapedLikeItself: "A friend's a friend who knows what being a friend is!"
* ShoutOut: ''White Pepper'' efficiently [[TitleDrop references]] '''two''' of [[Music/TheBeatles The Beatles']] [=LP=]s—and, possibly, a classic [[TextlessAlbumCover photograph by Edward Weston]]—in addition to extending the band's long-standing [[FoodSongsAreFunny obsession with the edible]].
* SiameseTwinSongs: "Licking the Palm for Guava" and "Mushroom Festival in Hell." Not only do both songs fade into each other on the album, but they were usually performed together live.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Pretty much all of their songs; as one critic put it, it's like every track on ''Chocolate and Cheese'' was recorded by a different band.
** They're typically so eclectic that ''12 Golden Country Greats'' was SomethingCompletelyDifferent by virtue of having stylistic cohesion.
* SongOfSongTitles: "L.M.L.Y.P." directly lifts most of lyrics from {{Prince}}'s "Shockadelica" and the rap from "Alphabet St."
* StageName: Dean Ween's real name is Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo, Jr.; Gene Ween's is Aaron Freeman.
* StealthParody: While their genre parodies tend to be more obvious, they have a couple of these as well. For example, "Buckingham Green" almost sounds like a serious song rather than a satire of ProgressiveRock. The biggest clue that particular song isn't serious is kind of an esoteric local reference: Despite the dramatic-sounding music and cryptic fantasy-based lyrics, the Buckingham Green they refer to is a Pennsylvania strip mall.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Some songs like "Awesome Sound," "The Blarney Stone," and "I'm In The Mood To Move" feature Dean Ween on vocals.
** "Little Birdy" is the only song with lead vocals by sometimes-bassist Mean Ween.
** The ''Live at Stubb's'' rendition of "Put the Coke on My Dick" features lead vocals by Claude Coleman Jr, Ween's drummer. The same live album also features a cover of Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher", also sung by Claude.
** The demo version of "It's Gonna Be A Long Night" features bassist Dave Dreiwitz on lead vocals.
* StrawFan: Their live-only song, "Leave Deaner Alone," is about this.
* StudioChatter: ''[=GodWeenSatan=]: The Oneness'' is full of talking before, after, and sometimes during the songs.
** The actual first words on their first album are Dean's "'You Fucked Up', by Ween."
* SurrealHumor
* TakeThat: The rarity, "I Hate Music/TheSmiths (And Steven Morrissey)."
** Several of their early songs seem to be {{Take That}}s directed at personal acquaintances -- "Reggaejunkiejew" was apparently about a real-life freeloading, dreadlocked, Jewish heroin addict who the band didn't appreciate coming into their social circle.
** They even delivered a couple {{Take That}}s to PizzaHut, of all things. Pizza Hut had a jingle contest and Ween wrote a brief song called "Where'd the Cheese Go?" When Pizza Hut gave them negative feedback on it, they sent in another jingle named "Bitch, Where'd the Motherfucking Cheese Go At?", which was essentially the same song, only with obscenities thrown into nearly every line. In the ''All Request Live'' version of the song, they had a more subtle one that talked about going to Papa John's (one of Pizza Hut's main competitors) to get some cheese.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Their cover of Music/BillyJoel's "Piano Man" sounds like an honest attempt at a note-for-note cover with some of the lyrics in the wrong order at first. Then there's the new chorus: "Sing us a song, you're the piano man/[[BrainBleach Put some coke on my dick tonight!]]"
* ThemeNaming: Dean Ween, Gene Ween, and their former bassist, Mean Ween. In his side project, Moistboyz, Dean is known as Mickey Moist and singer Guy Heller is known as Dickie Moist.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: ''The Pod'' contains no less than four songs with references to pork roll, egg, and cheese: "Frank", "Awesome Sound", "She Fucks Me", and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Pork Roll Egg and Cheese"]].
** Nearly every album has at least one song that mentions guava, or has it in its title.
** They also seem to have a thing for bacon; "Awesome Sound" mentions a "pork roll egg cheese and bacon," "Freedom of '76" has a line about a bacon steak, and "Even If You Don't" has a line about bacon.
* TheSomethingSong: ''The HIV Song'': "Da da, da Da da da da Da! Dada Dada Da Da Da Dun Dun Dun Da Da Dada dada dun. '''AIDS.''' Da da, da Da da da da Da! Dada Dada Da Da Da Dun Dun Dun Da Da Dada dada dun. '''HIV.'''" repeat.
* TreyParkerAndMattStone: Co-directed the music video for "Even If You Don't."
* VillainSong: "Object," about a serial killer.
* WhamLine: In ''Buenas Tardes, Amigo'' -- a song about a man hunting down his brother's murderer:
-->Now... now that I've found you\\
On this most joyous day\\
[[spoiler:I tell you it was '''''me''''' who killed him]]\\
[[spoiler:But the truth I'll never have to say.]]
* {{Underboobs}}: Prominently featured on the cover to ''Chocolate And Cheese''.
* VerbalTic: "Fat Lenny" is built around this. The song title is dropped over 30 times in under two minutes.
* WordSaladLyrics: Several examples on every album. Would be TrueArtIsIncomprehensible if it weren't so obvious that they were doing it for the humor value.
** "[[UpToEleven Mutilated]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Lips]]."
* YoungerThanTheyLook: While Gene is six months older than Dean, he looked quite a bit older in the band's later years due to his thinning, grey hair and receding hairline in contrast do Dean's full head of brown hair. The fact that Gene did harder drugs longer and more frequently than Dean didn't help things, either; the reason he quit the band, in fact, was that being in it wasn't helping him to stay sober.
* YourMom: From the live-only "Leave Deaner Alone":
-->[[StrawFan You're like a little fucking puppy dog for me to abuse]]\\
Asking me what strings do I like to use\\
I use nickel-wound doodie when I wanna rock\\
And I buy 'em from your mother when she's sucking my cock