Ween's a band. Ween is Two Guys. Those Two Guys are Dean Ween and Gene Ween, no relation. They make the songs with the music, the music and the Scotchgard.They're multi-instrumentalists and sometimes the only performers on their albums. Gene is usually the lead singer, and Dean the lead guitarist.Recently, Gene announced that he was retiring his "Gene Ween" alter ego and more or less declared the band broke up, much to Dean's surprise.
Album Title Drop: 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.
Arc Words: 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 Rip Van Winkle.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "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!"
Black Comedy: 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.
Blatant Lies: 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."
Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: The band is nothing less than dedicated in the quest to cram their obsession with cheese into what seems like every other song.
Brain Bleach: With song titles like "Suckin' Blood from the Devil's Dick," new listeners should keep some handy.
Broken Record: The phrase, "Pork roll egg and cheese on a kaiser bun," is repeated in the background throughout the entirety of "She Fucks Me."
Cluster F-Bomb: "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.
Continuity Nod: "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 Shout-Out to Bob Dylan, 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."
Deadpan Snarker: 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 noisy guitar solo in an early version of "Buckingham Green" and once it ends, Gene asks the crowd, "Wanna hear it again?"
Digital Piracy Is Evil: Inverted, for the most part. They have actually encouraged the use of fan torrents like 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 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.
Does Not Like Shoes: Both Dean and Gene, and most of the other members in the band's history, during shows.
Epic Rocking: 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.
Indecipherable Lyrics: 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.
Intentionally Awkward Title: 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." ("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".
Letters 2 Numbers: 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 Shout-Out to Prince, one of the band's primary influences.
Lyrical Dissonance: Never more so than when they write one of the prettiest tunes you've ever heard and fill it with Incredible Vulgarity.
Man of a Thousand Voices: 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 Jim Morrison style vocals on "Take Me Away," the bizarre growling of "I Can't Put My Finger On It," the Mexican speaking in "Beunos 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 Prince imitation on "L.M.L.Y.P.".
Mind Screw: They actually use the phrase in "Marble Tulip Juicy Tree," making them possibly the Trope Namer. It also happens in a lot of their songs, such as "Mourning Glory."
Miniscule Rocking: 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.
New Sound Album: 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.
Noise Rock: Also Noise Pop, 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.
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 Sides.
Overly-Long Gag: 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!")
Stage Name: Dean Ween's real name is Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo, Jr.; Gene Ween's is Aaron Freeman.
Stealth Parody: 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 Progressive Rock.
Step Up to the Microphone: Some songs like "Awesome Sound," "Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony?," and "Pumpin' 4 the Man" feature Dean Ween on vocals. "Little Birdy" is also the only song with lead vocals by Mean Ween.
Straw Fan: Their live-only song, "Leave Deaner Alone," is about this.
Studio Chatter: GodWeenSatan: The Oneness is full talking before, after, and sometimes during the songs.
Take That: The rarity, "I Hate The Smiths (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 thats to Pizza Hut, 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.
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.
The Something Song: 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.
Younger than They Look: 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.