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  • Acceptable Targets: Hippies in the early song "Hippie Smell". Interesting in retrospect because 1) their improv-heavy live performances, along with Phish covering "Roses Are Free", eventually started to make them somewhat popular with fans of jam bands, and 2) they also have "So Long Jerry", a completely sincere tribute to Jerry Garcia.
  • Awesome Music: A lot of it, especially when the band does prog.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Can all of their music be this?
    • However, Transdermal Celebration, as well as some other songs they came out with as they grew the beard, don't really count.
    • Some albums, like The Pod, are so full of noise and weird that when a nice, pleasant, normal song comes along, it comes across as a BLAM.
    • The song "Don't Laugh (I Love You)" is, for the most part, a silly love song with slightly unconventional lyrics. And then there's this completely inexplicable bridge:
    Ernest Hemingway would always be there for me
    But now Ernest Hemingway is dead
  • Epic Riff: Several.
    • "Frank"
    • "Awesome Sound" when played live is ten minutes of one epic riff.
    • "It's Gonna Be a Long Night"
    • "The Grobe"
    • "Transitions"
    • "Can U Taste the Waste?"
    • "Woman and Man"
  • Face of the Band: While they've had a fairly consistent backing band since adding one to their sound, Dean and Gene tend to be more widely known. Among non-fans, Dean is probably slightly more well-known for his occasional session work, such as playing on Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: An early Ween bio from Twin/Tone Records joked that Gene (Aaron) was punished by Boognish for trying to leave the band. Then in 2012 Aaron actually left the band to escape his alcohol and drug addiction.
  • Funny Moments: So, so many.
    • The At the Cat's Cradle DVD performance of "The Going Gets Tough from the Getgo" has a couple. For one, there's Gener's priceless facial expressions after flubbing the lyrics by trying to begin the verse instead of repeating the chorus, a mistake he makes several times in a row. More amusingly, though, there's Dean Ween's ad-libbed line that comes completely out of left field: "Stick it between my titties, Gener, and make me cum!"
    • Speaking of Dean's live adlibs, there's also the version of "The Blarney Stone" on their Live in Chicago DVD. This rendition of the song features an improvised verse that arguably has some of their most audacious lines ever, such as "I got cancer in me crack / I've got tumors on me nutsack."
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  • Growing the Beard: Whether you prefer their early "brown" albums, Chocolate and Cheese and beyond, or all of it, their early independent albums they recorded as teens are universally regarded as worse than their major label releases.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Ocean Man" began to spike in popularity with YouTube and Vine video makers in 2016. This is likely tied to "Ocean Man" being the end credits song for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, leading to several videos where it's played over other movie or show endings.
  • Mondegreen: The title phrase in "Ocean Man" has been misheard in a variety of ways, including (but not limited to) "oh she-man", "wash a man", "oh shit man", and "wosha man".
  • Older Than They Think: The vocals in "Push th' Little Daisies" - especially during the last verse - are sometimes described as an Eric Cartman impression despite the song being recorded years before the first episode of South Park aired.
  • Signature Song: Either "Push Th' Little Daises" or "Ocean Man".
  • Squick: A lot of their songs could provoke this reaction, especially "Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)".
  • Tear Jerker: "Transdermal Celebration" is already a remarkably heartbreaking song (especially when you consider the band's general output), but add the official video by Adam Phillips of Brackenwood fame, and it's absolutely devastating. Actually a great deal of Quebec is rather sorrowful in tone.
    And if the mist ever lets the sun through...
    I just hope I did the right thing for me and you.
    • "Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)" also counts, given the subject matter.
    • "I Don't Want It" and "If You Could Save Yourself You Could Save Us All" from quebec are both very clearly about Gene's divorce.
  • Vindicated by History: Quebec. It wasn't well-received on its' initial release and polarised the fanbase for its overtly prog-rock sound and more serious-than-usual subject matter, brought upon by Gener's divorce and Claude Coleman's car accident (Dean Ween would go on to describe the record as having a Jonestown vibe). Response to the album has become much more positive in recent times, with Stereogum declaring it in 2012 to be the best Ween album.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Inverted, a-lot of it was made on drugs.


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