On this day, Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo, Jr. was born in New Hope, PA. New Hope is a lot like other small towns in eastern Pennsylvania, historic and boring. Eventually, Melchiondo met Aaron Freeman in a high school typing class. Soon after, they both changed their names to Dean & Gene and started a band called Ween.
- Dean Ween + a Fish
I don't think I have a position on the music of Ween. There are certain songs that I really like, "Pork Roll Egg & Cheese," "Pollo Asado," and the 1992 single "Push th' Little Daisies." Otherwise, I somehow never really paid any attention. They seemed forced weird and had a fan base of people who prided themselves on liking weird things. Eventually, they joined the league of jam bands, playing countless shows to weed dudes with long hair coming out of the strap hole of a baseball hat. I had a friend in college who really liked Ween, we're friends on Facebook. He regularly writes absolutely inane status updates, usually complaining about how hard it is to find a job and how much beer he drinks. Ultimately though, he seems pretty happy.
Last May, Gene "Aaron Freeman" Ween declared that Ween was over without notifying Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo, Jr. It currently seems unclear if Ween is still a band or not. Concerning the break-up, Dean Ween told MTV, "I can only speak for myself, but as far as I’m concerned, as long as Aaron and I are both alive on this planet, Ween is still together. We’ve never broken up. The idea of quitting is just laughable. This isn’t something you can quit. This is a life sentence."
In 2009, Dean Ween obtained a captain's license and is currently fishing guide.
Since I'm still not sure how I feel about Ween, I crowd-polled the Outernet about general Ween feelings. You'll find those quotes after the jump.
James Burns: They might as well be Insane Clown Posse, TBH.
David Williams: They were the first band I think I ever saw smile through an entire set, as if they were really having fun, but it may have been because it was just the two dudes and a DAT machine.
Cassie Trueblood: I don't think they are that good but they are better than their idiotic name.
Heather Hydra: BARF.
Fang Ela: I can climb the sunny peaks of a fortress in mud. If they weren't so synonymous with fucking Phish (in fan base), I'd appreciate them more.
Amy Bell: I had a dream that I married Gene Ween and we were really happy together! About 30% of their songs are listenable. I think "Stay Forever" is really sweet.
Tyson Pickerel: I don't think I do enough hallucinogens to enjoy a Ween album anymore. You can tell by their music that they don't give a fuck what people think about them. I like that.
Steve Wampus Reynolds: The best live band of the last 25 years. America encapsulated. You've got some total nerd girl friends, Derek.
Eric Randall: "Piss Up a Rope" is a delightful song. But that's the only one I've ever heard.
Andrea Jennings: Their performance on the Jane Pratt talk show was a major moment for 14yr old me.
David Massimini: They're an acquired taste for sure, and pretty hit or miss, but there's definitely a talent among them that they seem to not want people to notice.
Jason Josephes: I have a long history with Ween. I heckled them on Mothers Day 1993. Then they heckled me back.
Jerk Kinney: The worst.
Raymond Salvatore Harmon: Much better when they toured as two guys and a drum machine. They even had a beer roadie then.
Dan 'Danny' Orendorff: They're all pansies!
C.m. Ruiz: I like that Pizza Hut song and i like Pizza Hut. I always thought they were like Phish or Primus or something.
Jordan Morris: Ween is good. I like one out of five songs.
Erol Cims: Left the concert at Aragon Ballroom after 20 minutes.
Shaine Truscott: NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
Travis Ritter: The first time I did mushrooms, I was listening to The Mollusk and watching The Tick.
Heather Hydra: Travis loses.
Leif Anders: I think they are from somewhere in Pennsylvania. I'm going to check right now. Fuck yeah brain! New Hope, PA. "Piss Up A Rope" is clever. First music video I ever saw of theirs was "Even If You Don't" from White Pepper. I thought it was a band made of Matt Stone and Trey Parker at first.
Penac Pendasta: That Meningitis song is really creepy and hard to listen to.
Tom Lawler: So dumb it veers into the realm of genius.
Drew DeCounter: My friends in college told me that I looked like Gene Ween. Ween is/was a fantastic band that blended novelty and silliness with a wide variety of musical styles. They're no Huey Lewis, but what is?
Sarah Galvin: I enjoy the song "Fancy Pants."
Pete Koneda: Ween? I think I liked one of their songs before. Oh, wait. No I didn't.
Emily Pothast: I wonder how many women there are currently living in the world who have been successfully seduced by "LMLYP." The number is certainly more than zero, but probably less than 15.
Travis Ritter: It was always discouraging when I'd go to a Ween concert and see some knucklehead wearing a tie-dyed String Cheese Incident shirt. Beavis and Butthead were the instigators to my life-long adoration of the band. I have seduced many women to "LMLYP."
Jonathan Read: I loved them before they got a band. Then, I just liked them.
Inga Grossman: Love 'em.
John Roeser: I am the Stallion, mang. Seriously tho, The Pod and GodWeenSatan are transcendent. Later stuff, eh. It's a different thing.
Kelli Bielema: Weeners.
John Totten: I cry whenever I hear the song "Fluffy."
Ana Maria Bezanilla: HAHAHA.
Greg Shirilla: Hated them for years. Then I found out they were good.
Keith Whiteman: The Pod, according to Ween-lore, was written under the influence of Scotchgard, but this was later refuted by Gene and Dean themselves as being "the most slime-bag thing we could think of". The contraption on the album cover is not a Scotchgard inhalation device, but a bong-like device used to send THC directly to the brain by use of nitrous oxide, which was said to leave the user intoxicated for days.
Unfrozen Caveman-Lawyer: They make my Weenis hard.
Chad Belfor: I saw them at Reed in 1992 and it was super confusing for me.
Tony Mendoza: A luckier Frogs. Maybe soon we'll start seeing Nuggets/Pebbles comps from all the 80's/90's 4-track joke bands that never made it out of the basement. Not a huge Ween fan per se, but "Pollo Asado" is close to comic perfection.
Laura McIntyre: They made me actually try chocolate and cheese and I threw up.