3ffe81b0c8a0cfc7d53ac110lWe’re gonna stay on this 90s hangover tip for a minute. While I’m a fan of the majority of the Ween output, it’s the early lo-fi stuff through The Mollusk that I return to on the regular. Dean and Gene were clearly inspired by, and doing it for, the Boognish. That and several half dozen cans of Scotch Guard, bless their hearts.

Last year we revisited Flaming Lips Transmissions From The Satellite Heart, and after a youtube binge watching the Lips “She Don’t Use Jellyvideo I got to thinking about Ween’s third studio album, Pure Guava. Like the Lips “Jelly,” Ween scored heavy rotation on the channel with their video for “Push Th’ Little Daisies.” Remember that?  No? It’s two weirdos running around gobbling fast food, watermelons and psilocybin mushrooms. Not at all ready for prime time, the video stands as yet another example of those odd ’90s MTV moments that were, in hindsight, completely and absolutely out of place.

Guava, even more so that Transmissions, is the sound of two guys with ostensibly no commercial ambitions, and yet, through the medium of MTV (and a slot on the zeitgeist chronicler that was Beavis And Butt-head) landed in millions of living rooms.  Sure, “Daisies” may be an outlier, a fluke, but for those who heard the track, went out and bought the album, brought it home and actually got it — it was some pretty subversive shit.  Say what you will about MTV and its demise, but in 2010, with all of us so splintered into our niche interests, I can’t think of another medium that could have the same effect. With commercial radio all but dead, and MTV focusing on everything but music, the closest thing we now have to a “Daisiesmoment would be a music supervisor slipping a track into a TV show or commercial; i.e. something that crosses socio-economic boundaries. Somehting to think about.

And with that I leave you with the 1-2 punch that is “The Goin’ Gets Tough From The Getgo” into “Reggaejunkijew.” Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid, indeed.

MP3: Ween :: The Goin’ Gets Tough from the Getgo
MP3: Ween :: Reggaejunkiejew

12 Responses to “Ween :: The Subversive Tease, or Pure Guava Revisited”

  1. I agree with you that the lo-fi stuff is the material I enjoy the most. I don’t know if it was the “no commercial ambitions” or not, but it was more enjoyable.

    And yeah, what happened to MTv?

  2. NICE!!! All that food has me hungry for a pork roll, egg, cheese….. and bacon!

  3. I couldn’t agree more with the opinion that everything up to and touching The Mollusk is utterly fascinating. The really cool part about Pure Guava is how pretty some of it is.
    I simply can’t listen to 90’s mainstays like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc…but early Ween still hits the money spot.

    Bloc out.

  4. Yess, glad to see Ween getting some recognition. Fans who over look this album have a hard time enjoying live shows to their full extent. Tender situation, touch my tooter, big jilm, and Don’t Get To Close(To My Fantasy) are gold.

  5. yes, this album is the shit.underwater psychedelic fucked daydream.

  6. […] Ween did it all for the Scotch Guard, the Scotch Guard, the Scotch […]

  7. This post is on the money. Although I must say, the maybe 3 people in the world who’ve heard the early Ween but not post-Mollusk stuff should not be discouraged from listening to their later albums. Quebec is, IMO, arguably the best album they’ve ever made, White Pepper and La Cucaracha have some fantastic stuff, Shinola is essential, and 12GCG is fascinating. Not to mention the Friends EP. Basically, Ween has yet to release anything resembling a dud.

  8. I’m a White Pepper man, myself. FWIW, I think it’s their most emotionally accessible record–I’ll take “Flute of the Chi” over “Daisies” any day. That said, the whole discography’s solid. The live in Toronto with the Shit Creek Boys disc is amazing, too.

  9. Cool post – definitely an album to remember.

    The weirdest part? “Push Th’ Little Daisies”was a top-40 hit in Australia, where Ween still enjoys fame. Good times.

    Just for giggles – my favorite Ween moment lately is “Gabrielle”, an outtake from the “Chocolate and Cheese” sessions that showed up on one of those b-side comps later on. It’s Ween doing Thin Lizzy… and it’s incredible.

  10. This is a really insightful post. I wasn’t even alive when Ween first started putting Music out, but about a year ago I bought Quebec on a whim, never having heard any or their stuff (I don’t live under a rock btw) and since then my tastes have changed dramatically. I can’t do Weezer or Nirvana or any of the stuff I used to think was great. I have been able to enjoy literally every album to some extent, though Craters of the Sac is by far my least listened to. Because I started this off with Quebec, I consider myself a post-Mollusk listener, but I really love the stuff on pure guava too. All I really want to add to this Pure Guava love fest is a profound appreciation of Luving u thru it all. In my world of listening this is the epitomy of Ween though and through. Songs like Object, Bananas and Blow, Buckingham Green and It’s Gonna be (alright) are the songs I play for people who I don’t think are capable of appreciating Ween fully, but who still can know good music when they hear it.

  11. This is supposedly the only video that left Beavis & Butthead speechless.

  12. Pure Guava is such a mix of stuff. But all great in my opinion. I am a die hard fan and like it all.
    Freak Rock , Acid punk, psychedelic country? Hard to classify , but that is why they are fun

    Bucks county shout!

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