Ween - The Pod (1990)
Ween. I can talk for hours about this band. Some people love them, many hate them. But no one, once they have heard them, will ever forget them. I was away visiting my friend at college when I first heard these guys. I had taken some magic shrooms and was in a strange college house and some guys put on 'Chocolate and Cheese', which I found out later was their most mainstream album at the time. It blew me away. I went home and purchased everything I could get my hands on by Ween. When I got The Pod, I remember racing home from the store and putting in the cd and laying on my bed to fully take in the experience. This was some fucked up shit! The album was recorded on a 4-track over the course of a summer, while they were living on a farm in Mt. Hope, Pa. They were under the influence of many, many narcotics while recording this, and you can definitely tell. The cover of the album is a spoof on the old Leonard Cohen album, except it features their friend Mean Ween on the front, and he is sporting a contraption they created called a Scotchgard bong. I won't go into what that is if you don't already know. Now I can't really explain much about the music, except to say, just listen to it and form your own opinion. But you must keep and open mind, it's not your typical song structure, in fact,their might not be any song structure. The music is fun, and you can tell they had fun making this album. Ween is comprised of two best friends from junior high, that got together and made music that was way ahead of their time. Well, I have rambled enough and have managed to give a horrible description of this album, so I think I am done. Please download this and try it. enjoy. oh and as a side note.. the song 'Mononucleosis' is a favorite of mine. Both Dean and Gene Ween contacted severe cases of Mono while living at The Pod, and it bleeds through to most of the album.