Friday, 29 October 2010
One thing i'll have to say, Ween isn't the kind of band you'd want to be caught listening to by your mother or girlfriend (unless she's uber cool). If there is such a thing as gonzo music then Ween certainly defines it. They have no genre or 'sound' that defines them. Every album, some more than others, seem to be a mish mash of many musical sounds, styles and genres that all seem to be done so masterfully and so well, albeit with a bit gonzo humor thrown in. Alot of the songs will be like nothing you've ever heard before and may even be uncomfortable to listen to the first time round, but trust me, once you catch the bug you'll be sitting at your computer with your coffee and headphones thinking you're listening to the music of the gods (or at least the music of Boognish). But yeah, give them a try. I recommend their whole back catalog, just pick one and enjoy. Though "The Mollusc" really stood out for me when I first ventured into weendom.
One reviewer summed the band up in a way better than I ever could. "Their music is too goofy to be taken seriously, too profound to be a joke, too offensive for radio, too ugly for the mainstream, too sweet for misanthropes and too varied to be summed up in one or even 10 songs"
If you're a music fan like me then some of you will eventually get to the stage where you think you've heard everything that's worth listening to. Every now and then you stumble upon an artist that gives you a nice surprise and restores your faith in there being more good music out there but as time goes by these gems get harder and harder to find. It's pretty safe to say there's not much hope in a new band coming on the scene to rock everyones socks off and save the state of music as it is today. Would be great if it happened, you can only hope, but lets just assume it isn't gonna. So where's a better place to look for great music than the past? Stuff long forgotten by teenagers of the past and stuff much unknown to the teenagers of today. Band's your dad or now aging cousins, uncles, aunts and friends loved. They are out there my friend and only the most keen treasure hunters can find these lodes of musical genius (and sometimes just intelligence). So to help fellow prospectors i'm gonna dedicate this blog to recommending (and hopefully not put you off) any lesser known acts that should really be held in high regard up there with the commercial greats.