Friday, March 6, 2009


Its Friday and that means that its time for DJ Alisha's Record Revisit. 

If you don't know what that means, check out my previous blog here about this new segment I've started. 

So you voted and this week's Record Revisit winner is Ween's album Pure Guava


Artist: Ween
Album: Pure Guava
Label: Elektra 
Year: 1992

I must have bought this album after hearing Ween on Beavis and Butt-head. You remember the "Push th' Little Daisies" skit? Well I loved their voices and needed to own their music. 

Nowadays when I play Ween on the radio, I find myself wanting to play songs from Mollusk, 12 Golden Country Greats or their latest album La Cucaracha. I remember for a while "Freedom of '76" from Chocolate and Cheese would get requested ALL the time, to the point it was annoying that I never play songs from that anymore, even though I really like that album (and I know guys like the cover of that album). 

So I'm listening to Pure Guava and I'm drugged up now on cold medicine and all I can think right now is this is a really great stoner record. I don't smoke "the pot," however, its kind of transforming me into the mindset as if I was. I feel all noodle-y and I realize I don't play songs off this record on the radio because there's a lot of curse words. 

"Push th' Little Daisies" is still a cool quirky song, but I'm liking "Touch My Tooter," "Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)," "Tender Situation," "The Stallion Pt. 3" and "Poop Ship Destroyer" better. A song that killed my "noodle-y" buzz is "Pumpin' 4 the Man" ...its a little too cloying for me in my snot-nosed, flu-like state. But then the album redeems itself with the next song, a slow song, "Sarah" with female vocals. "Big Jilm" is pretty kooky cute too. 

I don't know about you,  but I group Ween together with the group The Frogs and out of the two bands, I listen to The Frogs more, so I'm glad I'm revisiting this album again today. All in all, I like this album (actually a lot), but I don't see myself putting this on as "my album" again anytime soon. Its definitely one of those albums that complimented a different time in my life.

I really like the Ween brothers (BTW: they're not really brothers by birth, but they might as well be), they have a great sense of humor and are great songwriters even if their music many sound "weird" to some. 

I saw them at Red Rocks a while back and they have such devoted fans. My brother is a huge fan. At one of their Red Rocks shows he was doing a cookout in the parking lot handing out "weeners" to people and making friends who love Ween just as much as him. I like them a lot, but I wouldn't consider myself a "Ween-hard" or whatever the fans call themselves. A few years ago I remember reading this great A.V. Club interview with Dean Ween where he said that fans come to the town in Pennsylvania where they live all the time to find them. Dean said that while he used to love hanging out with fans, he doesn't want to be bothered much anymore (I need to find that article, it gave me a fresh perspective to the band at that time).   

Ween has been making records for about 25 years and I appreciate all of them, even if they're not "culturally important" on a mass scale, I think they at least deserve a listen. I'm glad I revisited Pure Guava for you today. 

Rock out with me, won't you: 

1)Galaxie 500 - Copenhagen
2)Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Good Son
3)Destroyer - City of Daughters

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  1. Having seen Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at the Ogden last September, I've been listening to a lot of Cave since. The Good Son was the first of his albums to really speak to me. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this classic.

  2. The "Galaxy 500" is a an awesome car, but I understand the band sounds like a bunch of hippies, so *no thanks!*

    I love "the Good Son" but have listened to it about a thousand times.

    So, I'm voting for "Destroyer." I understand that they dont' sound anything like Slayer, but who wouldn't want to visit a "City of Daughters."

  3. Those are not female vox on 'Sarah' - it is Gener.

    Copenhagen + 1

  4. Really Gene? I saw in the liner notes that a woman sang on there, so I thought it was that. Gene -he sounds so pretty and has great range.

  5. Hi Alisha. It's Rachel. Hmmm...I love Galaxie 500 (P.S. Don't read Dean Wareham's book Black Postcards. Booooring.) but I agree that I know more about them than I probably need to. Same with Nick Cave and his seeds. However, I've never heard of Destroyer...and whether I would like their music. If YOU review the album, then I'll have a better idea!