120 Reasons To Live: Ween

Nothing did more to further the cause of Alternative Nation-building than 120 Minutes, MTV’s Sunday-night video showcase of non-mainstream acts. For nearly two decades, the program spanned musical eras from ’80s college rock to ’00s indie, with grunge, Britpop, punk, industrial, electronica and more in between. MAGNET raids the vaults to resurrect our 120 favorite and unjustly forgotten videos from the show’s classic era.

#40: Ween “Push Th’ Little Daisies”

In 1992, it was definitely unclear whether Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Gene and Dean Ween) were an elaborate joke, mentally handicapped, stoner geniuses or an alt-rock abomination in the vein of Ugly Kid Joe. The “stoner genius” option may have been the least likely but most true. “Push Th’ Little Daisies,” from Elektra debut Pure Guava, certainly helped confuse matters. Even Beavis and Butt-head were outmaneuvered and stymied. “These guys got no future,” predicts the sage Butt-head. Nearly 20 years later, people are still debating what to make of Ween.

10 replies on “120 Reasons To Live: Ween”

It takes a certain music fan to realize the genius and diversity that is Ween. It is pretty obvious to anyone attending a Ween live experience that there guys have some of the coolest, brownest, most dedicated fans in the world….truly one of the greatest bands of all time and people who cant get past the weirdness to feel the inner dwarf….i feel sorry for you…

I didn’t get it then (highschool)..for years I thought that song was representitive of WEEN. Thankfully I listened again, and now they are my all time favorite band-so varied and just plain fucking great music! I still just don’t like that song though.

Ween has no boundaries, no limitations, and serves an infinite variety of roles in the lives of those enlightened enough to appreciate the splendor of their genius.

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