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.