Ween Time-Travels Back to ‘92

 

Two man Ween
extravaganza, life without a net, in Chapel Hill
in 1992.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

This ain’t your mama’s Ween. Or, perhaps more accurately,
maybe this WAS your mama’s Ween: just Dean and Gene, armed with samples, tapes,
guitars and a drum machine, making with the rude, crude live show all by their
lonesomes. The personnel:

 

 

Gene
Ween-Vocals and Guitar

Dean
Ween- Vocals and Guitar

Bass and
Drums-

Yamaha Digital Audio Tape Deck

Kirk
Miller- Live Sound Engineer

 

 

 

 

 

 Now Music Video
Distributors is set to drop a document of just that. Due Nov. 11, the CD/DVD captures
Ween in full, uh, flight live at the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel
Hill, recorded Dec. 9, 1992.

 

 

It will also include a bonus DVD containing footage from the
same general time frame, filmed in the Netherlands
(Vera Groningen 10-31-91), Columbus OH (Staches 3-6-92) and WTSR radio in Trenton, New Jersey
(1-10-92).

 

 

 

See below for Dean Ween’s liner notes about the Chapel Hill show and a full tracklisting for the DVD.

 

 

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“From
our first “real” concert in 1987 until the release of Chocolate and Cheese in 1994 we played
concerts as a duo–Aaron on vocals and acoustic guitar and me on electric
guitar with the bass and drums played from a cassette deck. Later on we
purchased a DAT machine for the backing tracks and this speeded up our show a
little. A typical Ween set was no more than an hour long, and we’d play about
24 songs in that amount of time. There was no jamming at all whatsoever. Things
are a lot different now. Every night we had to face the crowd pretty much
naked, there was nowhere to hide, no room for an off night. We did a lot of
talking to the crowd and one another between songs, we pretty much had to. We
faced a lot of hostile audiences when we were the opening act on a show. There
was a lot to hate about us but we won over a lot of people in the process because
of our sheer nerve. A lot of our closest friends feel that Ween live pretty
much ended when we switched to a traditional band format with a bass player and
drummer; I dunno about that but by the release of Pure Guava our show was no longer interesting to us. We were doing
a lot more touring and playing the same songs with no room for improvising had
gotten boring for us. Once we started releasing records and touring more as a
duo we got a lot better at it, we stopped caring about what the audience thought
of us and just focused on having fun onstage. This was when we maximized our
brownness. I don’t remember too much about this concert other than the fact
that we played the Cat’s Cradle a lot of times and in a few different
locations. Public Enemy had played the club a few nights before and blown up
the P.A. and our sound man Kirk Miller was pissed. I thought it was great
because Public Enemy are one of my favorite bands of all time and I was just
happy to be playing on the same stage. Our touring party consisted of Me,
Aaron, and Kirk Miller, our soundman and driver. Once we signed to Elektra we
added a tour manager, Paul Monahan, who would stay with us for many years.
Anyway, this is pretty typical of what we sounded like on a good night those
first few tours.”

 

 

 

DVD track list:

 

1.
Captain Fantasy (Vera)

2. You
Fucked Up (Vera)

3. Tick
(Vera)

4. Boing
(Vera)

5.
Listen To The Music (WTSR)

6. Don’t
Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy) (Vera/Staches)

7. Cover
It With Gas And Set It On Fire (Vera)

8.
Seconds (Vera)

9.
Marble Tulip Juicy Tree (Staches)

10.
Gladiola Heartbreaker (Vera)

11.
Common Bitch (Staches)

12. The
Goin’ Gets Tough From The Getgo (Vera/WTSR)

13.
Reggaejunkiejew (Staches)

14. Old
Queen Cole (Vera)

15.
Shalom Absalom (WTSR)

16.
Don’t Laugh (I Love You) (Vera)

17.
Mountain Dew (Vera)

 

 

 

 

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