12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the tradition of the classic rock bands the duo loved, Ween finally proffered its own version of an “odds and sods” collection in 2005 with Shinola, Vol. 1. With the title—a play on the old adage “you don’t know sh*t from shinola”—the band certainly wasn’t expecting its fans to treat this pool of outtakes too seriously. And yet by providing a survey of Ween’s stylistic adventures since 1991's The Pod, Shinola functions as the perfect retrospective: an anti-greatest hits album. “Big Fat F**k,” “Boys Club," and “Tastes Good on th’ Bun” rank with the most wonderfully weird songs from Ween's wild and wooly early days, while “I Fell in Love Today” and “Someday” display the more restrained sophistication of its post-2000 output. As far as strange and delightful lost gems go, Ween’s archives certainly don’t disappoint. But Shinola's highlight would have to be its trifecta of homages to the great heroes of pop and rock music. Ween puts in prodigious caricatures of Todd Rundgren (“Transitions") and Prince (“Monique the Freak”), but the tribute to Thin Lizzy (“Gabrielle”) is sublimely realistic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the tradition of the classic rock bands the duo loved, Ween finally proffered its own version of an “odds and sods” collection in 2005 with Shinola, Vol. 1. With the title—a play on the old adage “you don’t know sh*t from shinola”—the band certainly wasn’t expecting its fans to treat this pool of outtakes too seriously. And yet by providing a survey of Ween’s stylistic adventures since 1991's The Pod, Shinola functions as the perfect retrospective: an anti-greatest hits album. “Big Fat F**k,” “Boys Club," and “Tastes Good on th’ Bun” rank with the most wonderfully weird songs from Ween's wild and wooly early days, while “I Fell in Love Today” and “Someday” display the more restrained sophistication of its post-2000 output. As far as strange and delightful lost gems go, Ween’s archives certainly don’t disappoint. But Shinola's highlight would have to be its trifecta of homages to the great heroes of pop and rock music. Ween puts in prodigious caricatures of Todd Rundgren (“Transitions") and Prince (“Monique the Freak”), but the tribute to Thin Lizzy (“Gabrielle”) is sublimely realistic.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
39 Ratings
39 Ratings
Big Black Betty ,

Spanish Eddie

This album rocks! Definitely not my favorite Ween album (& that isn't an insult to Shinola by any means).
However, this album has the song Someday. If you don't like Someday, you obviously don't like Pizza Day, and if you do not like Pizza Day then WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU???

Concert Pitch ,

Did You See Me?

By far my favorite track on Shinola, Vol. 1. Amazing. Some Day, I Fell In Love Today are also great. Going to see them live in a few weeks, really looking forward to the show!

Savage44 ,

Did You See Me?

This whole album is worth buying. At the very least, buy the track "Did You See Me," which is one of my favorite tunes of all time.

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