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Editors’ Notes

Ween’s 12 Golden Country Greats came out at the height of the so-called alt-country movement, consisting mostly of young bands applying vintage country-music accouterments to what were essentially roots-rock songs in the vein of Bruce Springsteen. Some regarded the movement as a subversion of the country genre, so in grand Ween fashion, 12 Golden Country Greats subverted the subversion. Reverential without being duplicative, Ween’s album isn't at all sarcastic. Dean and Gene Ween genuinely loved the '60s and '70s Nashville albums at which the alt-country bands rolled their eyes. That’s why Ween hired Nash-Vegas session vets like Charlie McCoy and Hargus “Pig” Robbins to play on the album. The effect isn't satirical—not completely, anyway. Thankfully, at a concise 10 songs (yes, the fudged number in the title is quintessential Ween comedy), the album doesn’t overplay its hand. Better still, the duo’s skewed sense of humor overlaps with country tradition just enough to put songs like “P*ss Up a Rope” and “Japanese Cowboy” within an authentic country tradition.

Customer Reviews

Surpassed my expectations (and they were kinda high)

I totally dig this recording. I thought, huh, Ween, doing a country album?!? I purchased this CD when I was just getting into Ween. Right around the time I got The Mollusk CD. They put ween-loco lyrics to the classic country sound and it is so cool!!! I want them to make a Vol.2 to this. I was sold once I heard P**s Up A Rope, but songs like You Were The Fool & Powder Blue really set the Mood of this album for me. My least fav on here is probably Mister Richard Smoker, But it's like having a Branded Cow, letting you know this is a Ween recording & that makes it awesome!

Beautiful, Irreverent, Classic

I grew up in Nashville and have a deep appreciation for country music, and this is DEFINITELY country. In this album, Ween deftly touches on many of the classic themes of country music while refusing to veer from their irreverent roots. In fact, were it not for the sardonic tone of some of the songs, I think this would be beloved by many country fans unfamiliar with Ween. It seems to be a Ween tradition to create a would be radio-friendly tune and then add a weird wrinkle to make sure that it won't ever be on the airways. There is something incredibly charming about this sort of self-sabotage. "Help Me Scrape the Mucus Off My Brain," a beautifully rendered, heart wrenching song, is one of my all time favorite country songs. It's a good example of Ween seemingly intentionally warping an otherwise sweet and earnest tune to give it that signature Ween touch. With lines like "I think I'll steal the dog food money/ Buddy'll love me just the same," Ween totally captures the country ethos. The Nashville musicians featured on the album are renowned for their chops, and do not disappoint.

Great Music

I want to begin by saying I have no experience with Ween outside of this album & Chef Aid. This is an album of good music. You will not be disappointed; particularly in that each listen opens up just how deep each track is. Since each song is crisp and concise it never drags either, Ween have done a masterful job of not wasting time or music, but rather enticing you to listen to the entire finished product again and again. Well worth it.


Formed: 1984 in New Hope, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Ween was the ultimate cosmic goof of the alternative rock era, a prodigiously talented and deliriously odd duo whose work traveled far beyond the constraints of parody and novelty into the heart of surrealist ecstasy. Despite a mastery for seemingly every mutation of the musical spectrum, the group refused to play it straight; in essence, Ween was bratty deconstructionists, kicking dirt on the pop world around them with demented glee. Along with the occasional frat-boy lapses into misogyny, racism,...
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