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The final studio album before Aaron Freeman (a.k.a. Gene Ween) left the band he'd founded with best friend Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween) in junior high school, La Cucaracha is a wholesome sendoff to a group that traversed massive musical territory in its 20-plus years. Recorded in a farmhouse in Ween’s hometown of New Hope, Pa., La Cucaracha applies the gentler disposition of Ween's post-2000 output to the stylistic morphology that brought it acclaim in the early '90s. As in its early years, Ween manages to touch many extremes, from the caveman rock of “With My Own Bare Hands” to the reggae of “The Fruit Man” and the Britannic whimsy of “Blue Balloon” and “Object.” Recurring lyrical themes include friendship and romance, and “Sweetheart” and “Lullaby” prove to be two of Ween's most tender and openhearted songs. Delivered in the style of a Eurodisco sing-along, “Friends” feels like the duo’s autobiography and also a love note to its fans. Finally, “Your Party” functions as a bittersweet farewell done Ween-style, as the touching lyric (“As friends we were always so close but so far away”) is juxtaposed with a smooth jazz sax solo.

Customer Reviews

Great album

I love every thing ween does and so do you.


I love this album. Pure Guava is the best though.

The Boognish Blues

Gener and Deaner are gods! These guys put out nothing but gold, (or should I say brown, maybe golden brown). Its been 3 years since this album was released, it's about time for another Ween album damnit. If its half as good as this one, I know I will love 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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