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Ween

Ween

Date: Feb 11 2008

Themes: Alternative, Music

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There are very few bands out there who can make each album different from the next and make them all good. But Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo a.k.a. Gene and Dean Ween do just that.

The pair started playing music together 20 years ago in 8th grade and play together so well that they can pretty much be good at any style. They’re probably best known for playing indie rock, but they’ve also played country and their latest album, La Cucaracha is being called stoner rock by some.

Although there are people around the world who love Ween, they’ve never achieved mainstream success. There are a lot of people like Amanda who don’t know that Ween is a band…

Dialog

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Marni

Marni

Amanda

Amanda

Marni:  So you know what I was listening to on my way here to meet with you?

Amanda:  What?

Marni:  The new Ween album. Do you ever listen to Ween?

Amanda:  What…What is that? Is that a movie? Is that a soundtrack?

Marni:  No, it’s a duo. It’s these two guys who have been making music together forever.

Amanda:  OK, what type of music?

Marni:  It’s, um…A lot of it’s almost…It’s not a parody, but it’s comical, it’s very clever. They’re very eclectic. Like they were kind of like an indie rock band and they did this country album. It’s been out for a while now, but Chocolate and Cheese is probably one of their most popular albums. They’re great. They’re funny and kind of goofy and…

Amanda:  So is it kind of like the Jack Black and his partner type of deal?

Marni:  No, I would say…

Amanda:  Not as mainstream…

Marni:  I guess not as mainstream, well, I don’t know if that’s true. They’re just…I think they’re better. They’ve been doing it for longer. They’re much more original. And they actually are really good writers. I’m not saying that Jack Black isn’t, but his is much more of a parody.

Amanda:  So have you seen them live? Do they tour?

Marni:  I have. I saw them on Halloween once.

Amanda:  Cool. So they do probably smaller venues, more intimate settings.

Marni:  Yeah, I saw them in Minneapolis at the First Avenue, the big famous club, Prince. It was great, a lot of fun.

 

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Discussion

Since she’s never heard of them, Amanda isn’t sure if Ween is a movie or a band or what. So Marni tells her a little about them.

One of the first things that comes to mind is that they’re funny. Their music isn’t comedy, but it is certainly witty.

Amanda asks if Ween is sort of like Jack Black, but Marni says that while funny, Ween is also really good at making music. She likes them better than Jack Black. She also saw them once and had a lot of fun.

What’s your favorite funny band?

 

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Jane简

Jane简

China

come on

12:33 PM Jan 16 2010 |

jessica^^

jessica^^

China

I didn't heard of it until today,and i just lisened to one of their songs.

01:29 PM Feb 17 2008 |

Sev7n

Sev7n

China

I think,I need study English hard!!!

08:16 AM Feb 17 2008 |

alex_lin

China

Good, New information for me

03:54 PM Feb 16 2008 |

noisy_boy

noisy_boy

Yemen

it is not badTongue outl0o0o0ool

thank you for that . i wait for more.

08:20 AM Feb 16 2008 |

liviane

Brazil

I'm really curious to hear their sound.

04:52 PM Feb 15 2008 |

xixi^-^

xixi^-^

China

good

01:38 PM Feb 14 2008 |

chaligan

China

Cool

08:08 AM Feb 12 2008 |

Alanchen

China

I don't know much about this band.

Maybe it is very good.

06:38 AM Feb 12 2008 |

Aone

Aone

China

Sounds like a underground band

05:14 AM Feb 12 2008 |

rockyzhang1981

China

after learning this lesson, I think I should find Ween's music to listen. It must be very wonderful, look forward to it.

04:48 AM Feb 12 2008 |

xiaowugui

xiaowugui

China

this is my first time to konw the ween

12:22 AM Feb 12 2008 |

Frank Floripa

Brazil

I've never heard something about them.

07:56 PM Feb 11 2008 |

mango sorbet

Malaysia

sorry , I don'y know them too. Are they American as well?

01:57 PM Feb 11 2008 |

chaligan

China

  IT IS VERY HARD ,I THINK !~~Laughing

01:54 PM Feb 11 2008 |

drliang

China

i am sorry that i have never heard this band before.so,i want to listen their music and know about them more.who can provide information about them?i would appreciated your help very much.

01:18 PM Feb 11 2008 |

GavinZheng

GavinZheng

China

I like indie music very much~!

01:05 PM Feb 11 2008 |

Lichie

Lichie

China

ween  ..good voca

12:52 PM Feb 11 2008 |

kookoo

kookoo

China

I listened to some of Ween's songs on the net but i don't like the way he sings…

12:50 PM Feb 11 2008 |

panp

panp

China

either did i ever heard of that band?

10:52 AM Feb 11 2008 |

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