Ween is a rock group formed in 1984 in New Hope, Pennsylvania when Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo met in a junior high school typing class. The pair became known as Gene and Dean Ween. Thousands of home recordings later, Ween collected a large underground fanbase despite being generally unknown in pop music.
Their earliest home recordings were anarchic and free-spirited, drawing on influences as far-reaching as Syd Barrett, the Beatles, Queen, Prince, Butthole Surfers, The Residents and the lo-fi punk movement. They self-released 5 cassettes in the late eighties; The Crucial Squeegie Lip, Axis: Bold As Boognish, Erica Peterson's Flaming Crib Death, The Live Brain Wedgie/WAD, and Prime 5. Around this time, Gene also released his own tape, Synthetic Socks, which featured Dean on a few songs. Ween was often compared in their early years to other offbeat artists such as Frank Zappa and They Might Be Giants and would always eschew such comparisons.
Ween was signed to Twin/Tone Records in 1989 and released their first album GodWeenSatan?: The O...
years active 1984 – Present
music genre Alternative Rock / Experimental Rock
hometown = New Hope, Pennsylvania
country United States
current members Dean Ween