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joppa road

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Dean Ween: "Joppa Road is a road outside of DC that we used to drive past on tour, and it looks so fucking funny on a sign."

He goes on to say, "The idea was you're cruisin' down a road, which is the name of the song, with wind blowing through your hair, and it's, like, the cruisin' vibe- sunny, cruisin', blue-sky vibe, which is what "Ventura Highway" (by the band America) is, taken to the max. It's the Ween bastardization by accident."

Joppa Road is track #11 on the 1994 Ween release, Chocolate and Cheese.

Historical tidbit: Joppa Road was originally an Indian trail and was still used as such as late as 1697.

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mohamed’s falafel star

from ween posted in music by pete_nice

While preparing to shoot the video for "I Can't Put My Finger On It" off Chocolate and Cheese, Ween approached director Chris Applebaum (video director for Rihanna, Britney Spears, and other pop stars) and asked him, "Have you ever seen a succulent lamb shank skewered and spinning on a rotisserie while lit by a beautiful amber light?"

Applebaum replied that there was a falafel shop down the street from his apartment, at the corner of Avenue A and E. 8th st. Applebaum negotiated for six hours of shooting ($125 location fee), and sent a picture of the owners to Ween. They loved the look of the brothers who owned the shop, so Gene asked them to be in the video to look like his rap posse.

While shooting at the location, Mohamed brought out a collection of knives that he stored in the backroom where he and his brother slept. They are featured (along with the brothers' friends) waving them at the end of the video.

Deaner's introspective solos were shot at Coney Island (also Ween's idea).

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ringing rocks park

from ween posted in music by pete_nice

Ringing Rocks Park in Pennsylvania contains a natural wonder known as "ringing rocks." These rocks have a property of resonating like a bell when struck, creating a music-like effect.

There are specific places in the world where this mysterious phenomenon occurs. This park in Upper Black Eddy contains them; other locations include the Musical Stones of Skiddaw in the English Lake District, and the Bell Rock Range of Western Australia.

Ringing rocks are also known as sonorous rocks or lithophonic rocks, and are used to create a musical instrument called the lithophone.

Ween's 1994 release Chocolate and Cheese features an interior picture of Dean and Gene Ween frolicking in a waterfall at Ringing Rocks Park.

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cat’s cradle

from ween posted in music by pete_nice

Open for forty years, Cat's Cradle has been a popular music venue in Carrboro, North Carolina.

On December 9, 1992, Ween performed there and recorded the set. The performance was released as a live CD entitled At the Cat's Cradle, 1992 on November 25, 2008 on Chocodog Records. Included with the CD is a bonus DVD of various Ween performances from that era.

During this time, Ween consisted of Dean and Gene Ween playing and singing along to a pre-recorded DAT tape. They thrived on upsetting the audience, challenging them with their performance-art stage presence while performing unusually well-written songs.

God bless 'em.

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the vic theatre

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Built in 1912 and designed by John E.O. Pridmore, the Vic Theatre (or more accurately, the Victoria Theatre) in Chicago was a vaudeville theater and is now a music venue that often doubles as a Brew and View second-run movie house.

In November 2003, Ween taped a live performance here for their May 2004 DVD/CD release Ween: Live in Chicago.

Other performances taped here include Bill Hicks' HBO special One Night Stand in 1991, Jim Gaffigan's Beyond the Pale CD, DVD and TV special in 2006, and Wilco's Kicking Television: Live in Chicago in May 2005.

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