That's a seriously wacky review. I love that album.
Serio, the album rules. I am in disbelief that 'Paper Hearts' was specifically called out as a weak track. Right when I think I can actually get behind a Poochfuck review (Four Tet's Pink), too. Fuck them jokers.
Yeah, that was uncharacteristically uninformed for a wonk post. There are Ween fans who disavow anything after Guava, and some of them might agree with you, but I don't know any of them. Anything that gets Deaner to step up the mic is automatically pretty high up on my list of Ween songs.
This isn't new to anyone, but I don't smoke tons of drugs and zone out into what is happening on stage at concerts. I know people try their darndest to ignore the crowds, but I'm different, and I've mentioned it about 194 times. I'm always paying attention to what is happening around me, which allows me to acciporpoisely intercept security guards rushing to bust people smoking a J. I pay attention to the crowd almost as much as the stage. I hear what they're saying, I question why they are yelling about Facebook, I see what songs get them moving, and I see what songs people rush to the Pea Tank during. It's not always a ripping four minute solo that I remember two years later, it's a mix of seeing how people react to that solo that sticks with me. I'll never get emotional watching GYBE on youtube, but when I am standing around multiple people literally bawling, I got emotional.
With that said, I've only seen Ween live four times in the last sixteen years, but I've seen them perform "Own Bare Hands" thrice. Each time it was one of my most anticipated tracks (I'm 25% bro after all), and each time I paid attention to what was going on around me. Don't blindly pull the "uninformed" card on me because you mistakenly think I'm making fun of one of your favorite bands.
Post by Horned Gramma on Oct 9, 2012 19:45:54 GMT -8
When I said 'uninformed', I meant only that your notion of Ween's fans opinion of certain songs didn't seem to be rooted in anything concrete. If that's your impression after standing in the middle of a Ween crowd when they played that song three times, that's saying something, but I generally consider half of any crowd that is attending a show by any band that was considered at any point to be a novelty band to be looky-lous. People waiting for TMBG to play 'Birdhouse in Your Soul' or for the Flaming Lips to play 'She Don't Use Jelly'. Even for a song off their last album, 'Bare Hands' is still a pretty deep cut. People didn't freak the fuck out when I saw Ween play 'The Argus', but that is still considered by a lot of diehards to be one of their greatest songs.
You also have to take into account that although you don't smoke tons of drugs and zone out into what's happening onstage, the vast majority of Ween fans do. Their physical reactions are going to be those of stoned, tripping, drunk people. The crowd at the Crystal show, for example -- in such a small venue, those in attendance will mostly be the faithful. Standing in awe while their minds are getting the boa constrictor treatment from a ten minute shred in the middle of 'Vooodoo Lady' is going to leave a large number of them standing slack-jawed in reverence and awe.
It's an Ian Cohen review. What did you expect? The dude is a boob.
I love Ian Cohen. Even I don't agree with his reviews all the time, his negative reviews are always a fun read. He's the indie rock Roger Ebert.
Few things in life bring me more joy than reading a review written by Roger Ebert about a film he hates. Back before he got cynical and started hating every film, that is. His review of Rob Reiner's North is a thing of beauty.