We’re gonna stay on this 90s hangover tip for a minute. While I’m a fan of the majority of the Ween output, it’s the early lo-fi stuff through The Mollusk that I return to on the regular. Dean and Gene were clearly inspired by, and doing it for, the Boognish. That and several half dozen cans of Scotch Guard, bless their hearts.
Last year we revisited Flaming Lips Transmissions From The Satellite Heart, and after a youtube binge watching the Lips “She Don’t Use Jelly” video I got to thinking about Ween’s third studio album, Pure Guava. Like the Lips “Jelly,” Ween scored heavy rotation on the channel with their video for “Push Th’ Little Daisies.” Remember that? No? It’s two weirdos running around gobbling fast food, watermelons and psilocybin mushrooms. Not at all ready for prime time, the video stands as yet another example of those odd ’90s MTV moments that were, in hindsight, completely and absolutely out of place.
Guava, even more so that Transmissions, is the sound of two guys with ostensibly no commercial ambitions, and yet, through the medium of MTV (and a slot on the zeitgeist chronicler that was Beavis And Butt-head) landed in millions of living rooms. Sure, “Daisies” may be an outlier, a fluke, but for those who heard the track, went out and bought the album, brought it home and actually got it — it was some pretty subversive shit. Say what you will about MTV and its demise, but in 2010, with all of us so splintered into our niche interests, I can’t think of another medium that could have the same effect. With commercial radio all but dead, and MTV focusing on everything but music, the closest thing we now have to a “Daisies” moment would be a music supervisor slipping a track into a TV show or commercial; i.e. something that crosses socio-economic boundaries. Somehting to think about.
And with that I leave you with the 1-2 punch that is “The Goin’ Gets Tough From The Getgo” into “Reggaejunkijew.” Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid, indeed.