Home Read Classic Album Review: Ween | Quebec

Classic Album Review: Ween | Quebec

Deaner and Gener get back to the brownness on their wonderfully weird eighth LP.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


They don’t sing in French. They didn’t record at Le Studio. So why is the eighth album from indie-rock parodists Ween titled Quebec? Only mischievous musical brothers Dean and Gene Ween know for sure. And trying to get a straight answer out of them, as any fan knows, is a waste of time.

Thankfully, the wonderfully weird Quebec is decidedly not. In contrast to their accessible 2000 offering White Pepper, the 55-minute Quebec marks a noticeable return to the brown bizarrity of their freewheeling earlier work. Among the eclectic set of tasty goodies: A 10CC-ish salute to Zoloft; the childish So Many People In The Neighbourhood, which introduces Mr. Rogers and Dr. Seuss to The Residents; the old-timey zipper Hey There Fancypants; the California folk-rock of Chocolate Town; and — my fave — the headbanging Motörhead homage It’s Gonna Be A Long Night. None of them, sadly, will explain why this disc is called Quebec. But they will convince you that Deaner and Gener are definitely living in their very own — and very distinct — little society.