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Pure Guava [PA]

  • 1. Little Birdy
    2. Tender Situation
    3. Stallion Pt.3, The
    4. Big Jilm
    5. Push Th' Little Daisies
    6. Goin' Gets Tough From the Getgo, The
    7. Reggaejunkiejew
    8. I Play It Off Legit
    9. Pumpin' 4 the Man
    10. Sarah
    11. Springtheme
    12. Flies On My Dick
    13. I Saw Gener Cryin' In His Sleep
    14. Touch My Tooter
    15. Mourning Glory
    16. Loving U Thru It All
    17. Hey Fat Boy (Asshole)
    18. Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)
    19. Poop Ship Destroyer
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9090

  • Credits
    EngineerDean Ween; Gene Ween

    Ween: Dean Ween, Gene Ween.
    Additional personnel: Mean Ween, Guy Heller, Larry Curtin, Scott Lowe.
    Audio Mixer: Andrew Weiss.
    Photographer: Tom Nichols.
    In 1992, quirky and seemingly non-commercial bands were being signed to major labels by the boatload, thanks to the newfound success of alternative rock. One of the most blatantly bizarre acts to be taken under a corporate wing was Ween, a duo of Pennsylvania pranksters with a penchant for eclectic--and often wholly inappropriate--pop/rock tunes.
    For the group's Elektra debut, PURE GUAVA, Dean and Gene Ween remained unapologetically weird from the get-go, as the drowsy, druggy "Little Birdy" ushers in the thoroughly skewed proceedings. While songs such as "Reggaejunkiejew," "Touch My Tooter," and "Poop Ship Destroyer" stick to sophomoric themes and a lo-fi sound, the prog-rock-like "The Stallion Pt. 3" and the (relatively) straightforward ballad "Sarah" hint at even greater things to come. PURE GUAVA's shining moments arrive in the typically oddball forms of the distorted ditty "Big Jilm," the relentless pop tune "Push th' Little Daisies" (Ween's first minor hit), and "Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)," a giddily over-the-top, mock-stadium-rock number, replete with garish multi-tracked vocals. While the ridiculousness of this album is undeniable, so is the ever-evolving talent of Dean and Gene, who here began an impressive streak of adventurous and absurd outings that would lead to their '97 peak, THE MOLLUSK.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (12/92, p.94) - Recommended - "...a major label is now subsidizing their scribbles...They Might Be Giants for the REN AND STIMPY generation..."
    Entertainment Weekly (12/18/92, p.59) - "...Ren and Stimpy kidnap Paul McCartney and lock him in a studio with nothing but a helium balloon and an acoustic guitar...Very, very weird, but I can't stop playing it..." - Rating: B+
    Alternative Press (3/93, p.62) - "...Almost in spite of themselves Ween produce some enjoyably skewed pop...At their best Ween sound sort of like early Sebadoh: eclectic, strangely tuneful, lo-fi and absurd..."
    Musician (5/93, pp.86-87) - "...Ween's technical proficiency allows them to jumpcut in style without loss of quality or focus..."
    (3/93, p.64) - " the aural equivalent of Thorazine...there are moments of genuine beauty and emotion..."
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