La Cucaracha

I think as we get older, our level of tolerance for some of life's daily dramas switch from one side of relevance to the other. Things that would not have bothered us as youngsters, certainly find a way to creep under our skin as adults. On the flipside, your ability to be more rational [in some cases] and/or easy going seems to flourish with age. Something that shoulda coulda woulda been a big fucking thorn in your side is now just a little itch - hardly penetrating.

Maybe we need to keep it simpler as we age. More drama = more headaches. More headaches = more stress. And we all know where stress takes us...

Well it turns out that one of my new peeves of recent are broken promises. Basically don't tell people you're gonna do something and then not do it. That's just lame. Yes there are varying degrees of promises too. Kinda like small, medium and large. All three can impact with the same amount of intensity depending on the type of person on the receiving end of that major/minor let down.

Not sure why these serial promisors do it. Either they can't recognize the bad or they think it's easier to yes someone and avoid some sort of confrontation or maybe because they are genuinely good people and have difficulty saying no. Needless to say, the one that makes my head spin is the malicious act that the doer rarely feels guilt from - the one that is all about leading people on. And zero apologies for doing it.

Just this past week I had three separate let down instances. Ridiculous. Two of them I shrugged off the other one is still irking me and frankly it is the main reason why I am writing this retardo review.

I've been waiting four consecutive weeks now for a WEEN review to publish on our site. I was told twice that it was coming...inbox empty.

On my second inquisition, I was given a drop dead date of completion – the date came and went, so again no show. This second attempt of securing a real album review, instead of this lame 600-word-ish piece of literary bullshit waste of time, should've been your turning point.

I'm not asking you to rewrite the fucking Koran in Polish! It's a fucking Ween music review. Honestly, I don't think Ween give two shits about reviews. If so, they could've called it a day after releasing GodWeenSatan back in 1990. Fucked up record – brilliant – but definitely fucked up. Did they have bad reviews for that release? Who knows and who cares! That's not the point.

I'm giving you the out. Keep it simple. You have 2 options, either yes or no...?

Lame lame lame.

Now I have team Ween to deal with. You see, I told team Ween that a review was coming. Where's the review?

What the fuck!

The very thing that I despise nowadays must not spawn any more deflated expectations. Again, the WEENie brothers don't care. They keep their mission simple and the fans LOVE them for it. They've built up this loyal college/post-college following for two decades. And it's still building. There's nothing anyone can say in a music review that will affect any of that - good or bad.

Sure Ween are weird. An acquired taste band? Absolutely! But these days I'll take that over any of the cookie-cutter asshats out there.

Just so you guys don't feel like I wasted your time entirely, I'm gonna reprint a cool album liner note written by Dean Ween [below]. It accompanied the La Cucaracha CD. It gives the reader a bit of insight during the making of the band's [I think] tenth record – not counting live performance CDs, etc.

Bottom line, if you're a Ween fan, you will dig this record. Personally, I really enjoyed La Cucaracha. If you're willing to try on the fan badge, go see them live first – definitely an engaging show.

Furthermore don't yes me unless you mean it – that shit pisses people off when you don't deliver.

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Ok, let me first start off by saying that we vowed never, ever, ever, would there be horns on a Ween album. As teenagers we always used that as a yardstick to determine when our favorite band was starting to suck, when their new record came out and it had horns on it (this rule applies only to Rock music and white people). But there has always been one provision to this rule, and that was we would only use horns if we could get David Sanborn to play some sexy saxophone on a Ween tune. We finally wrote a song worthy of him, contacted his manager and it turns out he was a Ween fan and immediately agreed to do it. So that, in and of itself, means that we have accomplished one of our lifelong goals as a band.

As far as the rest of the record goes, we wrote and recorded La Cucaracha in a rented, moldy 200 year old farmhouse in our hometown of New Hope, PA. It is one of the most disgusting places I've ever had the displeasure of working and I'm sure that Gener and Andrew Weiss will back me up on that one. None of us will let our kids go there, I'm not lying to you. Right now I have an upper respiratory infection that was initially spawned by working in our black mold filled "studio". Hell, I wouldn't even let my dog crap in that place. After we move out, I hope a tree falls on it so they have to bulldoze the building to its foundation, although the house is already about to cave in on its own.

I also want to make a special point of mentioning that we recorded this record to TAPE, 24 track, 2 inch TAPE. I'm really less than thrilled that most people will probably download 2 tracks from it and listen to it on their iPods. The 13 songs that make up La Cucaracha represent a very small portion of what we wrote and recorded. The real number is about 50 songs. If you hate the album, you should hear what we left off of it. Hold on a second, I have to spit a greenish black gob of phlegm into the sink.

This is also our first record on the Rounder label and I feel obligated to mention how this came to pass. The guy from Rounder drove down to New Hope from Massachusetts and took us to lunch. We've been on a lot of labels the past 23 years and had a lot of lunches and we've heard a lot of "pitches". After making small talk for the first 20 minutes I finally felt like I should ask him something, anything-- since he drove all the way down here. The only thing I could come up with was "are there any other bands on Rounder comparable to Ween? I mean when I think of Rounder Records I think of all those Thorogood records and mostly folk type stuff." He said "no, not really." We all started laughing and the decision was made in our minds right there that this was where we needed to be. Later that night we watched the Red Sox game at our studio and then he drove back to Boston the next day. That's the whole story, and now Ween is on Rounder.

Anyway, it's not my job to critique Ween and measure one of our records against another, but I will say that we are super happy with La Cucaracha, we consider it to be a party record, unlike our last record which was more of a Jonestown type party vibe. This record is a lot more fun because that's where we're at right now (I'm getting teary-eyed just typing this). I'm gonna go deal with my tuberculosis now.

- Dean Ween

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La Cucaracha