Dean Ween

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Dean Ween
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Dean Ween performing with Ween at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, California on August 30, 2009.
Born (1970-09-25) September 25, 1970 (age 44)
New Hope, Pennsylvania United States
Other names Dean Ween, Mickey Moist, Deaner
Occupation Musician, fishing guide
Spouse(s) Ellen Schmit (m. 1996 - present)
Children Michael Melchiondo III (b. 2000)

Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo, Jr. (born September 25, 1970), better known by his stage name Dean Ween, is an American guitarist, fisherman, and formerly one half of the alternative rock group Ween. Melchiondo is currently active in the groups Moistboyz and The Dean Ween Group.


Growing up, Melchiondo listened to a variety of music. Because of this, he has a very wide range of musical influences.

Dean later met Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) in a junior high school typing class in their hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania, and although the two did not get along at first, they soon found they were soul brothers and thus adopted the common surname. The Ween brothers were soon spending all of their time in Melchiondo's bedroom, Melchiondo banging out songs on guitars tuned to open chords and Freeman wailing out the "good word" of the Boognish (a demon god that first appeared outside of their classroom at school and offered them the scepters of wealth and power for their "services") into a cheap microphone. Within a few years, the two found themselves opening for the likes of underground favorites such as the Butthole Surfers and Henry Rollins.

In the wake of Ween's new success with Elektra Records after releasing the albums Pure Guava and Chocolate & Cheese, Melchiondo started up another band with his friend Guy Heller (who had a guest appearance on Pure Guava) called the Moistboyz. This was his introduction to Ipecac Recordings and also the source of his alternative title, "Mickey Moist" (Heller taking the name "Dickie Moist" in typical surname fashion). The Moistboyz' music was, for the most part, a clash of heavy metal and punk rock accompanied by lyrics focused on overtly offensive humor blended with a strange form of social commentary.

After having recorded 12 Golden Country Greats, an album of ten country tunes Ween had written over the years with the help of Charlie McCoy, Buddy Harman, Bobby Ogdin and many other legendary session players in Nashville, he married longtime girlfriend Ellen Schmit (whom he met when she pulled up in her pickup truck at his job pumping gas at a Mobil Station). The couple had a baby boy named Michael in December 2000. The family currently resides in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Dean made significant contributions to two projects by his friend Josh Homme: The Desert Sessions and Queens of the Stone Age. On the critically successful 2002 Queens of the Stone Age album Songs for the Deaf, Dean played guitar on "Mosquito Song", "Gonna Leave You", and "Six Shooter".

In 2009 Mickey Melchiondo received his captain's license and regularly leads fishing trips off the Jersey shore as Mickey's Guide Service.[1][2][3]

On September 20, 2012, Mickey announced via his Facebook page that a new Moistboyz album and a solo record called "MIGGY" was nearing release.

Side projects and appearances[edit]

Year Title Label
1993 En EschCheesy TVT Records
1994 MoistboyzMoistboyz I Grand Royal
1994 MoistboyzO.G. Simpson X-Ploit Records
1995 MoistboyzSecond Hand Smoker Arson Records
1995 Kostars – Klassics With a 'K Grand Royal
1996 MoistboyzMoistboyz II Grand Royal
1996 Yoko OnoRising Mixes Capitol Records
1996 Ben Vaughn – Instrumental Stylings Bar None Records
1997 Z-Rock – Hawaii Nipp Guitar
1998 Hub – Hub Slash Records
1999 Ben – Wool Ben Chatrer
2001 PigfacePreaching to the Perverted Invisible Records
2002 MoistboyzMoistboyz III Ipecac Recordings
2002 Ben – I Am a Monster Ben Chatrer
2002 Rollins BandRise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three Sanctuary Records
2002 Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf Interscope Records
2003 Desert SessionsVolumes 9 & 10 Ipecac Recordings/Rekords Rekords
2005 MoistboyzMoistboyz IV Sanctuary Records
2005 Chris HarfordLooking Out For Number 6 Chocodog Records
2011 Ben – Bath Ben Chatrer
2013 MoistboyzMoistboyz V Neverman Records
2014 Nick Oliveri's UncontrollableLeave Me Alone Schnitzel Records


  1. ^ "CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE AND STRIPED BASS – Half of Ween Will Take You Fishing in New Jersey for $300 – Vice Magazine". Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Mickey's Guide Service". January 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  3. ^ Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger (June 14, 2011). "By night, he's a rock star – by day, he's a fisherman". Retrieved 2011-06-26. 

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