Pure Guava

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Pure Guava
Studio album by Ween
Released November 10, 1992[1]
Recorded 1992
Genre Psychedelic rock, lo-fi, neo-progressive, post-industrial, experimental rock, alternative rock
Length 55:46
Label Elektra
Producer Ween
Ween chronology
The Pod
(1991)
Pure Guava
(1992)
Chocolate and Cheese
(1994)

Pure Guava is Ween's third studio album, and the first to be released on a major label.

Background[edit]

Originally released in 1992 through Elektra Records, it features what is perhaps Ween's most well-known song, "Push th' Little Daisies". "Push th' Little Daisies" was released as a single on August Records in 1993, including both the Album and Radio Edit versions of the song (the latter replacing the word "shit" with a sample of Prince squealing from "Alphabet St.") and the tracks "Ode to Rene", "I Smoke Some Grass (Really Really High)" and "Mango Woman".

Many of the songs on this album come from two tapes that the band made for friends, the first being titled "Springtape", and the second titled "The Caprice Classic Tape", as stated by Dean Ween on JJJ radio in 1993. Pure Guava marked the last time the group would record on a four-track until 2007's La Cucaracha.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]

Pure Guava is often considered to be one of Ween's finest albums. Allmusic editor Heather Phares called the album "more polished and concise" than their previous albums The Pod and GodWeenSatan: The Oneness[5] and that the uncompromising album hints at just how much further the band could go with their music.[6] Phares awarded Pure Guava five out of five stars.[7]

Rock critic Robert Christgau awarded the album a C+.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Little Birdy"   3:30
2. "Tender Situation"   3:40
3. "The Stallion Pt. 3"   3:30
4. "Big Jilm"   2:10
5. "Push th' Little Daisies"   2:48
6. "The Goin' Gets Tough from the Getgo"   2:08
7. "Reggaejunkiejew"   4:51
8. "I Play It Off Legit"   3:20
9. "Pumpin' 4 the Man"   1:30
10. "Sarah"   2:09
11. "Springtheme"   3:00
12. "Flies on My Dick"   3:26
13. "I Saw Gener Cryin' in His Sleep"   1:48
14. "Touch My Tooter"   2:23
15. "Mourning Glory"   5:14
16. "Loving U thru It All"   2:28
17. "Hey Fat Boy (Asshole)"   1:53
18. "Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)"   3:23
19. "Poop Ship Destroyer"   2:16

Personnel[edit]

Dean WeenGuitar, Vocals, Engineer
Gene Ween – Vocals, Engineer
Mean Ween – Vocals
Guy Heller – Vocals on "Flies On My Dick"
Scott Lowe – Vocals, Whistle (Human)
Larry Curtin – Vocals (bkgr), Whistle (Human)
Howie Weinberg – Mastering
Andrew Weiss – Mixing
Patricia Frey Stephan – Digital Editing
Ween – Producer
Tom Nichols – Photography
Reiner Design Consultants – Design

Singles[edit]

Year Title US
Modern Rock Tracks
AU
Aria Charts
1993 "Push th' Little Daisies" 21 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ween Discography at MTV". mtv.com. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Pure Guava Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau's Ween Page". Robert Christgau. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ Wyman, Bill. "Pure Guava Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pure Guava Review at Allmusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pure Guava Review at Allmusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pure Guava Review at Allmusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Robert Christgau - Ween". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved May 29, 2013.