The Mollusk

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The Mollusk
Studio album by Ween
Released June 24, 1997
Recorded 1996
Genre Alternative rock, experimental rock
Length 43:54
Label Elektra
Producer Andrew Weiss
Ween chronology
12 Golden Country Greats
The Mollusk
Paintin' the Town Brown: Ween Live 1990-1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (9.7/10)[3]

The Mollusk is the sixth full-length album by Ween. It was released on Elektra Records on June 24, 1997. It is a partial concept album, with nearly every song containing a dark nautical theme. The songs on the album cover multiple genres of music and are bound together by a heavy progressive rock influence, often incorporating psychedelic elements. According to Dean Ween, "I will say that the only record that I ever felt really confident about was The Mollusk. That's my favorite record we've ever done." [4]

Electric Six covered the song "Buckingham Green" on their cover-album Mimicry and Memories (2015).[5]


After recording 1994's Chocolate and Cheese, Gene and Dean Ween decided they wanted to return to their early method recording albums at home.[6] In 1995, the band relocated their recording equipment to a rented beach house on the shore of Holgate, New Jersey.[7] The band's recording equipment and some of the material were nearly lost when a water pipe burst in the house while the house was unoccupied. At this point, the band put the album on hold and made plans to record 1996's 12 Golden Country Greats in Nashville. After recording 12 Golden Country Greats in 1995 and releasing and touring behind the album the band completed the remaining tracking of The Mollusk at various inland locations. The album was finished in 1996, and released on June 24, 1997.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Dancing in the Show Tonight"   1:56
2. "The Mollusk"   2:37
3. "Polka Dot Tail"   3:20
4. "I'll Be Your Jonny on the Spot"   2:01
5. "Mutilated Lips"   3:49
6. "The Blarney Stone"   3:14
7. "It's Gonna Be (Alright)"   3:19
8. "The Golden Eel"   4:04
9. "Cold Blows the Wind"   4:28
10. "Pink Eye (On My Leg)"   3:13
11. "Waving My Dick in the Wind"   2:12
12. "Buckingham Green"   3:19
13. "Ocean Man"   2:07
14. "She Wanted to Leave / (Reprise)"   4:26
  • "I'm Dancing in the Show Tonight" is a re-working of a 1953 Christmas song, "Are My Ears on Straight?" recorded by then 10-year-old Gayla Peevey.
  • "She Wanted to Leave / (Reprise)" contains the main song, "She Wanted to Leave", as well as an instrumental reprise of "I'm Dancing in the Show Tonight".


  • Dean Ween - Guitar, Vocals, Engineer
  • Gene Ween - Vocals, Engineer
  • Dave Dreiwitz - Bass
  • Glenn McClelland - Keyboard
  • Kirk Miller - Sound Effects
  • Claude Coleman, Jr. - Engineer
  • Juan Garcia - Assistant Engineer
  • Bill McNamera - Assistant Engineer
  • Steve Nebesney - Assistant Engineer
  • Mick Preston - Assistant Engineer
  • Ralph Smith - Assistant Engineer
  • Jim Woolsey - Assistant Engineer
  • Andrew Weiss - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Peter Curzon - Artwork
  • Tom Nichols - Photography
  • Rupert Truman - Photography
  • Sam Brooks - Cover Design
  • Finlay Cowan - Cover Design
  • Storm Thorgerson - Cover Design
  • Matt Kohut
  • Jason Reddy
  • Mean Ween
  • Bill Fowler - Guitar


  • 1997 The Mollusk Heatseekers No. 5
  • 1997 The Mollusk Billboard 200 No. 159