White Pepper

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White Pepper
Studio album by Ween
Released May 2, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Alternative rock, Neo-psychedelia
Length 39:35 (Regular version)
41:56 (Japanese version)
Label Elektra
Producer Christopher Shaw, Ween
Ween chronology
Craters of the Sac
(1999)
White Pepper
(2000)
Live in Toronto Canada
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[3]

White Pepper is Ween's seventh full-length album, and the last album they would release on Elektra Records. It was released on May 2, 2000.

White Pepper is one of Ween's more polished albums. Songs such as "Even If You Don't" feature powerful, radio-friendly production and musicianship. Ween's bizarre sense of humour is still intact (such as on the Steely Dan send-up "Pandy Fackler") and their hard rock roots still show as seen on "Stroker Ace" and "The Grobe", but for the most part, Ween play the album much more subdued than usual, using pop (especially Beatles-based pop) and AM radio staples for its inspiration. The title is said to be a tip of the hat to The Beatles, combining Sgt. Pepper's and The White Album into one name, and the cover to Edward Weston's Pepper No. 30.[4]

The band helped promote the album by performing "Exactly Where I'm At" on the Late Show with David Letterman. The track "Even If You Don't" was made into a music video and directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame. According to Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo), he and Gene Ween (Aaron Freeman) are good friends of Parker and Stone, and Melchiondo has even referred to them (Parker and Stone) as kindred spirits.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ween. Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Ver Music/Browndog Music, BMI.

No. Title Length
1. "Exactly Where I'm At"   4:31
2. "Flutes of Chi"   3:30
3. "Even If You Don't"   3:25
4. "Bananas and Blow"   3:34
5. "Stroker Ace"   2:08
6. "Ice Castles"   2:05
7. "Back to Basom"   3:46
8. "The Grobe"   3:32
9. "Pandy Fackler"   3:57
10. "Stay Forever"   3:32
11. "Falling Out"   2:28
12. "She's Your Baby"   3:00
13. "Who Dat?" (Japan Bonus Track) 2:21

Singles[edit]

  • "Even If You Don't" was released as a single on Mushroom Records with the B-side "Cornbread Red".
  • "Stay Forever" was released as a single on Mushroom Records with "The Grobe" and "Who Dat?". "Who Dat?" was also included in the Japanese version of the album.[5]
  • "Pandy Fackler" refers to one of the demo tapes used in the recording of The Pod.

Musicians featured on the record[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris Shaw - Producer, Engineer, Mixer
  • Danny Madorsky - Assistant Engineer
  • Phil Painson - Assistant Engineer
  • Damian Shannon - Assistant Engineer
  • Kirk Miller - Live Sound Engineer
  • Ween - Producer
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Gregory Burke - Art direction
  • Danny Clinch - Photography

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 121
Heatseekers 2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ LeMay, Matt (2000-4-30). "Album Reviews: Ween: White Pepper". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-3-4.
  5. ^ "Pop-Catastrophe (Ween - White Pepper)". Retrieved 2012-7-13.