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|Birth name||Michael Melchiondo "Little Man", Jr.|
|Also known as||Dean Ween|
|Born||September 25, 1970|
Trenton, New Jersey United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, experimental rock, neo-psychedelia, hard rock, lo-fi|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, fishing guide|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass|
|Associated acts||Ween, Moistboyz, The Dean Ween Group|
Michael Melchiondo, Jr. (born September 25, 1970), better known by his stage name Dean Ween, is an American guitarist, and is one half of the alternative rock group Ween. Melchiondo is currently active in the groups Moistboyz, The Dean Ween Group and Ween.
Melchiondo met Aaron Freeman in a junior high school typing class in their hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania. The two adopted the fictitious surname, Ween, with Melchiondo taking up the name Dean Ween and Freeman the name Gene Ween.
In 1991, Melchiondo formed a punk rock duo with Guy Heller called the Moistboyz, who have released five eponymous studio recordings.
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, and Bobby Ogdin, in Nashville was released in 1996.
Melchiondo made contributions to two projects by his friend Josh Homme: The Desert Sessions and Queens of the Stone Age. On the 2002 Queens of the Stone Age album Songs for the Deaf, Melchiondo played guitar on "Mosquito Song", "Gonna Leave You", and "Six Shooter".
In 2012, in the wake of Ween's breakup, Melchiondo formed The Dean Ween Group. In August 2016 the Dean Ween Group's debut album, The Deaner Album, was announced. It was subsequently released on October 21 through ATO Records. A second album, rock2, was released in March, 2018.
Projects and appearances outside Ween
|1993||En Esch – Cheesy||TVT Records|
|1994||Moistboyz – Moistboyz I||Grand Royal|
|1994||Moistboyz – O.G. Simpson||X-Ploit Records|
|1995||Moistboyz – Second Hand Smoker||Arson Records|
|1995||Kostars – Klassics With a 'K||Grand Royal|
|1996||Moistboyz – Moistboyz II||Grand Royal|
|1996||Yoko Ono – Rising 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||Pigface – Preaching to the Perverted||Invisible Records|
|2002||Moistboyz – Moistboyz III||Ipecac Recordings|
|2002||Ben – I Am a Monster||Ben Chatrer|
|2002||Rollins Band – Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three||Sanctuary Records|
|2002||Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf||Interscope Records|
|2003||Desert Sessions – Volumes 9 & 10||Ipecac Recordings/Rekords Rekords|
|2005||Moistboyz – Moistboyz IV||Sanctuary Records|
|2005||Chris Harford – Looking Out For Number 6||Chocodog Records|
|2011||Ben – Bath||Ben Chatrer|
|2013||Moistboyz – Moistboyz V||Neverman Records|
|2014||Nick Oliveri's Uncontrollable – Leave Me Alone||Schnitzel Records|
|2016||The Dean Ween Group – The Deaner Album||ATO Records|
|2018||The Dean Ween Group – rock2||Schnitzel Records|
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- "Mickey's Guide Service". Mickeysfishing.com. January 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
- Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger (June 14, 2011). "By night, he's a rock star – by day, he's a fisherman". NJ.com. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
- "Dean Ween Group". September 9, 2016. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
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- Polk, Leilani (July 6, 2018). "Dean Ween Group Is Going to Rock Your Fucking Face Off at Neumos Tonight". Retrieved 2018-09-26.