Pure Guava

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Pure Guava
Ween-PureGuava.jpg
Studio album by Ween
Released November 10, 1992[1]
Recorded 1992
Genre Alternative rock, lo-fi
Length 55:46
Label Elektra
Producer Ween
Ween chronology
The Pod
(1991)
Pure Guava
(1992)
Chocolate and Cheese
(1994)

Pure Guava is the third studio album by Ween. It is their first album 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]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau C+[5]

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 and stated that the uncompromising album hints at just how much further the band could go with their music.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Little Birdy" Melchiondo and Chris Williams 3:30
2. "Tender Situation" Melchiondo 3:40
3. "The Stallion Pt. 3" Freeman 3:30
4. "Big Jilm" Freeman and Melchiondo 2:10
5. "Push th' Little Daisies" Freeman 2:48
6. "The Goin' Gets Tough from the Getgo" Freeman and Melchiondo 2:08
7. "Reggaejunkiejew" Melchiondo 4:51
8. "I Play It Off Legit" Freeman and Melchiondo 3:20
9. "Pumpin' 4 the Man" Freeman and Melchiondo 1:30
10. "Sarah" Freeman 2:09
11. "Springtheme" Freeman 3:00
12. "Flies on My Dick" Freeman and Guy Heller 3:26
13. "I Saw Gener Cryin' in His Sleep" Melchiondo 1:48
14. "Touch My Tooter" Freeman 2:23
15. "Mourning Glory" Freeman 5:14
16. "Loving U thru It All" Freeman and Melchiondo 2:28
17. "Hey Fat Boy (Asshole)" Freeman 1:53
18. "Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)" Freeman 3:23
19. "Poop Ship Destroyer" Freeman 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 – Bass, Mixing
  • Patricia Frey - Digital Editing
  • Stephan [Said] – Additional Instrumentation
  • 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. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Pure Guava – Ween". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Wyman, Bill (December 18, 1992). "Pure Guava". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 864–65. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Pure Guava Review". Robertchristgau.com.