Quebec (album)

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quebec
Quebec (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Ween
Released August 5, 2003
Recorded 2001-2003
Genre Indie rock, experimental rock, art rock, punk rock
Length 55:07
Label Sanctuary
Producer Andrew Weiss
Ween chronology
Live at Stubb's
(2002)Live at Stubb's2002
Quebec
(2003)
All Request Live
(2003)All Request Live2003
Singles from Quebec
  1. "Tried and True/Mountains and Buffalo"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Transdermal Celebration"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media7.7/10[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic5/5 stars[3]

quebec is the eighth album by Ween, released on August 5, 2003 on Sanctuary Records. It was the first album released after the band's contract with Elektra expired, and marked its return to independent labels.

The song "It's Gonna Be a Long Night" is featured in the video game Tony Hawk's Underground 2 and in the TV show The Shield. The music video for "Transdermal Celebration" was animated by well known Disney animator Adam Phillips.

Music critic Mark Prindle named quebec the best album of the 2000s in an interview on Fox News Channel's Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.[5] Mojo named it the No. 39 best album of 2003.[6] "CMJ" named it the No. 8 best album of 2003.[7]

On August 11, 2011, Dean Ween quietly released a two-disc, MP3-only collection of songs, The Caesar Demos, named after the band's original working title for quebec—to friends on his Facebook page. In his comment, he stated the songs were all recorded between 2001 and 2003 while drummer Claude Coleman, Jr. was recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident, and that many of the tracks featured only himself and Gene. In addition to a handful of recordings that eventually made the album, the demos feature several alternate takes as well as a number of songs that have remained unreleased.[8][9]

The cover art on this album is a takeoff of the game Thorns from the 3M Paper Games Series.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Quebec[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."It's Gonna Be a Long Night"2:48
2."Zoloft"3:51
3."Transdermal Celebration"3:25
4."Among His Tribe"3:37
5."So Many People in the Neighborhood"3:28
6."Tried and True"4:01
7."Happy Colored Marbles"3:12
8."Hey There Fancypants"1:59
9."Captain"3:58
10."Chocolate Town"3:26
11."I Don't Want It"3:16
12."The F**ked Jam"2:53
13."Alcan Road"5:10
14."The Argus"4:51
15."If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)"4:44
Total length:55:07

Caesar Demos[edit]

The Caesar Demos is a compilation album released digitally for free trading by the band in 2011.[11] It contains a combination of demo tracks from Quebec and songs recorded for the album which were cut prior to pressing. About the compilation Dean Ween wrote:

well what can i say about this here, lemme see. the first thing that comes to mind is that all the while we were doing this we still had claude coleman on drums, he eventually got into a major car wreck and wasn't around when it finally came time to make the "real" record. instead the drum duties fell on me, josh freese, and sim cain for a couple of tunes. almost all of this was recorded at our beach house in holgate, nj onto 16 track tape. a tiny bit of it was recorded in the garage behind aaron's house in pt. pleasant, pa. some of it was recorded in the spare bedroom of my house in new hope. most of the tunes are just me and aaron, with the two of us playing everything, with me on drums. the songs with claude, dave, and glenn are pretty obvious. on just a few tunes we took what you hear here and cleaned them up and had andrew weiss mix them for the record after some overdubs. dave sings on "it's gonna be a long night", this was days before he had surgery to remove polyps in his throat and his voice was really rough so we figured he was the guy for the job. This isn't even all of the tunes that we ended up choosing from, just the ones i happened to burn to cd before we drove home from the beach every week. hope you dig it for what it is.

Disc 1
No.TitleLength
1."Chocolate Town"2:49
2."Pot Luck"2:27
3."Ooh Vah Lah"2:49
4."So Many People in the Neighborhood"2:26
5."Linda (the Sexy Dancer)"2:52
6."That Man (from the Flatland)"4:57
7."Happy Colored Marbles"2:39
8."Hey There Fancypants"2:08
9."If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)"5:44
10."It's Gonna Be a Long Night"2:46
11."Oh My Little Country Cottage"1:36
12."Among His Tribe"2:46
13."Transdermal Celebration"3:23
14."Captain"4:18
15."Tried and True"4:24
16."I Fell in Love Today"3:40
Total length:51:44
Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."I Don't Want It"3:57
2."Ambrosia Parsley"4:36
3."Zoloft"2:32
4."Love Come Down (9-11-01)"5:42
5."Alcan Road"3:35
6."Don't Let the Moon Catch You Cryin'"3:30
7."You Can Go Shit in Your Hat (Matt)"2:20
8."Someday"3:34
9."She Caught My Fancy"3:01
10."Eulogy for David Anderson"3:08
11."Things You Already Know"3:52
12."Hello Johnny"3:55
13."I'm Wide Open"5:16
Total length:48:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Dean Ween – bass, guitar, drums, electric guitar, keyboards, vocals, electric sitar, vocoder
  • Gene Ween – synthesizer, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, vocals, omnichord, drum machine
  • Andrew Weiss – synthesizer, percussion, strings, arranger, drums, keyboards, producer, fretless bass, mixing, soloist
  • Glen McClelland – organ, piano, accordion, keyboards
  • Dave Dreiwitz – bass
  • Sim Cain – drums
  • Josh Freese – drums
  • Ween – arranger
  • Christopher Shaw – mixing
  • Ted Young – mixing assistant
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering

In Popular Culture[edit]

The owners of Shorts Brewery in Bellaire, Michigan are such big fans of Ween that their menus are styled after the cover art of Quebec along with food, beers, and labeling that are tributes to the band.

The Devin Townsend Project released their album Transcendence on September 9, 2016, which contains a cover of "Transdermal Celebration."

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

  • 2003 Billboard 200 No. 81

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  4. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Ween". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 864–65. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Mark Prindle's 13th appearance on Fox News' "Red Eye" on YouTube
  6. ^ Magazine, Mojo (2011-04-20). "Mojo's Best Albums of 2003 list". Ranker.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  7. ^ "Transitions: Personal Essays". Whitworth.edu. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  8. ^ "Ween . Net | Ween News | Ween Tour Dates | Ween Music | Ween Video | Gene Ween | Dean Ween". Ween.net. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  9. ^ "HENRY KRINKLE'S HOUSE OF SOUND: Ween: Caesar ("quebec" demos & unreleased tracks)". Henrykrinkle.blogspot.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  10. ^ "3M Paper Games Series: Thorns". Boardgamegeek. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  11. ^ The Caesar Demos @ Ween.net