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|Studio album by Ween|
|Released||September 20, 1991|
The Pod, Van Sant Road in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania
|Genre||Alternative rock, lo-fi|
The Pod is the second studio album by Ween, originally released by Shimmy Disc in September 1991. The album takes its name from the band's apartment where the album was recorded, which the band nicknamed "The Pod."
The cover art on this album is a takeoff of the 1975 The Best of Leonard Cohen LP record cover. Ween simply positioned a photo of Mean Ween's head (wearing a "nitrous oxide powered bong" which is sometimes mistaken for a "Scotchgard bong") over Cohen's cover art and did alterations to the title and other graphics. The copy of the Leonard Cohen record that Ween used had purportedly belonged to Dean Ween's mother, Eileen Ween. The Pod, according to Ween lore, was written under the influence of Scotchgard, but this was later refuted by Gene and Dean themselves as being "the most slime-bag thing we could think of".
The album was recorded on two tapes made by Ween from January to October 1990, at the Pod on Van Sant Road in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania. The tapes were titled the Bilboa tape and the Big Timmy Wasserman tape. Both tapes contain not only demo versions of songs on the album, but many outtakes not used on any album or tracks used on future albums.
All of the songs have a murky, sludgy quality to them, due to being recorded on a Tascam four-track cassette recorder, and many of the vocals are manipulated in strange ways. The album contains bizarre lyrical content, often attributed to the fact that Dean and Gene both came down with cases of mononucleosis during the recording of the album. The song "Alone" borrows the guitar riff/melody from Robyn Hitchcock's "The Bones In The Ground".
The Pod has since been remastered and reissued by Elektra Records after the relative success of such Ween albums as Pure Guava (1992) and Chocolate and Cheese (1994); as mentioned above, the album was previously issued by Shimmy Disc.
|1.||"Strap on that jammypac"||3:03|
|5.||"The Stallion (pt. 1)"||2:51|
|7.||"Right to the ways and the rules of the world"||5:05|
|11.||"Can u taste the waste?"||1:39|
|12.||"Don't sweat it"||4:02|
|17.||"Oh my dear (falling in love)"||1:57|
|18.||"Sketches of Winkle"||2:44|
|21.||"She fucks me"||3:59|
|22.||"Pork roll egg and cheese"||3:02|
|23.||"The Stallion (pt. 2)"||4:35|
- "The Stallion (pt. 1)" was not listed on the covers of original Shimmy Disc (CD, tape, double vinyl) releases, although the song is present as track #5.
From the Shimmy-Disc CD:
- "Recorded by Dean and Gene Ween on a Tascam four-track cassette recorder between January and October 1990. All songs recorded at the Pod, where we lived for a year and 10 months (with our cat Mandee). The Pod was scenically located on Van Sant Road in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania. Our apartment was a haven for flies because it sits in the middle of a horse farm. In the time this album was completed, we filled up 3,600 hours of tape, and inhaled 5 cans of Scotchgard. This album was then produced and mixed by Andrew Weiss (our pal) at the Zion House of Flesh, Hopewell, New Jersey. Straight to DAT Mang. Mean Ween played the bass on "Alone" and that's him on the cover doin' up some Scotchguard powered bongs. We got evicted on October 1, 1991. But Dave Ayers says he's gonna help us out. Cover and art designs by Logorhythms."
- Dean Ween - Guitar, Vocals, Engineer
- Gene Ween - Vocals, Engineer
- Mean Ween - Bass on "Alone"
- Ween - Art Direction
- Howie Weinberg - Remastering
- Andrew Weiss - Producer, Mixing
- "Heather Phares. "The Pod".". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2015.