White Pepper

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White Pepper
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 2, 2000
Length39:28 (Regular version)
41:56 (Japanese version)
  • Christopher Shaw
  • Ween
Ween chronology
Craters of the Sac
White Pepper
Live in Toronto Canada
Singles from White Pepper
  1. "Even If You Don't"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Stay Forever"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Chicago Sun-Times3/4 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Melody Maker3.5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

White Pepper is the seventh studio album by the American rock band Ween, and the last album they would release on Elektra Records. It was released on May 2, 2000.

White Pepper is one of Ween's most 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.[8]

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 Freeman has even referred to them (Parker and Stone) as kindred spirits.[12]

Track listing[edit]

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

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
Total length:39:35


  • "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.[13]
  • "Pandy Fackler" refers to one of the demo tapes used in the recording of The Pod.


  • 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



Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 121
Heatseekers 2


  1. ^ "Reviews for White Pepper by Ween". Metacritic. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "White Pepper – Ween". AllMusic. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  3. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (July 2, 2000). "Ween, 'White Pepper'". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on November 19, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Walters, Barry (June 2, 2000). "White Pepper". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Cox, Tom (May 12, 2000). "Childish prodigies". The Guardian. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ween: White Pepper". Melody Maker: 52. May 9, 2000.
  7. ^ Ward, Christian (June 8, 2000). "Ween – White Pepper". NME. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  8. ^ a b LeMay, Matt (April 30, 2000). "Ween: White Pepper". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  9. ^ McLeod, Kembrew (May 11, 2000). "Ween: White Pepper". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  10. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Ween". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 864–65. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ "Ween: White Pepper". Uncut (39): 86. August 2000.
  12. ^ "Watch Ween's 'Even If You Don't' Music Video Directed By The Creators Of South Park". Live For Live Music. Retrieved 2016-4-16
  13. ^ [1] Archived May 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine