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Chocolate & Cheese

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Those of us who worship at the Church of Ween (Hail to the great god Boognish!) know that skinny blond twerp Beck stole his whole shtick from New Jersey musical geniuses Dean and Gene. Always ahead of their time, the brothers Ween have responded by abandoning their traditional lo-fi four-track recording methods and giving us their lushest album yet, Chocolate and Cheese. Not that Ween's fourth effort is polished; that adjective could never describe an album that veers wildly from acoustic Mexican folk songs, to pure '70s disco, to the appropriately named single, "I Can't Put My Finger On It." But Chocolate and Cheese may come even closer than "Push Th' Little Daisies" to fulfilling Dean's goal of establishing Ween as the next Counting Crows. --Jim DeRogatis


1. Take Me Away
2. Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)
3. Freedom Of '76
4. I Can't Put My Finger On It
5. A Tear For Eddie
6. Roses Are Free
7. Baby Bitch
8. Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony?
9. Drifter In The Dark
10. Voodoo Lady
11. Joppa Road
12. Candi
13. Buenas Tardes Amigo
14. The HIV Song
15. What Deaner Was Talkin' About
16. Don't Shit Where You Eat

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 27, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By garky on September 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I just got Quebec and it reminded me of a funny Ween related story (one of many. just kidding). Back when the olympics were in Atlanta, my granpa bought some tickets to scalp, and drove from L.A. all the way to Georgia. The trip got pretty boring, so they grabbed the only tape they could find in the car. It happened to be Ween's Chocolate and CHeese, that I had left days before. Apparently they listened to it repeatedly, hour after hour. THey came home singing "Buenas Tardes Amigos" and "Joppa Road", wanting to know who was behind this masterpiece of an album.
If this isn't a testament to the univeral beauty of Ween, I don't know what is.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pounds on October 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
1994's "Chocolate & Cheese" is arguably Ween's finest moment in their career. You may be a little puzzled with Ween's unique brand of music if you've only heard albums such as "GodWeenSatan: The Oneness", "The Pod", or "Pure Guava". Those are their earlier album, which are masterpieces, but very much like "Mr. Bungle" or "Captain Beefheart", material like that can be kind of hard to swallow at first listen, or it might scare you away. The love for their earlier albums will come with how you feel about this album, or one of their more recent albums. The first time I heard "GodWeenSatan: The Oneness" I didn't like it; now it's my favorite Ween album (actually, all of their albums are too great to pick a favorite). After I heard "Chocolate & Cheese" I was hooked; and after getting into "The Mollusk" immediately after, the only way I can describe Ween to anybody that asks me about them, is that they're the greatest band on earth.

"Chocolate & Cheese" provides so much variety, that it is sure to hook you like a fish, no matter what your tastes may be. They have amazingly witty and unique songwriting. The vocals go from high falsetto notes, deep rumbling tones, Spanish vocal tones, country vocal tones, and an insane amount of vocal filters; all conveying that Ween is one of a kind from the get-go. Although Gene and Dean both play guitar, Dean tears it up on lead guitar, throwing in solos and stylish riffs throughout the album. All of these traits shows that Ween has true talent that is easily understood shortly after the album begins. Those of you that have heard albums like "The Pod" or "Pure Guava" can understand why a first time listener would dismiss Ween if they are scared off by songs like "Reggaejunkiejew".
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By William H. Moss on April 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
At first it's easy to dismiss Ween as a novelty act. With crazy lyrics and a galaxy of bizzar effects, Ween comes off as a goof, nothing more nothing less. Yet, as you delve deeper into the complexity and sheer song writing talent of Dean and Gene Ween (not their real names) you begin to realize that these guys are musical geniuses, pure and simple. "Chocolate and Cheese" explores an entire catologue of music genres. From the soulful "Freedom of '76", to the funky "Voodoo Lady", to the trippy "Tear for Eddie" to the silly, yet enchanting "Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony". I'll admit I was sceptical at first, knowing nothing of Ween except the insane "Push Th' Little Daisies" video I had seen a few times on MTV. After a few listens I began to realize what a musical masterpiece this album truly is. Any serious music fan would be doing themselves a favor by purchasing this album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. R Robertson on May 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Deconstructing and reassembling more musical genres than ever before, Ween prove that they can evolve from rambling like lunatics on a Tascam recorder to rambling like lunatics in a professional studio atmosphere without losing their special touch. The greatest thing about the brothers Ween is that they can ramble on about the most bizzare & twisted crackpot ideas while having a keen sense of humor, too. Because "C&C" is also an eclectic mix(or de-mix) of funk, alternative rock, 70's prog rock, Philly Soul, acoustic pop, Prince-style bubblegum pop, folk, Cowboy-drifter ballads, "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly" inspired Spanish folk, and their own offbeat style, it is one of the best of their collection to get if you want to try them out. Once you have heard it, you will want to dive deeper into their world, and get all their other albums...except maybe "12 GCG" and "White Pepper" which lack their creativeness. If you do choose to get those, make them the last on your list (You might even want to get the rare, cassette-only independent 80's releases before those two). All in all, this is a great album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B on March 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Strangely, the production values on "Chocolate & Cheese" were turned up many notches. Now, Ween sounds like an actual band as opposed to two stoners with a drum machine and a 4-track. Luckily, their humor is still in tact.

The band flies through genre after genre on this 14 track effort. There's lounge rock ("Take Me Away"), smooth Philly soul ("Freedom of '76" - and yes, Gene Ween has a surprisingly good falsetto), Pink Floyd-like psychedelia ("A Tear for Eddie"), Spaghetti-western epics ("Buenos Tardes Amigos"), lush soft rock ("Joppa Road"), cheesy 70's pop ("What Deaner Was Talkin' About"), and country/folk ("Drifter in the Dark").

Wait. There's more. "Roses Are Free" is one of the best Prince pastiches ever; It's a wickedly catchy pop song that sounds straight out of the "Around the World in a Day"-era. And "Voodoo Lady" is part funk, part disco, part pop, with a little Caribbean flavor thrown in. It's a classic.

And, the album wouldn't be complete without Ween's own brand of gonzo, tasteless (yet hilarious) pop songs such as "Spinal Meningitis", "Mister, Would You Please Help My Pony", "Candi", "The H.I.V. Song", and the Middle Eastern-tinged "I Can't Put My Finger On It".

Some people may have been disappointed in Ween's sleeker sound, but it's hard not to love "Chocolate & Cheese", because it's clear at this point that they're getting really really good - both musically, and at writing catchy pop songs.
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