Ween Is Over, But We Still Have These Five Dork Rock Groups to Love
It's not usually a happy ending for a band when only some of their members are informed that they're breaking up. Aaron Freeman, a.k.a. Gene Ween, said earlier this week that it's time for him to put Ween to rest. "It's been a long time -- 25 years," Freeman said in an interview with Rolling Stone. "It was a good run."
He forgot to consider one minor detail when he made this decision, though: His bandmate Mickey Melchiondo, a.k.a. Dean Ween, was never formally informed that his Ween days had suddenly come to an end. It was "news to me," Melchiondo said. Even Ween's publicist had no information about the sneak attack-style breakup.
Although experimental rock band Ween is no longer around to entertain us (unless they pull a Jay-Z still stint of going in and out of retirement, or they are already planning a reunion tour), we can still hold a few dork rock bands near and dear to our hearts.
Check out five of our favorite goofy groups, in no particular order, after the jump...
They're sarcastic, their humor is dry, and they tell half the audience to "suck it" when the other half of the crowd sings along more loudly. After all, their dream girl wears a short skirt and a long jacket. Need we say more?
From Rivers Cuomo's adorkable thick-frame glasses to the band's love for vests, pullover sweaters, and fancy button-down shirts, Weezer always plays the part of the nerdiest rockers on the music scene. These guys are even down to play D&D, but only if they can play in the garage.
Another musician who's not ashamed of his big ol' glasses, sometimes he just can't catch a break. Despite always being one for happy improvised songs at his shows, his albums are loaded with songs about dealing with shyness, rejection, and even a shmoshmortion. Ben said it best in "Army": "'Cause my peers, they criticize me/And my ex-wives all despise me/Try to put it all behind me/But my redneck past is nipping at my heals." Tough stuff, buddy.
Moxy Fruvous has a beastly song about Spider-Man, a track about green eggs and ham, and another about being a former king of Spain and now working assorted odd jobs for minimum wage in Canada. This band isn't shy about getting weird, and we dig that about them.
Known for mixing music with a healthy dose of humor, Kyle Gass and Jack Black love to get crazy. They're no strangers to going over the top with everything they do. They're wild and they're out there, and we'll never get sick of them.
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