Throwback Thursday — The Blarney Stone | Ween (1997)


Michael Orbain

Ween has always been a band that everybody is aware of, but no one can actually tell you anything about. Ween was formed in 1984 by Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo who go by the pseudonyms Gene Ween and Dean Ween respectively. Ween is known mostly for their wacky, humorous, and experimental style which spans across several genres including rock, country, punk and lo-fi. Ween is often compared to artists such as Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa, and the Butthole Surfers.


“The Blarney Stone” kicks off with a lyric about brandishing a claymore which sets the tone for what you just got yourself into. Ween must’ve had a time machine for how accurately they capture life on a Scottish pirate ship. Upon initially listening to the track, you notice the “crew” singing along to the chorus, but after a few repeated listens you find yourself mimicking the crew members as you realize that you have become part of Dean and Gene Ween’s pirate gang. As the grand sea shanty comes to an end it becomes apparent that you will never sail the seven seas with Ween, unfortunately, but at least you can temporarily fill the void with this track.