Gene Ween performing with Ween at The Edmonton Events Centre in Edmonton, Alberta on November 17, 2007.
|Birth name||Aaron Freeman|
|Also known as||Gene Ween, Gener, Papa|
|Born||March 17, 1970|
|Genres||Alternative rock, experimental rock, psychedelic rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, mandolin, percussion|
Gene Ween Band
|Gibson Les Paul|
You know, it's absolutely connected to The Mollusk in that, it's what we're writing after The Mollusk. A lot of this stuff reminds me of things on The Mollusk.
We are going to put out a boxed set thing, but I don't want to do it yet. I want to wait until we're 45 and we're bitter and broke. Then, we'll put out the comprehensive Ween boxed set.
Not after the big bust in '92, there's no big drug lifestyle anymore. I can't talk about it. Pretty ugly.
Now in a way, money is money, and if it's going to increase our audience, that's fine.
I want to sound like Christopher Cross in another ten years, and be totally proud of it.
Basically, Pizza Hut just backed out on the ad agency at the last minute. They got fired and we got fired. It was a simple as that. We do stuff like that on and off.
A few years ago, one of our singles got beaten out by Better Than Ezra. The label could only have one band at a time being taken to the right people at radio, and they opted for Better Than Ezra instead of us. Who knows.
When it comes to the recording and writing, it's still mostly Mickey and I. But now there's this whole live entity that's a whole different thing, and it seems to be where we're gaining the most popularity.
In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open.
My decision to leave 'Ween', however interpreted, was absolutely not made in haste.
We sold a certain, steady amount of product for them and they could count on it. When it came time to ask for the money for this new record, they dropped us. It was fine with us. It was a dead fish.
A lot of those songs are actually about Sarah, who I was recently divorced from about five or six months ago. I'd been seeing her off and on since I was about nineteen, so a lot of those songs are about her.
I wrote most of these songs right before the end. A lot of these songs are about that. Even if it's not direct, you can feel the beginning of the end of the breakup in these songs.
We had been working. We had a bunch of songs written and it came time to make the record, so we had our lawyer make the call to Elektra and ask for our advance. Then, we got dropped. It was actually exciting.
I'm a very big Notorious B.I.G. fan and I do an imitation of him that always cracks everybody up.
Most of our fans seem to be very intelligent people who don't stand out too much, but they're still total freaks. I like that – they're smart and sadistic, which I think is a reflection at us.