12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the tradition of the classic rock bands the duo loved, Ween finally proffered its own version of an “odds and sods” collection in 2005 with Shinola, Vol. 1. With the title—a play on the old adage “you don’t know sh*t from shinola”—the band certainly wasn’t expecting its fans to treat this pool of outtakes too seriously. And yet by providing a survey of Ween’s stylistic adventures since 1991's The Pod, Shinola functions as the perfect retrospective: an anti-greatest hits album. “Big Fat F**k,” “Boys Club," and “Tastes Good on th’ Bun” rank with the most wonderfully weird songs from Ween's wild and wooly early days, while “I Fell in Love Today” and “Someday” display the more restrained sophistication of its post-2000 output. As far as strange and delightful lost gems go, Ween’s archives certainly don’t disappoint. But Shinola's highlight would have to be its trifecta of homages to the great heroes of pop and rock music. Ween puts in prodigious caricatures of Todd Rundgren (“Transitions") and Prince (“Monique the Freak”), but the tribute to Thin Lizzy (“Gabrielle”) is sublimely realistic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the tradition of the classic rock bands the duo loved, Ween finally proffered its own version of an “odds and sods” collection in 2005 with Shinola, Vol. 1. With the title—a play on the old adage “you don’t know sh*t from shinola”—the band certainly wasn’t expecting its fans to treat this pool of outtakes too seriously. And yet by providing a survey of Ween’s stylistic adventures since 1991's The Pod, Shinola functions as the perfect retrospective: an anti-greatest hits album. “Big Fat F**k,” “Boys Club," and “Tastes Good on th’ Bun” rank with the most wonderfully weird songs from Ween's wild and wooly early days, while “I Fell in Love Today” and “Someday” display the more restrained sophistication of its post-2000 output. As far as strange and delightful lost gems go, Ween’s archives certainly don’t disappoint. But Shinola's highlight would have to be its trifecta of homages to the great heroes of pop and rock music. Ween puts in prodigious caricatures of Todd Rundgren (“Transitions") and Prince (“Monique the Freak”), but the tribute to Thin Lizzy (“Gabrielle”) is sublimely realistic.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

tentigers ,

super awesome

This album is super awesome, I love it Ween is incredible even the songs that "don't make it" are great. I highly recommend.

D-Designs ,

A little present for Ween fans...

That's how I look at this album. For us Ween fans almost anything Ween records is a treat. Not many bands can put together a whole album with songs that ended up on the cutting room floor- and have it be a good album. There are some silly songs such as "Tastes Good On th' Bun" and "Big Fat F**k", but there are also some gems like "Gabrielle" and "The Rift". Bands like Ween give us hope; hope that MTV, VH1, and other mainstream media outlets don't always have an effect on a band's soul. Throughout it all, Ween has truly been true to themselves, their music, and their fans. This record is proof of that. I can't wait till the next one!

darkTowerprodigy ,

It's Ween:)

This is an album for Ween fans and you should know what your getting into I wouldn't make this my first Ween album purchase try Chocolate & Cheese ,Pure Guava, or The Mollusk instead. Shinola reminds me of classic Ween and I Iove it.middouyeese?

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