Listen-Along: “The Mollusk”

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1) I’m Dancing in the Show Tonight



Tucker Phillips: Gyar! This be a song any pirate can connect with.

Andre Theuerkauf: I’m just laughing. Nonstop.

TP: Showtime is getting nearer! Oh lord.

AT: This is a pirate’s song if any.

TP: Keep Ween away from the kids at the family get-togethers, maybe.

Jackson Scott: For the first time in a long time, I don’t know what to say about what I’m hearing.

TP: Well, this has been the funniest listen-along so far.

AT: Max family fun.

TP: Show time is here!

2) The Mollusk



AT: And genre change…

TP: Donovan stopped by to say hello!

AT: OMG. I’m floating. In the ocean.donovan_large

JS: Woah.

TP: I love the trills. I hope they spent weeks on that sound.

AT: I bet a mollusk made it naturally.

JS: This sounds familiar.

TP: IT IS THE SOUND OF TIME IMMEMORIAL. Them trumpets.

AT: Trumpet monster.

TP: Synthpets.

JS: Reverb.

TP: Oh goodness this monologue is perfect.

AT: Magical.

JS: This is a bit Books like. But totally not.

AT: Creepy really.

JS: Also, I’m getting a Badly Drawn Boy vibe.

AT: This particular song, the ending, perfecto.

TP: It’s purdy.

3) Polka Dot Tail



AT: And back to crazy town.

JS: Heavy drones.

TP: Whatever, I love this song. It’s like my childhood as seen through a melting window or something.

AT: I was born and raised in crazy town.

TP: Have you ever made a flan? I haven’t. Some day.

AT: I did.

TP: BILLY

JS: What kind of childhoods do you guys have?

AT: BILLLYY. Get it Billy.

TP: My childhood involved lots of flans.

JS: This is Wilcoesque.

TP: This is basically Coldplay. AUGGHH. GUYS THIS SECOND GUITAR SOLO THOUGH. THIS SECOND GUITAR SOLO.

AT: Billy?

TP: BILLY

JS: Who is BILLY?

TP: HELP ME BILLY

JS: Underwater guitar solo.

TP: I guess he’s the guitar player? He’s dancing in the show tonight.

AT: I hope Billy is just the name of the guitar.

TP: That’d make sense too.

AT: What a haunting sound that was…

4) I’ll Be Your Johnny On the Spot



AT: So fast paced.

JS: Danggg.

AT: It’s like I’m running from the cops.

JS: Underwater.

TP: AFTER THE WHITE WHALE! Gotta shuck that corn early. Don’t want it to get overshucked.hand-operated-corn-RDK100

AT: I always shuck early in the morn.

TP: I’ve heard that about you. Still pickin’ hairs out hours later.

AT: What instrument is this?

TP: THE UNIVERSE

AT: Ahhh.

JS: A vocoder I believe. But also the universe probably too.

5) Mutilated Lips



AT: Licking my brain in silence.

JS: I have never heard anything like this ever. But it all sounds so familiar.

AT: I always love trying to sing like this.

TP: This is one of my top “I wish I had been in the studio” albums. Apparently it got flooded at some point.

AT: So many tentacles. So little time.

JS: This sounds kind of Why?-like.

TP: Vocally I can definitely see it. Er, hear it.

AT: Sassy frassy lassy, that’s gonna be my pet’s name. Every song sounds like something else, that’s why I like this album so much.

TP: It’s a trip. And we’re back on the yacht.

JS: I sense a darkness to this record despite its playfulness.

AT: Slow rolling waves.

TP: Oh lord, she’s gon’ get dark. Clouds gonna pass in front of that moon, if you get my meaning.

AT: Darker days are ahead.

6) The Blarney Stone



AT: A good ol’ drinkin’ song after a successful raid on the nearby coast village.

TP: SHARPEN YER BOOT AND BLUDGEON YER EYE

JS: This is pretty humorous.

TP: I’m laughing pretty hard. Aye, aye, aye.

JS: It’s like a deconstruction of a pirate’s life. And it’s wonderful.

AT: So many tears.

TP: I wanna be a pirate.

AT: I sing this song every time I drink a beer.

TP: A noble endeavor. This must’ve been a fun song to record.

JS: Got stones in me bladder.

AT: I think they recorded it on the site of a real pirate ship.

TP: Good acoustics.

JS: How do you sit down and write this?

TP: Drugs. And Spongebob.

AT: How do you LIVE WITH YOURSELF after writing this.

7) It’s Gonna Be (Alright)



AT: Back into the ocean.

JS: Beats.

TP: This song is always better than I remember it being.

AT: True that. Definitely agree.

TP: Ween are pretty good at writing actual songs when they want to be.

AT: Yeah, this is a fairly “normal” song, and its a fantastic one at that.

JS: I don’t think any of this comes across as parody or comedy.

TP: This is definitely more straight-faced than their other stuff. Even the crazy songs feel like they’re coming from a genuine place.

JS: For sure.

AT: I never once took any of their songs as parody, since I was in crazy town.

TP: WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO

8) The Golden Eel



AT: Wait for it…

JS: #panning

AT: There it is.

TP: WATCHING THE EEL

AT: Help ’em out, Billy.

JS: Who is Billy?!

TP: DAYLIGHT HAS COME. BILLY IS ALL.

AT: You’ll hear Billy a mile away. Had to crank up the speakers for that. There’s that haunting sound.

TP: \m/

JS: It’s like a worm. Or…an….eel.

AT: It’s like dropping a thousand worms onto the ground.

JS: As they say.

AT: The big thunderous drums are nearly my favorite part of this song.

TP: I cannot reveal my favorite part.

9) Cold Blows the Wind



JS: Guitars.

TP: This is one o’ dem “trad” songs.

AT: From here on out these songs are all the realest of songs.

TP: 2 REAL 4 TV

AT: This is an epic tale of a song.

JS: This is a bit modern rocky.

AT: 366 days.

TP: It’s really, really depressing to think about how this song used to be relevant for people. “My hubby died at age 17 and now I’m widowed forever” BUT I’LL BE DEAD BY 30 SO WHO CARES! (This is a traditional song from forever ago).

AT: Did not know that.

TP: Didn’t probably have the woogly woos back then.

10) Pink Eye (On My Leg)



AT: I forgot this song.

TP: This song’s hella chill. I love this song. The dog makes it.

AT: Oh yes.

JS: What is that?

AT: Billy’s pet.

TP: It came up on shuffle once in the car and my dad about threw a fit. He wasn’t in the mood.Shih Tzu in front of a white background

AT: Such a happy playful puppy.

JS: This is blowing my mind.

TP: Why is there a dog even. Oh lord.

JS: Why is things even?

TP: Uhhhhhhh.

AT: The burping. That’s what I always hear. Endless burps.

JS: Burps 4 dayz.

TP: I get more of a “I’m sick with pink eye!” vibe but sure. Burps work too.

JS: Scurvy.

TP: Avast!

JS: Vitamin deficiency.

11) I’m Waving My Dick in the Wind



AT: I’m waving my dick in the wind. There, I said it.

TP: POSSIBLE favorite song.

JS: Ever.

TP: Just for the breakdown.

AT: All-time favorite song.

TP: Well, let’s not go that far.

AT: I blasted this out onto the street of West Johnson.

TP: OL JIMMY WILSON IS THE BEST DANCER THERE IS. West Johnson was never the same.

AT: Dance JIMMY DAMMIT

TP: That’s it.

JS: I’m old.

TP: I’ve got a real good feeling about Ol’ Jimmy Wilson.

AT: I’ve always got a feeling about Jimmy Wilson. Oooh yeah. Everyone sing along!

JS: This is pretty weird for 1997.

TP: 1997: lots of dick waving it turns out.

12) Buckingham Green



AT: The eye of the mollusk!

TP: I love the insane mysticism going on in the lyrics on this album.

AT: It’s God!

JS: Yeah. I’m getting alternate reality mythical vibes.

TP: 3rd eyes and all that.

AT: I got that in the last song.

TP: BLIND

JS: This sounds like folk music from a mythical country on the bottom of the ocean.

TP: I want to journey to this country.

AT: Over yonder. Oh Billy.

TP: Billy is killing it.

JS: Move out of the way folks, I’m an anthropologist.

TP: STEP ASIDE HE’S GOT A NOTEBOOK. SUMMON THE QUEEN SPOKE THE CHILD OF EYE.

JS: This sounds really familiar vocally.

TP: IT IS A SOUND THAT HAS ALWAYS EXISTED.

13) Ocean Man



AT: Ah, alas. The Ocean Man has come.

TP: IS THIS A TRUTH?

JS: The ear eels.

AT: This is indeed a catchy song.

JS: This song will be stuck in my head forever ever after.

AT: I feel like it could be insanely popular if more people heard it.

TP: HAVE YOU FINISHED THOSE ERRANDS? The voyage to the corner of the globe is a real trip. Truer words, Ween. Truer words.

JS: Have never been sung.

14) She Wanted to Leave



TP: This is such a corny song but something about it…

AT: I always make hand motions to this song. Like I’m conducting an orchestra.

TP: You’re doing God’s work.

AT: That may be glorifying it.

JS: This is pretty arena rock.

TP: Them drums.

AT: I catch hints of Blarney Stone vocals in his voice. Maybe not as drunk for this song.

TP: That fine Irish brogue. FOR I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE.

JS: That dynamic sloowwwdowwwn.

TP: Coda time.

JS: #anticipation

TP: The bends.

AT: Ooh yes, here we go. Back to the start. No escape.

TP: The show went well, I think.

JS: ALL FULL CIRCLE

AT: I laughed, I cried. I was scared at times, and happy at others.

TP: I lost a limb.

JS: I was pretty much just very content.

AT: Don’t get pink eye on your new leg.