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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Schnitzel
  • ASIN: B0033WDCX4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By david.bennison@artesiaservices.be on 14 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
...this is the Ween album to buy. Their masterpiece. The current pop Ween are average but this album is sprinkled with genius throughout. Fake English psychadelia done brilliantly (Right To The Ways...), outtakes from unmade Rock Operas (Dr Rock, Cpt Fantasy, Winkle), tracks of twisted ugliness not seen since the Buttholes at their best (Awesome Sound, Stallion, Jammy Pac) all infused with a bong-humour. Truely, one of the best 10 LPs I've got and head and shoulders above their other releases in my opinion.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Ward on 6 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
On the surface, Ween's "The Pod" is a shambling mis-matched mockery of music, and on my first listen, I felt disgusted that I had wasted my money on such trash. A few months later, with all but one of the tracks stagnant in my memory, I gave The Pod another go. This paranoid, uneasy collage of bad smells and nauseating food, wasn't for the entertainment of the listener, but exclusively for Ween themselves. You start to realise The Pod is much like that Zappa album you only managed to crack 30 years later; you just didn't understand the broad concept at the time. Given, the album does have a very shaky start, The Pod version of Sorry Charlie just doesn't cut it next to a live session, as do the accompanying opening tracks. Doctor Rock is distinctively weak sounding, and could have done better if it hadn't been forced through a synthesized filter; again, these tracks just seem to be better at a concert where the humor has time to set in. Luckily, by the time you've rolled around to Pollo Asado, the real Ween begins to emerge, grabbing you by the gunnels and yanking you through a dirty Mac Donalds straw, slap-bang into the territory of the Great Boognish itself. Back to Pollo Asado though; a track that is part of a continuity of brown sound --- almost like one of thos short films on Sesame Street circa 1979 where a 5-year old Spanish girl and her mother would do various day-to-day tasks, the child narrating --- trust me, when you hear it, you'll understand what I mean. From here on in, you will encounter what must be an unconscious tribute to the late, great Frank Zappa. Sadly, most of the tracks are easily forgettable, the titles of each track more-so. The Pod should be approached with caution, as unlike with a lot of Ween's records, you need to go into this one with all channels of thought open.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Assigned Work is Late or Incomplete 18 Jan. 2002
By Evan A Genest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Letter to the parents:
¡§Dear Mr. and Mrs. Ween, your ¡¥sons¡¦ have gotten their hands on a budget four track recorder and recorded a series of un-beautiful songs for submission as their final project. The results are not pleasant.
On probation for their previous term project (GodWeenSatan) I warned them to tone it down this time. Well, we seem to have less cussing but no improvement in quality. The cacophony flowing from your two sons¡¦ guitars is by no means sweet nor melodic; a symphony this aint.
Song themes range from a note to a friend who missed school with mononucleosis, a letter to a ne¡¦er do well college dropout, Mexican Food, and repeated assertions of their masculinity. And amps turned up to at least eleven.
We all know how much money and effort was spent on the boys music lessons and now they misuse their gift to make an awful racket and sing tales of useless dissipation.
And darn it, this is kind of catchy. I¡¦ve listened to it a hundred times and it keeps getting better. These boys recycle every music format on the FM dial and I like it. Let me know if I can write them a recommendation letter for college, they¡¦ll need it after all the school they¡¦ve missed.
Principal Stallion¡¨
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Deaner! Dude! Where can you be? Come hither! 13 Sept. 2004
By Swax - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are so many reasons to hate this record. I heard it back in my late teens, even while in the state that one is "supposed" to be in when listening to it, and all of those reasons were apparent. The production quality is awful, there is an omnipresent hiss going on, the drum beats are casio-esque, the solos are generally off key, the lyrics are nearly impossible to make out without looking them up, and the songwriting is totally unfocused and comes off amateurish. Playing this for most people, whether they are casual music listeners or "technical" music listeners (more on that later), will probably make them wonder why they ever associate with you.

The obvious question then: why do people love this album so much??? How can so many reviews contain the word "unlistenable" yet give the record five stars and praise its genius? The answer is complicated, but it is also the key to liking (and probably obsessing over) this record. I guess the best way to explain it is that this album successfully manages to use its limitations to be its strongpoints. By not restricting themselves to conventional song structures and leaving all of the imperfections in the record, you don't get the feeling at all that what you're hearing has been filtered through a studio and record execs. Because of that, it really feels like you were right there with them when they were recording this - it's like the anti-rock star music. Most contrived music these days attempts to make it sound like the singer is singing "from another world" - this stuff sounds like Geaner and Deaner are huffing glue with you in your den.

So the personal nature of the album is all well and good, but I've heard plenty of awful demos without mastering and they certainly weren't worthy of cult status. What sets this apart? The amount and density of the ideas contained in it. Every song is so entrenched in creativity that if one "gets into it" it's almost impossible not to have some of that creativity rub off on you. There are so many subtleties present here that you can uncover - and even though they don't enhance the album MUSICALLY, they are such concentrated outputs of thought that they are awe-inspiring. It's like a portal directly into the Ween boys' brain. If this sounds intriguing to you, then you'll probably grow to love this record. If you tend to approach music from a "melody and songwriting" standpoint, definitely pick up some later Ween, probably Mollusk and White Pepper, which are both solid albums for completely different reasons. As for The Pod, I can't give it five stars because even though I've drawn so much inspiration from it, it's not an album that I always want to listen to.

The best thing to do is listen to the clip of "The Stallion Part 1" on here - if it just sounds like cacaphonic sloppily-played noise to you (which it is), this probably ain't your bag. If it sounds even mildly intriguing and you giggle a couple of times during it, chances are you'll eventually grow to love it and memorize every minor sonic detail.

One more thing - people say that you need to use drugs while listening to appreciate this album. Obviously that's not true - I really "got it" long after I stopped using them. However, as much as I hate to call any album a "drug" album - I will say that if you do have the mentality to appreciate this album, you're much more likely to be the type of person that would have experimented with drugs at some point. So I guess I would say that if at some point in your life you've sampled a psychedelic or two you might be more inclined to appreciate this.

Oh, and I totally agree with the review below me - that A-B-C...Q-S-S-T-A-L-L-I-O-N part of the album is just such a great ten seconds. Maybe the most gratifying ten second portion of any record. I have absolutely no idea how to explain why either - and that's what's so great about it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
amazing 22 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The day I bought this CD I hated it, with a passion. I thought it was just 2 college guys who wanted to see what it would sound like if they turned on a recorder & got more and more stoned till they passed out. But I kept listening to it (being the brainless Ween fan that I am), and now it's my favorite Ween album & one of my favorite albums ever. It's really not a listenable record, but these guys do have a ton of talent. If you look beyond all the slow tempos and the lo-fi recording, there are damn good songs here, & the variety is mind-blowing. There isn't a single song on this album that sounds like another song. Moreover, there isn't a single song on this album that sounds like it was sung by the same person. One flaw: every single guitar solo on this record is God awful. But usually it's used to really funny effect (like 'Sorry, Charlie': for a few bars it sounds like someone stoned out of his mind is doing a solo & just trying desperately to stay in the same key, then he screws it up & goes off-key), which brings me to the great sense of humor these 2 guys have. 'Pollo Asado' has to be the funniest song I've ever heard in my life, except for maybe 'Fish Heads.' It became the official song of my high school Spanish class. Some of the tracks here are very catchy ('Sketches of Winkle,' 'Captain Fantasy,' 'Dr. Rock,' 'Pork roll egg and cheese'), some are just weird ('Strap on that jimmy pac,' 'Laura,' 'Mononucleosis'), some even scare me ('Molly,' 'The Stallion pt 1'). Just buy the album.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
raw, unadulterated boognish worship... the life blood of ween 23 Mar. 2006
By Hannah Roggenkamp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you ever listened to their later albums (c & c, mollusk, white pepper, quebec and most recently shinola) and wondered, how do these guys come up with stuff so cool and original while maintaining such high musical quality? Your questions will be answered when venturing a listen to The Pod. God Ween Satan was kind of the first discovery of brown and boognish (two words any ween afficionado should become familiar with immediately) and is a mad cap romp through the new world.

The Pod is the mastering of this world, and the establishment of a musical expression that is unparalleled in its uniqueness. The Pod is the reason why Ween fans are so anal about other alleged Ween fans. It's like an unadulterated look into the eyes of the boognish, and look that none of us could have uncovered on our own. Ween gets inside you if you get this album, and you feel happier and weirder for it. If you don't get The Pod, you do not get Ween. And that's the bottom line.

To get away from all this philosophical bulls***, this is an unparalleled sing a long album. Go ahead, get in the car, or gather your friends around the stereo at home. Scream "Dr. Rock" . Wail "right to the ways and the rules of the world." Feel on top of the world as "The Stallion." Feel the fuzzy glow of "she ... me." Better yet, go see Ween live. They are kings on stage. Kings among men.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You don't have to be on drugs... 3 Jan. 2002
By Ronald Battista - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
but it shore do help when trying to understand where these two astronauts are coming from. Now, as a fan of weird music, this one went down easy for me. I don't know if it will have the same effect on others(then again, judging by the looks I get when people walk in my room when this is on, I suppose it is challenging listening). Three times the mess that Pure Guava was, in fact, this may have been the original Pangaea of Ween music that Guava was cut from. What we have here is two guys from Pennsylvania getting as high as they possibly can on whatever they can find(the Scotchgard powered bong over Mean Ween's face should give you a clue as to how resourceful they are), turning on a tape recorder, and developing whatever riffs and lyrics they can clutch from their druggy haze. I notice alot theyll take a musical idea from somewhere else, and strip it down and destroy it Ween Style (Captain Fantasy/Mr. Fantasy? Sketches of Winkle/Pictures of Lily?). Other times theyll just be obsessed with a non sequitur and imbue it with some mystical meaning i.e. "Right to the Ways and the Rules of the World", which sounds like it might mean something, but they end up talking about chewing grits(yes, they are that out there)and laughing uncontrollably at the direction that their stoned meanderings are going. Ween knows how to rock punk style, plenty of feedback and cacophony for those that like that, and then there are moments of alt rock awwshucks like "Oh My Dear(Falling in Love)".Theres even themes interwoven into the record-or should I just call them running jokes- paeans to their favorite sandwiches, and proud horses who have mystical powers over the universe. This album is almost too messed up to describe, its really one of those records that you listen to and rock isnt the same again...that may be a bit too laudatory for a couple of drug addled dorks, but thats nothing-Ill end this by saying the Pod is what the Beatles' White Album wished it could've been. You can all hiss through your teeth now.
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