In 1984, Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo met in 8th grade typing class at New Hope-Solebury High School in Pennsylvania. Both were making home recordings at the time; the two quickly hit it off and began swapping records from their collections. The boys, so the story goes, were soon visited by their personal demon-god Boognish – the maniacal smiling-faced creature that would appear on the cover of their classic 1994 lp Chocolate and Cheese and inspire them to this day – who prompted the two to form Ween and assume the alter egos Dean and Gene Ween.
The two set about making the first of thousands of home recordings together. In the late 1980s, some of these recordings began to surface, putting the duo's considerable talents and fondness for satire and out-and-out weirdness in public for the first time. Over nine lps and countless marathon shows since then, Ween have covered an immense amount of musical ground. From Philly Soul, art-rock epics, and country music to concept albums about mollusks, they have proven themselves to be one of the most surprising, bizarre and fantastic bands in American indie rock.