Until the release of 1995's oddly named 12 Golden Country Greats, which for the record contains just 10 tracks, alt-rockers Dean and Gene Ween (the stage names of Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman) were notorious for experimental, "lo-fi" recordings that largely defied classification. A largely bizarre, yet completely irresistible Zappa-meets-Flying Burrito Brothers hybrid, the presence of Nashville's A-Team players including Charlie McCoy, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Pete Drake and the Jordanaires, all obviously taking the gig seriously, adds an air of weird respectability. The duo also play it straight and reverential at times, but were in no danger of being invited on the Grand Ole Opry, thanks to some of the more unrelentingly vulgar (yet uproariously funny) tunes like "Piss Up a Rope." Bradley's Barn, where the LP was recorded, no doubt got a good scrubbing, or possibly an exorcism, after Ween left town. — S.B.
Listen: "I'm Holding You"