Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ween Are the Coen Brothers of Rock 'n' Roll

Yeah, think about it!

Both Dean and Gene Ween and Joel and Ethan Coen are a pair of brothers who have worked closely together from an early age to the present day.

Joel and Ethan were born in 1954 and 1957, respectively, while Dean and Gene were born in 1970. Though the Weens aren't actual siblings (brothers from a different mother, as it were), they formed a deep, lifelong bond in junior high.

Both pairs of brothers started their professional careers in the '80s.

Both seem to have taken lots of drugs.

Most importantly, both have garnered large cult followings by simultaneously mastering, satirizing, and paying homage to various germane genres.

Coens: Screwball comedy (Raising Arizona), crime drama (No Country for Old Men), noir (The Man Who Wasn't There), romantic comedy (Intolerable Cruelty), among others. Greatest achievement: The Big Lebowski.

Ween: Country ("Piss Up a Rope"), hardcore ("Stroker Ace"), Bowie-esque glam ("Don't Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)"), Buffet-esque schlock ("Bananas and Blow"), among others. Greatest achievement: "Pollo Asado."

And both continue their work to this day. Ween's latest, La Cucaracha, was released last October. The Coens' latest, Burn After Reading, opens tomorrow.

See also: Millipede is The Empire Strikes Back of Video Games.

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