Guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo will issue the debut The Dean Ween Group LP The Deaner Album through ATO Records on October 21. A video for one of the album tracks, “Exercise Man,” has been shared ahead of the album’s release.
Along with donning spandex and riding a bicycle, Melchiondo is seen playing guitar with bassist Dave Dreiwitz, guitarist Curt Kirkwood and drummer Ray Kubian. As Consequence of Sound notes, Deaner last appeared in an official music video in 2000 for Ween’s “Even If You Don’t” which was directed by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In an interview with CoS – who premiered “Exercise Man” – Melchiondo described his feelings on the video, telling the outlet:
I’m really excited about it. I haven’t made a video in, fuck, 16 years? “Even If You Don’t” from White Pepper was the last one. “Exercise Man” is my favorite video I’ve done, this and “I Can’t Put My Finger On It”. It was real low-budget and simple.
I’ve got a really good story about it. When my son was little, maybe around two years old, we’d be driving around and I’d make up little fucked-up jokes. We’d see a deer squashed on the side of the road and I’d say, “Hey Mike, look at the cute little deer!” That would get him laughing. But every time we’d see one of those jerkoffs with all the gear jogging in the rain I’d yell, “Go man! You go buddy! Run! Run!” Then Mikey would giggle at that. Then I’d start singing, “Go-Go-Go Exercise Man!” There’s actually a couple songs that I’ve written like that, which were basically songs I made up to amuse my son. I wrote “Exercise Man” in like five minutes. It just came right out. I knew it was a keeper because I’d always laugh every time I did an overdub. It never got less funny while we were recording it.
Head here to read the full interview with Deaner which includes his revelation that he has a second DWG album already finished check out the “Exercise Man” video directed by Monica Hampton here:
The Deaner Album Tracklist
- Dickie Betts
- Exercise Man
- Bundle of Joy
- Charlie Brown
- Shwartze Pete
- I’ll Take It and Break It
- You Were There
- Mercedes Benz
- Doo Doo Chasers
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