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Michael Melchiondo, Jr.

Dean Ween performing with Ween at Flames Central in Calgary, Alberta on November 16th, 2007.
Background information
Also known as Dean Ween
Born September 25, 1970(1970-09-25)
New Hope, Pennsylvania United States
Genres Alternative rock, experimental rock, neo-psychedelia, hard rock, lo-fi
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Associated acts Ween, Moistboyz
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster[1]
"Deaner" can also refer to the development codename of Centrophenoxine.

Dean Ween (also Deaner) is the stage name of Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo, Jr., American guitarist and half of the alternative rock group Ween.



Growing up, Ween listened to everything from The Beatles to Parliament/Funkadelic, to Leonard Cohen to Prince, to The Ramones to Laurie Anderson. He has a very wide range of musical influences.

Dean later met Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) in a junior high school typing class in their hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania, and although the two did not get along at first, they soon found they were soul brothers and thus adopted the common surname. The Ween brothers were soon spending all of their time in Melchiondo's bedroom, Melchiondo banging out songs on guitars tuned to open chords and Freeman wailing out the "good word" of the Boognish (a demon god that first appeared outside of their classroom at school and offered them the scepters of wealth and power for their "services") into a cheap microphone. Within a few years, the two found themselves opening for the likes of underground favorites such as the Butthole Surfers and Henry Rollins.

In the wake of Ween's new success with Elektra Records after releasing the albums Pure Guava and Chocolate & Cheese, Melchiondo started up another band with his friend Guy Heller (who had a guest appearance on Pure Guava) called the Moistboyz. This was his introduction to Ipecac Recordings and also the source of his alternative title, "Mickey Moist" (Heller taking the name "Dickie Moist" in typical surname fashion). The Moistboyz' music was, for the most part, a clash of heavy metal and punk rock accompanied by lyrics focused on overtly offensive humor blended with a strange form of social commentary.

After having recorded 12 Golden Country Greats, an album of ten country tunes Ween had written over the years with the help of Charlie McCoy, Buddy Harmann, and many other legendary session players in Nashville, he married longtime girlfriend Ellen Schmit (whom he met when she pulled up in her pickup truck at his job pumping gas at a Mobil Station). The couple had a baby boy in December 2000. The family currently resides in New Jersey. Although he is busy with his family and touring with Ween, Melchiondo still keeps in close touch with all the Ween fans online by commandeering the band's official site, posting on the newsgroups, and visiting the Ween chatrooms. He also keeps a blog.[1]

Side projects and appearances

Year Title Label
1993 En Esch - Cheesy TVT Records
1994 Moistboyz - Moistboyz I Grand Royal
1994 Moistboyz - O.G. Simpson X-Ploit Records
1995 Moistboyz - Second Hand Smoker Arson Records
1995 Kostars - Klassics With a 'K' Grand Royal
1996 Moistboyz - Moistboyz II Grand Royal
1996 Yoko Ono - Rising Mixes Capitol Records
1996 Ben Vaughn - Instrumental Stylings Bar None Records
1997 Z-Rock - Hawaii Nipp Guitar
1998 Hub - Hub Slash Records
1999 Ben - Wool Ben Chatrer
2001 Pigface - Preaching To The Perverted Invisible Records
2002 Moistboyz - Moistboyz III Ipecac Recordings
2002 Rollins Band - Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three Sanctuary Records
2002 Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf Interscope Records
2003 Desert Sessions - Volumes 9 & 10 Ipecac Recordings/Rekords Rekords
2005 Moistboyz - Moistboyz IV Sanctuary Records
2005 Chris Harford - Looking Out For Number 6 Chocodog Records


  1. ^ Ween - Dean Ween Guitar Rig Gear and Equipment Retrived: 2009-05-16

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