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Gene Ween tells magazine he's getting a sex change -- UPDATE

Call her the Gene Genene?

In an unexpected bit of news today, Glide Magazine is reporting that Aaron Freeman, also know as Gene Ween of the long-running band Ween, is undergoing a sex change.

The story came about after Freeman posted a song called “Genene” (which you can listen to below) on his personal Soundcloud page. Freeman, who’d left Ween earlier this year and released a solo album titled Marvelous Clouds, told Glide that he was in Belgium for “a transformative procedure.”

Nonetheless, Freeman went on to discuss with Glide what was up with the the new track.

“This song is left to interpretation on purpose,” he said of “Genene,” which may or may not also be the new name Freeman is adopting. “To me, it’s just an honest song about where I’m at: creepy, real and pretty, just the way I like it.”

Freeman also added, “On one hand it’s about change and acceptance on a personal, spiritual level but can obviously be interpreted literally as a sex change.”

Update: Ween’s longtime manager Greg Frey, however, tells EW that Freeman’s was likely pulling Glide’s leg, and that he doubts that the sex-change story is true.

You can give the track a spin below:


Gene Ween ends Ween after 25 years, doesn't tell Dean Ween

For more than a quarter of a century, Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) and Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) have been operating on the fringes of the rock world as Ween, one of the weirdest cult bands to ever land on MTV.

Under the aliases Gene and Dean Ween, the pair built up a relatively small but rabid following, but went relatively quiet in recent years — the band hadn’t put out a new album since 2007’s La Cucaracha. Now, Freeman says the band will be permanently pushing up th’ little daisies.

“It’s time to move on,” Freeman told Rolling Stone. “I’m retiring Gene Ween. It’s been a long time. It was a good run.” He recently released his first solo album Marvelous Clouds and will continue to make music under his government name.

Unfortunately, this all came as a surprise to Melchiondo, who was apparently not aware that his lifelong musical project was being retired. “[It’s] news to me, all I can say for now I guess,” Melchiondo wrote on Ween’s Facebook page. There hasn’t been an official statement about the status of the band, and though it’s been five years since their last album, the pair played concerts together at the end of 2011.

In their heyday, Ween were embraced by the 120 Minutes generation that also made bands like the Butthole Surfers, Ass Ponys, They Might Be Giants, and Primus into semi-mainstream sensations. The ’90s turned out be their their most successful and productive period, cresting with 1994’s Chocolate and Cheese, 1996’s 12 Golden Country Greats, and 1997’s The Mollusk.

But they remained beloved by their core fans, and by several similarly oddball tastemakers in the mainstream as well: Their song “Ocean Man” appeared in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, and “The Rainbow” showed up on Chef Aid: The South Park AlbumREAD FULL STORY

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