A Selection of Musicians Who Reliably Defy Expectations

Ween

We may be stretching our definitions here, since Gene Ween has basically said that Ween are no longer a functioning band, but still, we’d feel remiss not mentioning them. For 25 years, Ween have made a career out of gleefully torpedoing critical expectations, releasing everything from twisted pop music (most of the criminally underrated Quebec) through spaghetti Western epics (“Buenos Tardes, Amigos”) and country music (10 Golden Country Greats) to the flat-out bewildering likes of “The HIV Song.” They will be missed.