In the halcyon days of Napster and Limewire, a song labeled ‘Ween – Zoloft’ started getting passed around.  This in itself isn’t odd, but what is odd is that there was a song called ‘Zoloft’ on Ween’s album Quebec, and it was not this song.  For years and years that’s all we had to go on: Not Ween.  It was a mystery.

Recently a band called The Vintage Chimps in the UK started claiming the song, saying they labeled it Ween to grab publicity (the header above is the only shot I could find of them).  Unfortunately, it worked so well that Ween got all the publicity.  The real title is either ‘Western Skies’ or ‘Kim,’ depending on who you ask.  Frankly, I like ‘Zoloft.’

Regardless of its actual origin, it’s a great song, and its popularity is a testament to the fact that however much we may love a good story, in the end the art is more important than the artist.  I listened to it looking down over the Pacific ocean, utterly alone, on my very first flight to Taiwan.  I was scared, and it soothed me.  In the end, that’s all that matters.  May it soothe you too.

“Kim… take us to your western skies…”

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