Meat Puppets “Meat Puppets II” [Album/Review]


Year: 1984
Genre: Rock/Punk Rock
Label: SST Records

The Meat Puppets was formed early 1980, in Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S. The group was Curt Kirkwood (guitar/vocals), his brother Chris Kirkwood (bass), and Derrick Bostrom (drums). They where on the roster of the now legendary SST Records, who had released records by Black Flag, Hüsker Dü, Minuteman and many more.

The Meat Puppets could be classified as punk rock, but like most of the bands on SST records, they had their own unique style, mixing punk with country and psychedelic rock,

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1985: Photo of Meat Puppets (Photo by Lisa Haun/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Meat Puppets II, was recorded during April/May 1983 and released in 1984. The recording took place in the Total Access Recording Studios, located in Redondo Beach, California.

Opening with the banger “Split Myself in Two”, the mood is set and I wonder why it was proberly 15 years ago since I last listened to this record. “Lost” is a great American Roots/Country track that makes you travel out to the deserts of Arizona. “Plateau”, famous for being covered by Nirvana on their aucostic live album “MTV Unplugged In New York”. “Plateau” is a real masterpiece, haunting yet beautiful. I have spent many late evenings trying to dissect the chorus: There’s nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop … And an illustrated book about birds …You see a lot up there but don’t be scared … Who needs actions when you got words. With the next track, the instrumental “Aurora Borealis” I´m back to the great wide landscape of rural america, this feels like the definitive soundtrack to it. “Climbing” is a great rocktrack, and with “New Gods” the band re-visit their punk roots. “Lake of Fire” is another one Nirvana covered on their livealbum. It´s an awesome fuzzy melancholic song, and another amazing chorus: Where do bad folks go when they die? … They don’t go to heaven where the angels fly … They go to the lake of fire and fry … Won’t see them again ’till the fourth of July.” The Closing track “The Whistling Song” is proberly my least favourite on the album but still good enough to fit on any 90 minute mixtape of great 1980’s rock.

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