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Golden Lies

Meat Puppets Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. Intro
2. Armed And Stupid
3. I Quit
4. Lamp
5. Hercules
6. Batwing
7. Take Off Your Clothes
8. You Love Me
9. Pieces Of Me
10. Push The Button
11. Tarantula
12. Endless Wave
13. Wipeout
14. Fatboy/Fat/Requiem

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Veteran quartet The Meat Puppets are one of the trio of American bands who invented grunge before the term existed. Along with Minneapolis's Husker D| and The Replacements, they gestated the combination of tuneful metal and lyrical angst that would be turned into an immensely lucrative musical revolution by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, et al: Nirvana acknowledged as much by covering three Meat Puppets songs on their MTV Unplugged album. Since that recording, The Meat Puppets have enjoyed something of a career resurgence. Golden Lies, like other recent efforts, is not noticeably different from anything they produced in heroic obscurity on the SST label in the 1980s, but will undoubtedly reach a wider audience. Though it generally pales in comparison to anything by the bands they inspired, the breezily gorgeous up-tempo country ballad "I Quit" hints at a direction that The Meat Puppets could profitably pursue as they totter into their forties. --Andrew Mueller

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4.0 out of 5 stars These lies are golden, indeed May 24 2001
Format:Audio CD
The return of the legendary guitar hero, Curt Kirkwood, to the recording studio is marked by the fine release "Golden Lies". This effort is a variation of the original Meat Puppets lineup, without bassist Cris Kirkwood or percussionist Derrick Bostrum, but a quartet, including guitarist Kyle Elison.
"Golden Lies" showcases Curt's outstanding songwriting ability, and is a certain improvement over 1995's "No Joke". Sounds range from hard driving riffs, as on "Armed and Stupid", to sweetly soaring melodic tracks, such as "Lamp" and "Endless Wave". "Tarantula" may be the finest cut on the CD; a very appealing timing with superb drumming, which is accented by haunting guitar leads. The new Meat Puppets even venture into the world of rap, demonstrating continued mastery of a plethora of music styles.
This CD is a must buy for Meatheads, as well as for those unfamiliar with the material of the now classic 1980's heyday of the Meat Puppets.
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4.0 out of 5 stars whatever that something should be March 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
like all kids brought up on alternative radio in the mid nineties i have been some what aware of the meatpuppets for a long time now. but i have never come across the oppurtunity to hear much by them. thank god that recently that has changed. I have got to tell you that i miss being able to turn on the radio and being able to hear intelligent people expressing real emotions in rock format without being afraid of intimidating their audience with too many SAT words. that is why i am so enamored with this album. its not exactly the most consistant of efforts but the moments that it does have are some of the best i have heard in about six years. songs like,I QUIT, ENDLESS WAVE, YOU LOVE ME, and the hilarious meandering ending track, FATBOY FAT REQUIUM, are all classic alt tracks. when i started listening to music alot around 1993 there was a raging debate as to what constituted alternative music and while i firmly believe that this monicre should not carry stringent boundaries i think this album at its best could be a blue print for the spirit of alternative music. not that anyone really cares anymore. (this album has an even greater legacy in that it inspired me to put more effort into hearing the entire puppets catalogue...good stuff)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "gonna build a galaxy..." Oct. 1 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Pups are back! New band, but it's still Curt Kirkwood as singer/songwriter/guitarist, and they sound just like we last heard them on two of the greatest albums of the 90s, "Too High to Die" and "No Joke." Psychedelic post-punk with surrealist lyrics: "Raise the glass, raise it high to all the unnaturals -- nothing could own us." This could serve as the Meat Puppets Manifesto. Kirkwood and company have been building their own galaxy for 20 years now. It's about time more people explored it -- it's a much better one than the Consensus Reality most people seem to be plugged into... If you're not into lyrics, you can check out now. Trust me, this album rocks. Go hear for yourself. Now for the rest of you, Curt continues to ponder the meaning, or lack of meaning, of life. "Do I crawl to my own drummer, or am I being dragged along?" he asks, which you may recognize as the age-old puzzle of Free Will or Determinism. Curt, you and anyone else wondering about this should read "Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting" by the philosopher Daniel Dennett. It settles the question to my satisfaction, (the short answer is, yes, we have free will), and in a way Curt should like, given that it is based on our biological nature. Elsewhere, theology seems to be on his mind, if I'm not reading too much into absurdity. "You love me, my lamb, hovering in the moonlight" sounds more like Jesus than a woman (Jesus, the Lamb of God). And "Fatboy claims he's triplets, I believe each one, if I claim I'm triplets it's knowledge overcome, Super hand of wonder this is fatboy" may be incoherent chemical-induced raving, sure, but couldn't it be the Trinity? (Father, Son and Holy Ghost? Read more ›
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After five years, the Meat Puppets return with a very strong new sound, courtesy of three new younger members, replacing Cris Kirkwood (who was recently released from prison), and Derrick Bostrom (who remained in Phoenix after Curt Kirkwood moved to Austin, TX). With Kyle Ellison on lead guitar, Andrew Duplantis on bass, and Shandon Sahm on drums, this new Meat Puppets incarnation has a slightly harder sound, but still many of the sweet harmonies and country-like guitar jangles we've come to know and love. Now for a track-by-track review...

1. Intro - This track is very short, just full of interesting sounds, sampled from "Yelli", the music of the Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon. A very short track, probably not one you will be listening to very often.
2. Armed and Stupid - This is the first single off Golden Lies, and it does not quite fit with the rest of the CD (just like "The Real Slim Shady" by Eminem, for instance...but I'm obviously not making a musical comparison). Between verses and choruses, it sounds very hard, in fact, you could almost mistake it for some rap metal outfit, but once Curt starts singing, it all changes. A good track, but I became tired of this track within less than a week; this surely is not the best song on the album.
3. I Quit - A somewhat sadder song, this song sounds dark, but not that heavy. You can easily hear that Curt is older, and has been through a lot more. The guitar is reminiscent of earlier Puppets music. Quite a good track.
4. Lamp - Another dark song with a somewhat monotonous, but fitting melody, with "jangly" guitars.
5. Hercules - One of the more humorous songs on the album. He's just speaking/"rapping" (I'd never say that Curt Kirkwood truly raps)...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curt Kirkwood's Later Day Meat Puppets We're Great Too
The album is adventurous and different from any other Meat Puppets album. But you could pretty much say the same thing about any Meat Puppets album. Read more
Published on April 17 2003 by Daniel Alward
5.0 out of 5 stars Curt Kirkwood still knows how to rock
For me, this is the Meat Puppet's best effort since leaving SST, slightly edging out Too High To Die. Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by Pen Name?
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
i know about the predictament that chris is in and i know that the band is only called the Meat Puppets because they owe more records under the name Meat Puppets but if you choose... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars The endless wave that crashes over me.
I'm really tired of hearing all the old-school Mup's fans dragging this album through the mud. Oh sure, it's different. Even 'slickly produced', if you had to. But... Read more
Published on July 13 2001 by Marc (with a 'c')
5.0 out of 5 stars Meat Puppets Golden Lies
I have read reviews that are negative about this CD because Bostrum and brother Kirkwood are no longer in the band, reviews that claim it is not the 'real' Meat Puppets. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2000 by will mccord
2.0 out of 5 stars buy the reissued classics instead
i have been as big a meat puppets fan as anybody for as long as i can remember, but i can't stomach this album. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2000 by Kepros
2.0 out of 5 stars buy the reissued classics instead
I have been as big a meat puppets fan as anybody for as long as I can remember, but i can't stomach this album. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2000 by Kepros
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, from a Great band!!
I originally started to follow the Meat Puppets when I first heard the song "We Don't Exist" off of the Too High To Die album. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2000 by Brian Cowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Puppets!
A new Pups disc without Cris or Derrick sounded like heresy to me. And they are based in Austin, TX?! I was skeptical, but one listen changed my mind. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2000 by Dmitri Ulinov
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