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Meat Puppets Audio CD
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1. Split Myself In Two
2. Magic Toy Missing
3. Lost
4. Plateau
5. Aurora Borealis
6. We're Here
7. Climbing
8. New Gods
9. Oh Me
10. Lake Of Fire
11. I'm A Mindless Idiot
12. Whistling Song
13. Teenager(s)
14. I'm Not Here
15. New Gods
16. Lost
17. What To Do
18. 100 Of Nothing
19. Aurora Borealis

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The seminal Phoenix trio's self-titled debut is one of the greatest hard-core punk records ever made--but it pissed the punk kids off. Whether it was the Meat Puppets' long hair (in '81!) or their set-opener "The King and I" it was hard to say. Yet they were reviled. Still, they broadened their horizons, mixing up their weird full-on frantic hardcore style with some Tex-Mex, some bluegrass, and a little desert sun. The result? The cultural icon Meat Puppets II, a landmark album that resonates with the acid trails and heat-driven madness of southwest America. (As a whole generation of musicians, from Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and downwards, can attest.) Curt Kirkwood's dislocated guitar style veers between hillbilly, heavy metal, psychedelic, and the Oak Ridge Boys. His brother's bass sound is endearingly fallible. A wonderful, eccentric record (with seven bonus tracks!). --Everett True

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"Meat Puppets II" was a 180-degree departure from its predecessor, confusing old fans and creating new ones. Kurt Loder gave it a four-star review in Rolling Stone, calling it "one of the funniest and most enjoyable albums of 1984", while a bewildered Robert Hilburn proclaimed the Puppets "far more of an acquired promising though willfully unfocused rock act" in the Los Angeles Times. For this reissue, the album has been expanded to include 7 additional tracks:

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any alternative music fan. July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
From the second I got this album I was happy when track 4 "Plateau" started, I instantly recognized it as a Nirvana cover, and was very pleased to have found the album. The record starts with an incredible almost country-punk-rap style with "Split Myself In Two" and finishes with a true music beauty with "Aurora Borealis."
The production of the album is going to sound very crappy and the musical talent of Curt and the other pups is going to sound very low, but I believe this is part of the over-all appeal and feel of the album. The Guitar solos are not incredibly impressive but ad to each song as if it was a necessity.
Since its origional release was in 1984 the politics discussed in the album are out-dated ("I've grown tired of living Nixon's mess." - "Lost") Despite it's out-datedness, it is still acceptable and appropriate. I have derived my political stances from albums from older punk rock and albums like this. (specifically Dead Kennedys)
To get a good idea of what the lyrics sound like, here is a short excerpt from track three(?) "Lost"
"lost on the freeway again / lookin' for means to an end / nobody know which way it's gonna bend / lost on the freeway again / walkin' the breezeways again / lookin' for something my friend / i've grown tired of living nixon's mess
walkin' the breezeways again "
If you have any intrest at all in Alternative music I suggest you buy this album.
Other Pup CD's I have are:
Too High To Die **
Huevos ****
Up On The Sun ****
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5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of cowpunk June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Meat Puppets II has become known as the first album ever released where the laid back genre of country music met the intensity of punk music. While some may argue that Jason & The Scorchers did this first, the Meat Puppets' music was more ragged and in the punk tradition than the Scorchers were. This album was largely an underground phenomenon for many years. It was only after Nirvana covered the three best tracks here, "Lake Of Fire", "Plateau", and "Oh, Me" on their Unplugged album, when this album began to get the credit it deserves.
In addition to the tracks already mentioned, other excellent tracks include the more traditional country of "Lost" and "Climbing", the intense tracks "New Gods" and "Split Myself In Two", and the instrumentals, "Aurora Boralis", "I'm A Mindless Idiot", and the killer but short country-punk of "Magic Toy Missing." The album now also contains 7 bonus tracks. However, unlike most bonus tracks, most of these are among the album's finest songs. The instrumental "I'm Not Here" is similar in style to "Magic Toy Missing" while the instrumental version of "New Gods" is more ragged and intense than the original. The slow country of "What To Do" and the chaotic turned somber "Teenager(s)" are also great tracks. One thing to mention is that while the music here is top notch, the vocals on many of the tracks, particularly the bonus tracks, are way off key, which takes a little getting used to if you're a new fan or only know them for Too High To Die. Having said that, there are so many top notch tracks here, it's hard to give this less than 5 stars. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pup's Best March 3 2004
By Phil
Format:Audio CD
A fine, chronically underappreciated band, in my opinion this is the Meat Puppets' best album. Cris' bassplaying is masterful throughout, as are Curt's irreplaceable creative lyrics. The three songs covered by Curt Cobain in the Nirvana Unplugged show are some of their best: "Oh, Me" is a slow, melodic, somehow mournful tune. "Lake of Fire" is typical Puppets at their finest and Curt's guitar seems as if it would lend itself to any run of the mill redneck country band, but the sound is unmistakeably the Meat Puppets' own brand of grunge, alt-rock and country. It was hearing the Nirvana version on the radio that reminded me of this album. "Plateau" is a trippy, grungy tune detailing the Southwestern landscape. Other notables include "The Whistling Song" and the instrumentals "Aurora Borealis" and "I'm a Mindless Idiot." The latter has a completely inexplicable name and is a slower, more country tune with a typically strong bassline. Aurora Borealis may actually be one of my favorite Puppets tunes, even as a spontaneous instrumental. All in all, most of my favorite Puppets songs are on this album, with the notable exceptions of Backwater, Up On the Sun, and Violet Eyes. As a proud native Arizonan, every time I listen to this album, I get homesick. When I hear Aurora Borealis, it makes me want to go home and watch a beautiful Arizona sunset.
The finest album of an even finer band, fans of Nirvana and the early 90's alternative/indie/punk scene should definitely check this album out as an introduction to the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meat Puppets 2 review Jan. 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best cds ever. If you want to get an idea of how one the first and best alternative bands that will eve exist sounded, by this album. Although I have not heard many of the other meat pups albums, I know this one is the the truest to the countrypunk sound. And, I mean country music usually sucks.
The meat pups had a cd and an ep. The are both crap. Don't buy them get this one.
1. Split myself in two: This song is the rockinest song on the album, gives you a taste of hardcore countrypunk 9/10. 2. Magic toy missing: this is a decent instrumentel, it contains some awesome fingerpicking on Curt's part 8/10. 3. Lost: this song is cool, and the lyrics rock (if you actually listen to them). 4. Plateau: This is the best song on the album, and is way better than Nirvana's version 10/10. 5. Aurrua Borrealis: Another decent instrumentel that serves well as an interlude 8/10. 6. We're here. In my opinion, this is the worst song on the album 7/10. 7. Climbing: The song is awesome because of the awesome lyrics and awesome solo (awesome is an awesome word, don't you think) 10/10.8. New Gods: this song is really fun to sing along with 9.75/10. 9. Oh,me: This song takes a break slows down a bit. Sorta' makes you drowsy 9/10. 10. Lake of fire: This song goes perfectly after Oh, me,and is better than the Nirvana version.11. I'm a mindless idiot: Another contrypunk'd instrumental 8/10. 12. A punk'd blues tune to end the album.
(if you got the newer version that contains bonus tracks, listen to teenagers.)
Soon I'm gonna buy Forbidden places, to high to die and Golden lies, by these guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A genre buster
Why did the punks hate this band and album? The editorial review suggests that it's because they had long hair. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Todd Dwyer
5.0 out of 5 stars An punk classic
As much as I dislike Nirvana, I would have to say that Kurt Cobain had bloody good taste in music! Through my older sister I actually listened to MTV Unplugged album, which... Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Reza
1.0 out of 5 stars A Classic? No!
You have to be skeptical of any supposed "hardcore" album that Rolling Stone and MTV's Kurt Loder praises.
Why did it p!ss the punk kids off? Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Janitor X
5.0 out of 5 stars A post-punk milestone
One of the many great records to come out of SST's SoCal studios, MPII is the best album the Meat Puppets ever made and certainly one of the great albums that came out of the... Read more
Published on April 2 2004 by Virgil
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh...it's all right...
This CD's all right, but it ain't all it's cracked up to be, especially given all the great bands that have come after the Meat Puppets. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Da Peace Dogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Unconventional Desert Punk
Phoenix's Meat Puppets, along with their SST labelmates The Minutemen, specialized in a strikingly original and highly unconventional style of punk. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by Sierra Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars The test of time.
I have not listened to this from start to finish in quite a few years, but hearing the Nirvana Unplugged songs on the radio made me want to go back to the root source. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by Daniel Cuellar
5.0 out of 5 stars The official soundtrack of the American Southwest.
[My 100th review. Yay!]
The hardcore punkers must have regarded the Meat Puppets as if they were aliens, back in 1984 for playing this weird blend of punk, country, and... Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Shotgun Method
5.0 out of 5 stars Meat Puppets blew my mind!
This album literally changed my life! I am only a moderate Meat Puppets fan (the only albums I have are this one and Too High to Die which is also great) but I definitely could get... Read more
Published on July 1 2003 by Andrew
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