Out My Way EP, Original recording remastered, Enhanced
|1. She's Hot|
|2. Out My Way|
|3. Other Kinds Of Love|
|4. Not Swimming Ground|
|5. Mountain Line|
|6. Good Golly Miss Molly|
|7. I Just Want To Make Love To You|
|8. On The Move|
|9. Burn The Honkey Tonk Down|
|10. Boyhood Home|
|11. Backwards Drums|
|12. Everything Is Green|
|13. Other Kinds Of Love|
Vinyl version includes bonus tracks and download card! The Meat Puppets stretch their legs on 1986's "Out My Way," jamming their way through a bunch of tunes, including the title track, "She's Hot," and "Good Golly Miss Molly."
It was often hard to pin the Meat Puppets down: just when you thought they were hard-core thrash (1981's Meat Puppets), or an electrifying blend of desert country, hillbilly, and psychedelia (1985's seminal Up on the Sun), the Kirkwood brothers would come out with something like 1986's six-track Out My Way. Much more classic rock and country than their previous offerings, it still gave their fans a typically warped perspective--particularly on the sing-along title track and a completely maniacal version of Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly." If guitarist Curt was by now wanting to move a little more towards accessibility, it sure didn't show. The seven bonus tracks here (recorded around the same time) include the self-descriptive Orb-like "Backwards Drums" and a Mekons-esque rambling version of George Jones's "Burn the Honky Tonky Down." By this point, the Phoenix trio were cruising on easy. --Everett True
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Of all the Rykodisc reissues of the SST albums, Out My Way is the one that benefits the most from the bonus material. The track list is expanded from the original six songs to thirteen. Highlights from the album include the title track, along with the bizarre, hallucinatory "Other Kinds of Love" which contains sonic elements reminiscent of the 13th Floor Elevators, only with the jug replaced by some sound from an unidentifiable instrument. "Not Swimming Ground" is a Puppets' classic and "Mountain Line" is an up-tempo, idiosyncratic country rocker that contains all the nervous energy of early Talking Heads.
As far as the bonus material is concerned "Everything is Green" features Curt Kirkwood laying down some killer riffs over a drum loop. I imagine him in a room all by himself just ripping it. This is a convincing display of musical dexterity from one of the most underrated guitarists in rock history. Also, "Backwards Drum" takes an unexpected turn into electronic experimentalism, which the reviewer in the liner notes correctly compares to Aphex Twin. The cover of George Jones' "Burn the Honky Tonk Down" has to be heard to be believed because it is too hysterical to describe in words.
Out My Way is a complete success. It acts as a bridge between Up On the Sun and Mirage, combining the finer points of both, while remaining a unique entity unto itself. It ranks right up there with the Meat Puppets' best work. I recently stumbled across an original vinyl copy and have been spinning it nonstop. A highly enjoyable album!
Out My Way starts off with "She's Hot" and the title track which are both catchy and very funky proving the band could pretty much pull off any genre they try. "Other Kinds Of Love" is another great track with its mood swings sounding reminiscent of the material on Up On The Sun. "Not Swimming Ground" is an awesome song and arguably the best example of the musical interplay between the Kirkwood brothers. "Mountain Line" is a return to their cowpunk roots, possessing the fire that comprised their previous work but not sounding as rough. And speaking of rough, we get the loose and heavy version of "Good Golly Miss Holly" which is actually the weakest track of the original six that comprised the album. As with all of their earlier albums, several tracks have been added to the remastered version. However, the extra songs included here actually add to the release. "Burn The Honky Tonk Down" and "Boyhood Home" continue the band's country leanings while "Background Drums" shows the experimentation that would comprise their next album Mirage. "On The Move" is also another strong track. However, the best of the new tracks, and one of the best on the album period, is the 8 1/2-minute instrumental "Everything Is Green" which shows that the Meat Puppets can also be an awesome jam band if they so choose. Also included is another rough cover tune, this time it's "I Just Want To Make Love To You." The truth is, it's the rough cover versions of this and "Good Golly Miss Molly" which prevent this from being one of their classic albums. Still, it's a great release and definitely worth picking up.