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  • Audio CD (Jan. 14 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00000I9KU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
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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 Meat Puppets classic second album, remastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl with a playing speed of 45RPM for maximum fidelity. Also includes a digital download card with the full album and seven bonus tracks! Originally released in 1984, this one still blows minds over 25 years later.

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 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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First encounter with Meat Puppets was when I heard "Backwater" on the radio several years ago and decided to buy the album but never got around to it. Heard "Plateau" on Nirvana MTV unplugged and didn't think much of it the first time I heard it. Then after listening to the song several times I began to love the guitar outro. I was looking for a change from REM and Nirvana. Nirvana seems to have been influenced by the Meat Puppets. REM sounds a lot different.
I bought my first Meat Puppets album "Up On the Sun" and loved it, especially Hot Pink and Maiden's Milk. Decided to buy two more albums "Huevos" and "Too High To Die". "Backwater" is on Too High To Die" but I liked "Huevos" better. In fact I liked it so much, I bought all of the rest of the Meat Puppets CDs including the live one "Live in Montana". "Meat Puppets II" is excellent, especially the songs "Plateau", "Aurora Borealis", and "Lake of Fire". Their first album "Meat Puppets" is punk rock and too hard for me to digest (especially with the kids in the car) and "Monster" is pretty good. I am looking forward to breaking the seal on the other albums (12 CD's total).
To summarize the Meat Puppets: weird, amazing guitar playing, great songwriting, good lyrics, good (sometimes great) singing.
Thank god for the Meat Puppets.
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[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 bluegrass. It's an acquired taste--untrained vocals, quirky lyrics, sloppy playing, and an overall rustic feel. The band's trademark sound later became more polished on gems like Up On The Sun, but II is the source. This music was very different from the SST-label punk released back then, and definitely not to everyone's liking.
And yet, despite its rough and unpolished feel, this record is compulsively listenable and enjoyable in its dry, acid-drenched Mojave atmosphere. Curt Kirkwood's off-key vocals grate at first but quickly grow on the listener, while his guitar solos attain moments of magic that 90% of polished professional musicians would struggle to reach. Yep, guitar solos, in a "punk" band. Imagine that. Curt's brother Kris (bass) and drummer Derrick Bostrum make up a loose, easygoing backing.
From top to bottom, there are no weak tracks, and most of them are stellar. Famously, Plateau, Oh Me and Lake Of Fire were all covered by Nirvana on their '93 MTV Unplugged concert. I used to think Cobain's reworkings were superior, but now I'm not so sure. I love the shimmering electric outro found on this version of Plateau, Curt's plaintive voice on Oh Me, and the epic feel of Lake Of Fire. Other highlights included here are the frantic Split Myself In Two, the disillusioned Lost, the great instrumental Aurora Borealis, and the fine closer The Whistling Song. The bonus tracks don't really add much, nor do they take anything away from this classic album. You can hear the influence of this album all throughout the Seattle alternative and indie genres.
Overall, if I was headed on a road trip to the deserts of New Mexico, this would be the first album in the CD changer. Essential to anyone with a taste in indie or alternative.
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Phoenix's Meat Puppets, along with their SST labelmates The Minutemen, specialized in a strikingly original and highly unconventional style of punk. You will find no buzzsawing guitars, no aimlessly screamed vocals, and no inhumanly breakneck tempos on the classic "Meat Puppets II" or on any other record by the band (in fact, the Puppets parody this clichéd hardcore sound on the semi-epic "Teenagers," which starts off thrashy and strident before fading into a wondrous instrumental jam). In their place, the Meat Puppets add a swirling, complex musical splatter consisting of bizarre lyrics, surreal desert textures, Curt Kirkwood's suprising guitar virtuosity, the intermittent, waffling bass of his brother Cris, and the rootsy drum pounding of Derrick Bostrom. The imagery conveyed on this record is astounding--you an almost see these three musicians sitting on top of a plateau during a UFO sighting, spinning creatively absurd lyrics ("there ain't nothing on top but a bucket and a mop and an illustrated book about birds") in between alien-bluegrass fingerpicking instrumentals ("Magic Toy Missing," "Aurora Borealis"). The Puppets were not punk-by-the-numbers, but they were just as punk as any band since the Ramones--their rebellious attitudes, expressed through Curt's yelping, countryfied vocals, are truly timeless and also quite humorous and rather endearing. While the true record (the first 12 songs, the other 7 are bonus additions) zips by in just under 30 minutes, it leaves a permanent and unerasable mark upon one's mind; after hearing the soaring solo at the end "Plateau" or the opening bars of "Split Myself In Two," you will gladly never look at punk in quite the same way again.
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