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|8. New Gods|
|9. Oh Me|
|10. Lake Of Fire|
|11. I'm A Mindless Idiot|
|12. Whistling Song|
|14. I'm Not Here|
|15. New Gods|
|17. What To Do|
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Lee A. Davis
Why did the punks hate this band and album? The editorial review suggests that it's because they had long hair. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Todd Dwyer
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 morePublished on May 7 2004 by Reza
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
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 morePublished on April 2 2004 by Virgil
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... Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Phil
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Da Peace Dogg
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 morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Daniel Cuellar