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Meat Puppets

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  • Audio CD
  • Label: SST
  • ASIN: B000000LZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. N. Davess on June 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As far as I understand, the Meat Puppets never considered themselves a punk band, but just kind of let themselves be carried along, no pretense otherwise, but no real intention, by whatever they felt inside, whatever they liked and whatever resonated with them that was around them. Thus the Meat Puppets could be these insane monsters on this first ep and lp (and bonus early recordings) and then easily move on to being 'stoner country' (or something) and kind of funky, finger picking and dreamy, and 'college rock' (or something), and whatever else later in their 'career'.

So this is kind of punk, kind of hardcore punk even, but also not exactly, the categories being too limiting and pinning down unrealistically, and that fact also corresponds to the general feel of 'go with the flow, strip yourself bare, and let rip shamelessly' that permeates this release.

Never mind that 2 of the songs here (from their first lp, which makes up the first 14 tracks) are country oldies, even a traditional ('Tumblin' Tumbleweeds' & 'Walkin' Boss'), or that in the later, bonus, part of this CD (demos & live, by the sounds of it) there are covers of songs by the Grateful Dead, Neil Young & Harry Nilsson (and is the cover 'Hair' from the musical of that name? I don't know, but could that demented song really have come from there?); oh, and there's also a great cover of Iggy & the Stooges' 'I got a right' (it's just a great song anyway, and that demented meat puppet thing is just another nice context for it); but then that IS a punk classic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Schubert on April 2, 2004
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As with Flipper's classic trainwreck "Generic Flipper", "Meat Puppets" elicits a type of knee-jerk reaction along the lines of "What the hell were these guys thinking?!". After a few listens, however, the album reveals a level of depth, creativity, and humor that few of the Puppet's contemporaries could ever dream of approaching.
This isn't the militant, humorless, paint-by-numbers hardcore being churned out by the majority of bands at this time. Rather, it's a hallucinogenic blur of blazing drum beats, brilliantly sloppy guitars, and manic, unintelligible vocals.
If "Meat Puppets" had been recorded during his lifetime, it probably would have been Salvidor Dali's favorite record.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SUPERMAN on October 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
And then you were left checking the two CDs to see if they were made by the same band. It is hard to believe the many different sounds that came from one truly weird band. Sometimes they were punk, sometimes pop, sometimes country, sometimes noise, often times insane. Well, God bless them, they really put out some great albums, but this really is not one of them. This is kind of avant garde crazy noise.
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Although I'm not sure rock history will consider this disc to be a "seriously good" record by the group (everyone champions II and Up On The Sun, although I might love Huevos even more), if you are a musical adventurer, this record belongs in your collection. These days the world needs more of this kind of music - with balls & a sense of humor!

Recently I saw the reformed Meat Puppets play live and shouted out requests for some early covers from In A Car ("PLAY DOLPHIN FIELD!!!"), and Cris Kirkwood jaw dropped open in befuddled shock, as though he was truly suprised anyone would want to hear his early music. Cris dude, the world NEEDS music like this! How I miss the whimisical crazy & unpredictable nature the band had in this early era (hunt down the many bootlegs of their early shows, especially the 1981 live at the Mardi Gras club).

After the above show I was inspired to compile my personal "meat puppets history" detailing how I heard of them and got into them. Here are my Meat Puppets I entries, which may provide some insight into what is good and challenging about this CD and give you some idea what to expect...

FROM APPLE-O's MEAT PUPPETS DIARY 1988-2009:
* September, 1989[not sure of exact date but sometime around here] - Get a really really lo fi copy of Meat Puppets I. I listen to it once, and don't like it. It neither has the hilariously out of control thrash of In A Car or the weirdness of "Out in the gardener" or the eclectic melodic approach of II. It seems more of an awkward adolescence between the two. The 2nd time I listen to it, I achieve some kind of breakthrough, and experience a moment of musical nirvana on one song. The 3rd time I listen to it, I fail to repeat the experience of the 2nd listening.
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The first time I heard this album, it was quite reminiscent of the first time I heard the Dead Kennedy's In God We Trust Album when a friend of mine tried 33 RPM and 45 RPM since it just didn't sound quite right. This album IS punk rock at its raw unnerving and disturbing fiery passion. This Meat Puppet's album just simply continued to grow and grow on me. I originally put it on one side of a 60 minute cassette (am I dating myself or what?!?) with the Suicidal Tendencies first album on the other side. This tape played over and over in our tissue culture area of our research laboratory at UCLA. This is how I kept my sanity listening to these albums. Even the polished Institutionalized was an eternal favorite, the Meat Puppets album became the timeless classic of pure raw punk beauty. Every track of this album stands alone. Buy it and you will not regret it. And beware, it is not for the squeamish.
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