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Meat Puppets 1 [VINYL] [Import]

Meat Puppets Vinyl
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a love offering for your ears 24 Jun 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant 20 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
UNbelivable. Cobain liked this group nearly as much as sonic youth, but the show a completly different taste. they are hardcore punk with folk and art sensibilities.i love this album because of its orginality; as no one inspired this and it can not be replicated
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is where it all started. 1 Jun 2003
By Null
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Meat Puppets. Wow. This is a fantastic album. The vocals are out of tune, the guitars and bass are rough as hell and the drummer doesn't seem to know the songs, but that is it's beauty. If you're fed up with the pseudo-punk of bands like Sum 182 and Blink 41 and want a REAL punk album, then this will be the best money you ever spent. If you're unsure where you've heard the name before, they played 3 of their own songs on Nirvana's MTV unplugged (Plateau, Lake Of Fire, Oh Me) and they also played (more recently) on an episode of Michael Moore's TV Nation, where they headlined "Corp-Aid". Fantastic. Even with the dodgy vocals. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tramp Music 14 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
if you are unsure about buying this album, and want a preview, a great tip is to check out a recording of ross noble's Regent Park gig on his Unrealtime dvd. about 10 minutes in, as a group of latecomers arrive, he takes it upon himself to serenade them in the style of a tramp band. this involves him miming playing a bit of jaunty guitar for a few seconds, then screaming incoherently. and this is an almost perfect encapsulation of this album. bravo the meat puppets!

a proper, skewed album, rock and roll as it should be. takes a few listens, mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a love offering for your ears 24 Jun 2006
By M. N. Davess - Published on Amazon.com
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.

I guess that was a major asset of most SST bands, and the culture of SST: just freely open to whatever influence, regardless of fashion, and a spirit of freedom and openness, and an enjoyment of the whole spectrum of living; dirt and human darkness, stupidity and childishness included.

But doesn't it just SOUND like 'let's just do what we want', even that no-one suggested it; they just lumbered onto stages and into practice areas with sunstroke from their native Arizona desert and it just kind of happened like that? Playing on the wrestling-ring stage of the Madison Square Gardens club in Phoenix (see cover of compilation 'this is Phoenix, not the Circle Jerks), in that heat, in that condition, with all those other crazy bands, and all that punk rock too, was just bound to rub off on them like that; or maybe they rubbed off on others.

Generally on this disc Curt Kirkwood (guitar, vocals) sounds like he's swaying about, sleepy, in a stupor, dribbling, losing the words, and occasionally lashing out at whoever may be there or who he imagines may be there, with bared teeth and long sharp, monster claws (strange that he looks and sounds so angelic in later pics and on later releases). His guitar is generally not punk rock barre chords, but crazy, loose, overdriving, (distantly) country-influenced licks on very metallic strings, to a frantic-and-free bass and drum backing.

So, besides the covers, we end up with mid-tempo to fast, crazy, wobbly, drivelling and raving, insane songs, a few hyper-intense, guitar feeding back already as it's plugged in, breakneck speed, wacko thrash songs (like 'Melons Rising', 'Electromud', 'The Goldmine', 'Dolphin Field' and 'Foreign Lawns'), and then, from their first ep (an orginal, World Imitation Records edition of which I am fortunate enough to still possess), two classics of extra-special loony beauty : 'Big House', which somehow simplifies it all and strips it down to to a twangy and silly version of all the above, and then the utterly brilliant 'Out in the Gardener', which is just a hypnotic bouncy puttering of bass and drums, with a wacky but almost sublime thin twang of some crazed and sleepy stoner cowboy.

I remember listening to this album in the record store, in 1982, and taking a while to decide to buy it, thinking I might find it unlistenable after a while, and the only person I ever seriously discussed the album with said as much: that it was unlistenable junk. Junk it is; inspired, transcendent, beautiful, godly junk.

This album is the infinite golden bliss of a Buddhist Monk's elightened inwardness fused and melted at heart-of-the-sun temperatures with a drunk fool's rabid primal scream.

'We played for you and you did not dance, we wailed and you did not listen, and John came neither eating or drinking, and you said he is possessed by a demon.'
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Mess. 3 April 2004
By Patrick W. Schubert - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You loved "Up on the Sun" so you bought this 25 Oct 2006
By SUPERMAN - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BWAAPA MAURHYTGHPPPPPTH 7 Oct 2006
By Powdernut 75 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
BWAAA! JEKOLIMONYFHTPTHHTTPPTHHH....ZAKASOWERYU TIUN Y HUIY BWAAAAAAHHHHHPPPPHH!

There's your prize for buying this little stinker. Completely incoherent jizzmajazz set to fast and squirrely music. The music's great. The vocals twist and squirm through mazes of mush. Make your own soundtrack! You get to decide what the hell's going on with the lyrics.

Besides that, Meat Puppets struck a reverberating originality chord here. Get your friend to buy it first and then laugh and enjoy it together.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike Any Music Ever Created Before Or Since 25 Jun 2014
By Likebeingalive - Published on Amazon.com
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Conforming to no standards while displaying music that is both alien and difficult in nature, the full-length debut by Meat Puppets is the epitome of a true punk rock album. At times hard on both the ears and head with its loud, abrasive blasts of noise and screamed indecipherable vocals it is easy to believe that the band was indeed on acid during recording, as has often been rumored. Initially lumped in with the burgeoning early eighties U.S. hardcore scene with bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat, the Meat Puppets did not tow the strict, standard party line and the ensuing ridiculous codes that came with the moniker Hardcore, opting instead for something far weirder. Sure there are elements of hardcore contained within the music, with most of the songs on Meat Puppets adhering to the loud and short, fast rules blast formula, but that is where any and all similarities end.

Meat Puppets is a record that rushes by in a furiously psychedelic blur. Upon initial listening the songs appear to run together, all sounding similar and indistinguishable. The album takes time to reveal itself and must be listened to diligently in order to digest it properly. The tracks run the gamut from slop-rock to country to psychedelic to noisy experimentalism ultimately winding up as some unclassifiable mutant-hybrid stew that exists only on Meat Puppets and no where else in the landscape of rock music- a true original. Willfully subversive covers of country classics 'Walking Boss' and 'Tumblin' Tumbleweeds' share time with distorto-blast scream-fests 'Melons Rising' and 'Electromud'. The album is also dotted with blazing instrumental numbers like 'Milo, Sorghum, and Maize', showing the willingness of the band to paint outside the lines of strict punk orthodoxy by entering into hippie-fried jam territory. But make no mistake- this is not some Grateful Dead peace and love trip, as all of the songs here explore themes of atonality, dissonance, and chaos.

It is unclear just what their intentions were and how much of this was scripted in advance, but the Meat Puppets debut long-player is one far out slice of proto-noise rock that challenged the status quo in 1982 and continues to do so today. Eventually the band would hone their chops and clean up their sound on subsequent albums such as Mirage and Up on the Sun, but the wildly skewed and imaginative vision which began with this first record would remain fully intact as they navigated the underground of American rock music for years to come.
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