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The Meat Puppets' second album, 1984's appropriately titled Meat Puppets II, has since gone down in the rock history books as an all-time classic, and rightfully so. The Meat Puppets were one of the first punk acts to inject different musical styles into their sound, something that was an absolute no-no at the time -- especially the sparkling sounds of country. The trio resembles a more conventional band than on their white-noise self-titled debut; the songwriting had improved dramatically, and you could even clearly decipher the playing and singing this time around. As many '90s alt-rock fans know, Meat Puppets II reached a whole new generation of fans when Nirvana covered ...
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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
The Meat Puppets' second album, 1984's appropriately titled Meat Puppets II, has since gone down in the rock history books as an all-time classic, and rightfully so. The Meat Puppets were one of the first punk acts to inject different musical styles into their sound, something that was an absolute no-no at the time -- especially the sparkling sounds of country. The trio resembles a more conventional band than on their white-noise self-titled debut; the songwriting had improved dramatically, and you could even clearly decipher the playing and singing this time around. As many '90s alt-rock fans know, Meat Puppets II reached a whole new generation of fans when Nirvana covered the album's three best tracks on their MTV Unplugged special from 1994 -- "Plateau," "Lake of Fire," and "Oh, Me." But this was an incredibly consistent recording from beginning to end; other highlights included the instrumentals "Magic Toy Missing," "Aurora Borealis," and "I'm a Mindless Idiot," the rockers "Split Myself in Two" and "New Gods," plus such mellower fare as "Lost," "We're Here," "Climbing," and "The Whistling Song." An essential recording that sounds as fresh and inviting as the day it was released. [The 1999 Rykodisc reissue containes seven additional tracks, including the contrasting two-part epic "Teenagers," as well as "What to Do" and "100 Percent of Nothing."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/1999
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431046728
  • Catalog Number: 10467

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Split Myself in Two (2:22)
  2. 2 Magic Toy Missing (1:20)
  3. 3 Lost (3:24)
  4. 4 Plateau (2:22)
  5. 5 Aurora Borealis (2:44)
  6. 6 We're Here (2:40)
  7. 7 Climbing (2:41)
  8. 8 New Gods (2:09)
  9. 9 Oh, Me (2:59)
  10. 10 Lake of Fire (1:54)
  11. 11 I'm a Mindless Idiot (2:26)
  12. 12 The Whistling Song (2:56)
  13. 13 Teenager(s) (3:36)
  14. 14 I'm Not Here (1:55)
  15. 15 New Gods (2:14)
  16. 16 Lost (3:03)
  17. 17 What To Do (2:35)
  18. 18 100% of Nothing (1:50)
  19. 19 Aurora Borealis (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meat Puppets Primary Artist
Derrick Bostrom Drums
Cris Kirkwood Bass
Curt Kirkwood Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Spot Engineer
Keith Richards Composer
Derrick Bostrom Composer
Cris Kirkwood Composer
Curt Kirkwood Composer, Artwork
Jeff Weatherby Engineer
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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    The Meat Puppets' first album in 1983 seemed like mindless thras

    The Meat Puppets' first album in 1983 seemed like mindless thrash with rapid-fire, indecipherable lyrics and hardly any of the songs lasting more than two minutes. If The Ramones had taken too much LSD, they would've sounded like these guys. However, when Meat Puppets II was released a year later, it was a staggering improvement. The band's influences were now all over the place, from Crazy Horse-style rock ("Lake Of Fire") to shaky Byrds-like jangly pop ("Lost") to even a little hardcore punk ("Split Myself In Two'). It turned out to be one of the most surprising and hilarious albums made in the 1980's. One reason for that was that Curt Kirkwood was becoming a protean guitarist with psychedelic inclinations; his instrumentals like "Magic Toy Missing" and "Aurora Borealis" made him something of an underground guitar hero. You also listen to his quivering vocals and you can hear echoes of Kurt Cobain, who would become a big booster for this band. Another reason was that the band was becoming more fluid thanks to bassist Cris Kirkwood and drummer Derrick Rostrum, going from pseudo-country one minute to garage-style punk the next. Originally released on the influential SST indie label, "Meat Puppets II" got an even better re-release on Rykodisc, featuring a few exceptional outtakes, such as their first indie single, "Teenage" and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "What To Do".

    Over the years, The Meat Puppets gained something of a notoriety because of their drug use, which eventually dissolved the band. But the band did stay around long enough to be a part of the grunge rock movement it influenced; uberfan Kurt Cobain invited the Kirkwoods on the now-legednary "MTV Unplugged" Nirvana concert to do "Oh, No" , "Plateau" and "Lake Of Fire", which are taken from this album. The Meat Puppets recently got back together again (minus Derrick Rostrum). Yet, this album remains an exciting touchstone of what was to come.. Then again, any album with a song called "Split Myself In Two" is worth checking out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    Meat Puppets II is an incredible album from beginning to end. Some of the most mindblowing lyrics ever written are found on this cd. Pick it up as soon as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nirvana

    raw, great, real...NIRVANA

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