Up on the Sun

Up on the Sun

by Meat Puppets


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Up on the Sun

On their second album, the Meat Puppets staggered away from the attempts at punk formalism that hobbled their debut, and with their third LP, 1985's Up on the Sun, they well and truly came out of the musical closet -- not only weren't they punks, they could easily pass for hippies and didn't feel the least bit self-conscious about it. The country influences that played such a big part on Meat Puppets II had faded a bit on Up on the Sun, as a sunburned psychedelia took center stage and the band allowed themselves to get good and trippy. However, Up on the Sun revealed the Puppets had learned one very valuable lesson from punk, and that was to get to the point. The album has an air of carefree drift, but it doesn't meander, and the performances are remarkably tight, full of energy and purpose even when the songs are redolent of goofing off. The title cut churns as Curt Kirkwood's precise but languid guitar figures dance with his brother Cris' insistent basslines and the percussive color of Derrick Bostrom's drumming. "Maiden's Milk" is playful as the abstract jangle of the opening section gives way to a tie-dyed jig, complete with whistling. The swirly phase-shifting and circular melody on "Swimming Ground" sounds as comfortable as a cool dip on a hot day. And the speedy attack of "Buckethead" and "Enchanted Forest" testifies to how strikingly well this band had learned to work as a unit. Up on the Sun isn't as revelatory as Meat Puppets II, and it lacks a song as memorable as "Lake of Fire," but the band rarely sounded as joyous or played with the same fire and accuracy as they demonstrated here, and it's arguably their most purely pleasurable work.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
Label: Mvd Audio
UPC: 0760137528722
catalogNumber: 5287

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meat Puppets   Primary Artist
Derrick Bostrom   Drums
Cris Kirkwood   Bass,Vocals
Curt Kirkwood   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Meat Puppets   Drawing
Spot   Engineer
Derrick Bostrom   Liner Notes,Remixing,Cover Art
Cris Kirkwood   Composer,Engineer,Cover Art
Curt Kirkwood   Composer,Engineer,Cover Art
Steve Schneider   Liner Notes
Steve Chadie   Engineer
Richard Grabel   Liner Notes
Mike Hissong   Remixing
Steve Appleford   Liner Notes
David Nichols   Remixing
Dennis Pelowski   Management
Darrel DeMarco   Engineer
Claude Gaignaire   Video Producer,Video Director

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