Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets

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Although the Meat Puppets would later become best known for their intriguing blend of country, punk, rock, folk, psychedelia, and whatever else they could toss in their musical blender, the trio's 1982 self-titled full-length debut was a furious hardcore album. Totally ferocious and red hot, the album rarely lets up on its full-throttle attack -- Curt Kirkwood's vocals bear little resemblance to the wasted, off-key country-rock warbling on such seminal releases as Meat Puppets II and Up on the Sun; instead, the singing style consists of larynx-shredding screaming that renders the lyrics incomprehensible. Still, there's something special about such slop-rockers as "Love Offering," "Blue-Green God," "Saturday Morning," and "Our Friends." And as a sign of things to come, for a few brief fleeting moments, the band attempts to conquer country (on covers of "Walking Boss" and "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds"). The 1999 Rykodisc reissue more than doubled the original album's track listing, including their early In a Car EP and a total of 12 outtakes/demos, the best of the bunch being covers of the Stooges' "I Got a Right," Neil Young's "I Am a Child," and the Grateful Dead's "Franklin's Tower."

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:11 Amazon
2 1:28 Amazon
3 1:22 Amazon
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5 0:53 Amazon
6 1:30 Amazon
7 2:11 Amazon
8 2:02 Amazon
9 2:15 Amazon
10 1:38 Amazon
11 1:28 Amazon
12 0:50 Amazon
13 0:47 Amazon
14 1:02 Amazon
15 1:21 Amazon
16 1:06 Amazon
17 1:08 Amazon
18 1:03 Amazon
19 0:36 Amazon
20 1:33 Amazon
21 2:41 Amazon
22 1:39 Amazon
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25
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27 1:32 Amazon
28 0:45 Amazon
29 1:02 Amazon
30 1:11 Amazon
31 1:27 Amazon
32 1:04 Amazon
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