February 03, 2004
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, American Underground, American Punk, Hardcore Punk, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

The Meat Puppets were one of the great indie rock bands of the '80s, and one that grew substantially from its furious hardcore beginnings through country-punk and on into a more hard rock kind of sound. Classic Puppets is a second attempt to anthologize their SST years (the No Strings Attached comp went out of print when the rights went to Rykodisc), and it does a decent job, but it seems almost like an afterthought. All the hits are here for the newcomers, and there are a handful of unreleased tracks tacked on to the end for the completist. This collection just comes off as a bit lackluster. If you want to check out the Meat Puppets, start with Meat Puppets II or Up on the Sun. You'll be glad you did.
Sean Westergaard, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Foreign Lawns
  2. H-Elenore
  3. Blue Green God
  4. Walking Boss
  5. Lost
  6. Plateau
  7. Lake of Fire
  8. The Whistling Song
  9. Up on the Sun
  10. Swimming Ground
  11. Enchanted Porkfist
  12. Two Rivers
  13. Out My Way
  14. On the Move
  15. Burn the Honky Tonk Down
  16. Confusion Fog
  17. Get on Down
  18. Look at the Rain
  19. Sexy Music
  20. Dough Rey Mi
  21. Light [#]
  22. Strings on Your Heart [#]
  23. Meltdown [#]
  24. New Leaf [#]