Lake of Fire

Lake of Fire is a great song by the Meat Puppets, Nirvana covered it and it was also lovely. The track came off of their 1982 album Meat Puppets II, Nirvana also covered Oh Me and Plateau from this album. Furthermore, the Minutemen did the Meat Puppet’s Lost on their EP Tour-Spiel.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is one of the most original and best albums of the 80s. Of course, Pitchfork agrees with me. Here’s what they posted (which is way better than anything I could write):

Like apple and pie, like bass and balls, country n’ hardcore just go together in that all-American way. Though the Meat Puppets’ second record is often filed under this fusion (and credited as the first to make the connection), there was really a lot more going on here than the “cowpunk” label can account for. The main thrust of the album was more psychedelic, using the claustrophobic tightness of punk and the vastness of Americana as head-metaphors, analogies for two distinct states of being really goddamn freaked out. And, while many of their heirs got the punk part right, few could approximate the huge, haunted spaces that lurk in the darker corners of this album, threatening to swallow even the most manic of the band’s outbursts.” –Brendan Reid

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