Posts Tagged ‘Minutemen’

Lake of Fire

March 13, 2010

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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“You and me, baby twinkle, twinkle blah blah blah”

August 5, 2009

That special intimate quote is from the Minutemen. They’re geniuses. Rock out with me tonight at KRUI 89.7 fm from 8 till 10 pm or online here.

1. Wire, 154 (released in ’79), Two People in a Room (a great heads up from a comment on the show last week.)
2. Suicide’s Radiation
3. Killing Joke, Killing Joke (’80), Wardance
4. The Germs, Communist Eyes
5. The Adverts, Anthology, Bored Teenagers
6. Richard Hell, Spurts, Chinese Rocks
7. Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets II, Split Myself in Two
8. Colin Newman, A-Z (released in ’80), Alone
9. The Swell Maps, Jane from Occupied Europe (1980), Collision with a Frogman
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10. This Heat, This is 1 (released in ’78), Horizontal Hold
11. Oxford Collapse, Remember the Night Parties (2006, but so much fun), Please Visit your National Parts
12. This Mortal Coil, Filigree and Shadow (released in ’86), Alone (cover of Colin Newman’s featured on #8)
13. Joy Division, Digital
14. The Breeders, Safari, Safari
15. Magazine, The correct use of Soap (1980), Because You’re Frightened
16. Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime (released in ’84), #1 Hit Song
17. Ciccone Youth, The Whitey Album (1988), Into the Groove(y)
It’s a side project of Sonic youth that formed in ’86, with the Minutemen’s Mike Watt.
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19. XTC, White Music (released in ’78), Because You’re Frightened
20. Pale Saints, The Comforts of Madness, Sight of You
21. Pixies, Complete “B” Sides, Velvety (Instrumental Version)
22. Modern English, After the Snow, Life in the Gladhouse
23. The Apartments, The Evening Visits (1985), Mr. Somewhere
24. Half Japanese, Half Japanese: Greatest Hits, 1,000,000 Kisses
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25. Felt, Gold Mine Trash, Crystal Ball
26. The Field Mice, Where’d You Learn to Kiss that Way?, Emma’s House
27. The Wedding Present, George Best Plus, My Favourite Dress
28. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Psychocandy
29. Nirvana, With the Lights Out, White Lace and Strange
30. Scratch Acid, The Greatest Gift, Mary Had a Little Drug Problem
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31. The Gun Club, Fire of Love, Sex Beat