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Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets

Initial release : 1982 (SST Records)

Bonus track CD release: 1999 (Rykodisk 10466)

The CD reissue of the Meat Puppets 1982 eponymous first album includes as one of the bonus tracks a version of the Garcia/Hunter song Franklin's Tower.


Original LP;

  • Reward
  • Love Offering
  • Blue-Green God
  • Walking Boss
  • Melons Rising
  • Saturday Morning
  • Our Friends
  • Tumblin' Tumbleweeds
  • Milo Sorghum And Maize
  • Meat Puppets
  • Playing Dead
  • Litter Box
  • Electromud
  • The Gold Mine
In A Car;
  • In A Car
  • Big House
  • Dolphin Field
  • Out In The Gardener
  • Foreign Lawns
Bonus tracks;
  • Meat Puppets
  • Everybody's Talking
  • H-Elenore
  • Hair
  • I Got A Right
  • I Am A Child
  • Franklin's Tower
  • Milo Sorghum & Maize
  • Electromud
  • Love Offering
  • Saturday Morning
  • Magic Toy Missing
  • Unpleasant
Plus enhanced CD video of;
  • Walking Boss


  • Curt Kirkwood - guitar, bass, vocals
  • Cris Kirkwood - bass, vocals
  • Derrick Bostrom - drums
Additional personnel;
  • Steve Thomsen - keyboards (track 23 only)

  • Producers - Laurie O'Connell, Ed Barger, Montior
  • Engineers - Spot, Ed Barger, Darrell DeMarco, Sandy Lamont
  • Mixing - Spot, Laurie O'Connell, Ed Barger
  • Remixing - Derrick Bostrom, David Nicols, Mike Hissong
  • Rerelease produced by - Tami Blevins, Derrick Bostrom, Ian Gilchrist, Troy Hansborough
  • Rerelease mastering - Stuart Sullivan
  • Rerelease additional engineering - Steve Chadie
  • Cover art - Damon Bostrom, Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Curt Kirkwood, Cris Kirkwood
  • Photography - Neal Holiday, Naomi Peterson
  • Package design - Derrick Bostrom, Adam Larson
  • Multimedia interface - Derrick Bostrom, Adam Larson
  • Drawings - Meat Puppets
  • Liner notes - Derrick Bostrom, Gregg Turkington, Mark Coleman
  • Walking Boss video produced and directed by - Jon Reiss, Jill Hoffman

The tracks on this reissue were recorded between 1981 and 1990.

Franklin's Tower is a previously unissued track that was recorded during the sessions for the first Meat Puppets album in November 1982. As Bosstrom describes in the liner notes;

We finally decided to set up just like we played live, separation be damned. We even ditched the headphones. While it made for some funky acoustics (as the album clearly demonstrates) it did afford us some creative breathing space. We began the final session loosening up with some of our favorite cover tunes. After a half dozen numbers, we declared the waters tested by noodling out a little "space" on Franklin's Tower.
The video of Walking Boss was filmed at a concert at Target Video in San Francisco.

Related releases

The material on this reissue was originally released as;

  • Tracks 1-14 - Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets, 1982
  • Tracks 15-19 - In A Car (EP), Meat Puppets, 1981
  • Track 20 - on the Los Angeles Free Music Society's Light Bulb Cassette, 1981
  • Track 22 - Keats Ride A Harley compilation, 1981
  • Track 23 - Monitor compilation LP, 1981
  • Track 32 - Amuck compilation, 1982
All other tracks are previously unreleased.

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