Meat Puppets II (1984) and Up on the Sun (1985). A guest appearance on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged episode in 1993 increased their audience, and the reincarnated band have regained their former potency after Cris Kirkwood’s problems with drugs and incarceration.
Meat Puppets’ lysergic-fueled country-rock ramblings should sound even better against the backdrop of the stark and rocky landscape of the high desert. The Phoenix quartet have a natural affinity for wide open spaces, having incubated their strange sounds in the emptiness of the Sonoran Desert before emerging as underground alt-rock icons and college-radio favorites in the early 1980s. Brothers Curt (vocals/guitar) and Cris Kirkwood (bass) started out playing aggressively demented hardcore bursts of jazzy noise, but before long they were taking loping country tunes and expanding them into dramatic psychedelic opuses on such key albums as