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Meat Puppets - Alive in the Nineties
Cornerstone Recording Art Society / MVD 2003 DVD
Starring: Cris Kirkwood, Curt Kirkwood, Derrick Bostrom
Attacked by Monsters
Never to Be Found
Lake of Fire
Six Gallon Pie
Songs recorded live at:
Ak-Sar-Ben Arena, Ohama NB, 08/04/94
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St Paul MN, 08/10/94
Kemp Mill Music, Washington DC, 02/94
Record & Tape Traders, Washington DC, 02/94
The Knitting Factory, NYC NY, 02/26/93
Velvet Slego, Rimini, Italy, 02/21/92
Pour les non-anglophones voir la wikipage pour en savoir davantage...
DVD Review by Dan Heaton (digitallyobsessed.com):
Forming in Phoenix in 1980, the Meat Puppets' underground cult status continued to rise throughout the mid-'80s with each successive release. Comprised of Cris (guitar) and Curt (bass) Kirkwood and Derrick Bostrom (drums), the band released still-classic albums like "Meat Puppets II" and "Up On the Sun". Presenting a unique mixture of hard rock, country, and folk rock with a punk mentality, the Meat Puppets carved an interesting niche for SST Records. This label was known mostly for such heavier acts as the Minutemen and Husker Du, but their do-it-yourself attitude meshed nicely with these bands.
After fading in the late '80s and early '90s, the Meat Puppets scored a surprising level of popularity with the release of "Too High to Die" in 1994. Based mostly on the hit single Backwater and the endless airings of their appearance on Nirvana's Unplugged show, the guys garnered numerous converts. The Meat Puppets: Alive in the Nineties showcases several live appearances during this late heyday. Much of the material stems from the popular record, but a few surprise inclusions do arise. While the image and sound quality is pretty awful for certain tunes, this feature does provide a decent overview of the Meat Puppets' sound.
The set begins with Attacked by Monsters, a raucous rocker with long guitar and drum solos. Depicting the rougher side of the Meat Puppets, it immediately contradicts the mellower, more acoustic side prevalent on their hit album. Next up is Backwater—a decent track that is less favorable now due to constant alternative airplay in 1994. The more upbeat numbers showcase a pure joy of performing that explains the Puppets' devout fanbase. Shot at the Velvet Siego in Italy, Automatic Mojo really presents the band going crazy.
Another new venture during the 1994 tour were in-store appearances that allowed the guys to do acoustic performances. This provided a worthy avenue for goofy tracks like Station and slow, classic tracks like Plateau. It also gave them a chance to re-invent such fast numbers as Violet Eyes and Sam in a more intimate setting. While it varied considerably from the crazy, unhearsed method of the earlier years, it worked surprisingly well for the Puppets. Many of the songs included here stem from in-store appearances during 1994. While it is a minor shame not to witness more rock numbers, it does help to explain their popularity at the time. Meat Puppets: Alive in the Nineties may not provide a complete overview, but it does give us a glimpse into an original band at their commercial peak.
The bonus DVD goods you will miss because of copy protection (but you still can get the original at fair price) --- Les bonus contenus dans le DVD qui ne sont pas dans le rip car protégés:
Meat Puppets: Alive in the Nineties is probably more valuable for its decent collection of additional footage. The oddest entry is easily an episode of Video Wave, a low-budget New York show with host Bonnie Beat in the late '80s. Running for about seven minutes, the interview contains very basic questions like "How is alternative music faring these days?" and some strange extreme closeups. Curt Kirkwood appears alone and is still able to inject some worthwhile thoughts. More interesting is "Bostrom's Anecdotes," a seven-minute clip of the drummer giving stories that relate to the main feature. The most intriguing moments cover the 1994 tour with the Stone Temple Pilots, which placed them in an awkward new setting.
The Big Bottom Summit brings together legendary bass players Mike Watt, Flea, and Cris Kirkwood for a discussion about music and their instrument. While this feature contains some areas where the audio cuts out (possibly to block curse words), it still is a compelling extra. Watt always has plenty to say, and Flea's comments about making money reveal a bit about his personality. The interview entries are rounded out with quick individual discussions with Watt and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. Both discuss the Meat Puppets and praise them while remaining genuine. Moore's story about an early gig with the guys is very enjoyable.
The remaining supplements include the black & white 'We Don't Exist' video, a slide show, and a kinetic rendition of 'Good Golly Miss Molly'. The slide show runs for nearly four minutes over music and includes plenty of random band photos. The cover performance is pretty poor, but it does present another example of the Meat Puppets' creative side.
Rip run time: 51mn
Codec: XViD. 720x432
Audio: 160kb/s Mp3
... enjoy you meatheads!
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