What are some other great albums that sound like the Meat Puppets' Up on the Sun?

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I bought this a couple weeks ago and I'm in love with it. II never really did it for me (probably because I grew up listening to NIrvana Unplugged in New York) but this hits the spot... Feel free to point out obvious ones, too.

Oh, and while we're here: C/D Huevos?

poortheatre (poortheatre), Monday, 30 May 2005 18:38 (seventeen years ago) link

Huevos is really good.

charleston charge (chaki), Monday, 30 May 2005 18:54 (seventeen years ago) link

You might try Sylvia Juncosa's Nature album.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 30 May 2005 18:57 (seventeen years ago) link

grateful dead, workingman's dead and american beauty

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 30 May 2005 19:20 (seventeen years ago) link

The USA Is A Monster do something not totally dissimilar these days

DJ Mencap0))), Monday, 30 May 2005 19:54 (seventeen years ago) link

i haven't heard anything that sounds like up on the sun. one of the things that makes it such a great album.
i heard american beauty once, didn't strike me as similar at all.
II is a fucking great album.
if you like up on the sun better than II, you'll probably dig huevos, it's a pretty cool album too.

m0stly clean (m0stly clean), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 00:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Ragin' Full On by fIREHOSE might be your cup of tea.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 01:06 (seventeen years ago) link

i really need to be listening to more meat puppets these days. i wish i'd brought my cds with me.

The Pinup Girls of YANK (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 01:40 (seventeen years ago) link

there was a band from minneapolis (i think) called ground zero, whose 1984 bob mould-produced album was extremely meat puppet-y. been a long time since i listened to it, but IIRC it's a bit more like II than up on the sun -- more frenetic and rocky -- but still may be worth checking out.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 02:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Dunno about *great*, but Big Tube Squeezer from Seattle did a pretty good album (I Have A Thing For Love) and single('Mood Piece') that sounded a lot like Up On The Sun-era Meat Puppets playing late period Velvet Underground songs. Came out in around 1989 and so consequently got buried by a whole load of grunge doofery. Actually, I've just googled them and as luck would have it, there's five songs available on this site here. I'd say check out the last track ('Rain') first, probably the poppiest song they had (though the lyrics verily doth blow a gale of foulest shite).

Otherwise do as the fact checking cuz sez and get thee to the Dead. Blues For Allah maybe?

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 08:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Check out the 'Monsters' by the Puppets, there are two songs on there that fit the UOTS remit, 'Light' & 'Like Being Alive'

mzui (mzui), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 09:01 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't think Huevos compares to Up on the Sun .. I mean, it's nowhere near as good.. but it's worth a listen. Also, Out My Way as the followup EP was OK - not great, but maybe closer in sound.

diedre mousedropping and a quarter (Dave225), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 11:09 (seventeen years ago) link

What about Mirage? Anyone else hear a Johnny Marr influence going on there?

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 11:58 (seventeen years ago) link

The Byrds - Notorious Byrd Brothers

Various - Sound D'Afrique

Paul (scifisoul), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 12:13 (seventeen years ago) link

The Flat Duo Jets maybe or older Love Tractor records like Around the Bend

dan. (dan.), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 18:09 (seventeen years ago) link

i really need to be listening to more meat puppets these days. i wish i'd brought my cds with me.

problem solved. dear god, uots is a masterpiece.

The Pinup Girls of YANK (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 18:57 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...

dear god, uots is a masterpiece.


am0n, Thursday, 20 September 2007 15:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Yep and always.

Jon Lewis, Thursday, 20 September 2007 15:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes and nothing else sounds like it. And that includes other Meat Puppets' albums.

Tom D., Thursday, 20 September 2007 15:39 (fifteen years ago) link

too true

jhøshea, Thursday, 20 September 2007 16:01 (fifteen years ago) link

six years pass...

up in my head theres an animal kingdom
i am the king of the animals there

lag∞n, Friday, 27 December 2013 17:22 (nine years ago) link

theres some cool bonus versions on the reissue

lag∞n, Friday, 27 December 2013 17:45 (nine years ago) link

Totally agree. Has anyone else loved Rat Farm? Not getting a lot of year-end love.

regards to broad street, Friday, 27 December 2013 17:59 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

loving the demo tracks on the CD reissue, got this rubbery stuck in jelly lo-fi feel. what else sounds like this stuff? some of the most stereotypically 'stoner' music i can think of, but in a good way

global tetrahedron, Friday, 22 April 2016 17:59 (seven years ago) link

five years pass...

bump. above poster was onto something. maybe there's nothing else like it, much as others above have remarked about the album as a whole

global tetrahedron, Friday, 2 July 2021 23:00 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

i heard this on the radio today and was so into it. this is the closest i've come to having the UOTS itch scratched by pretty much anything other than UOTS itself:


budo jeru, Sunday, 9 April 2023 03:18 (one month ago) link

I'd say the two Citizens' Utilities albums are in this zone somewhere. Not as proggy. *Lost and Foundered* is a lovely record.


Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 9 April 2023 09:47 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

fatso jetson gets close sometimes:


budo jeru, Friday, 19 May 2023 21:23 (one week ago) link

^These guys are new to me, can definitely hear the Puppets in it.

I'm with the thread consensus that nothing else hits quite like Up On the Sun, but the closest thing I've heard recently is Scattered Thoughts, the Numero comp of Gary Davenport's early 80s psychedelic jangle-punk from San Antonio.

The vibe is more "Down On the Moon" than "Up On the Sun" but the main sonic elements are there: clean, jangly electric guitars; basic yet solid rhythm section; trippy production flourishes. Amazing compilation if you're remotely interested in this kind of thing:


J. Sam, Friday, 19 May 2023 22:12 (one week ago) link

oops, proper link:


J. Sam, Friday, 19 May 2023 22:12 (one week ago) link

will check this out.

budo jeru, Saturday, 20 May 2023 15:51 (one week ago) link

obvious but first firehose album is pretty meatpuppetsy


lag∞n, Sunday, 21 May 2023 19:20 (one week ago) link

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