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The Most Influential Arizona Punk Records: #5 - Meat Puppets, Untitled Seven-Inch EP

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"People thought we were a Meat Puppets rip-off at first," said J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.

In an interview with New Times earlier this year, the subject of the Meat Puppets came up, and the East Coast guitar god lit up like a youngster talking about his favorite superheroes.

"The Meat Puppets' first record was pretty amazing to us when it came out." Mascis says.

Truth be told, there is a lot of similarity between the early Dinosaur Jr stuff and early Meat Puppets material. While "rip-off" might be strong, there definitely is something to Mascis' enthusiasm for the Meat Puppets, especially when it comes to their first seven-inch EP.

As previously mentioned, fans commonly call the seven-inch "In a Car," but there actually isn't an official title. Cris Kirkwood played bass and sang on the recording, joined by drummer Derrick Bostrom and Cris' brother, Curt Kirkwood, on guitar and vocals.

"'In a Car' was basically a payment by the group Monitor [amazing L.A. post-punk art rock trio] who wanted us to track their song 'Hair' for their album. They said, 'Come in and do our song and you can record a song of yours.' This was at their studio in Silver Lake [California, near Hollywood]," Bostrom says.

Monitor had their own label, World Imitation Records, and signed the Meat Puppets to their first recording contract, which came as some surprise to the Meat Puppets when it was offered.

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Tom Reardon has written for Phoenix New Times since 2013. He's been in several notable bands over the last 25 years including Hillbilly Devilspeak, North Side Kings, and the Father Figures.
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