“Cover The Earth” by The Meatmen

Artist: The Meatmen
Title: “Cover The Earth”
Label: MVD Entertainment
Release Date: 6/2/2009
Genre: Punk Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

While I find a number of the Punk bands that are active on the scene of some appeal, I have to admit that I never actually “got” what the guys in the Meatmen were doing and perhaps this is because they were spoofing the actual scene more than they were not. That being said I found myself at first cringing when I realized that the bands new CD was a covers album, and while not really being afraid of the bands take on things, I was just cowering because I had seen far too many of these kinds of albums over the course of a year. It seemed to be the new thing that all bands were locking into so why shouldn’t we allow The Meatmen to do the same? The bands newest album is called “Cover The Earth” and its cover depicts our third rock from the sun covered in goop while inside Tesco Vee and his merry men of meat lay waste to a number of interesting songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. As I listened I had to give them credit for choosing some really interesting numbers from some equally interesting artists. It was rather odd to find the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis working in musical tandem with that of G.G. Allin but there it was for all to hear. There are a lot of fun takes on classics such as “Big John” which is a song I remembered from my youth as my parents listened to a Country station and even some great renditions on some other Punk bands material which one can only hope in the end helps these artists out just a little bit. There are twenty four songs in all and while that might seem a lot to digest, the release plays out rather quickly when it comes down to it. This is the bands first recording since 1996 as far as full-lengths go and finds a slightly different lineup than their existing fans might recall. That’s ok, because as long as Tesco is there, all is right within the world of the band.

Joining Tesco Vee for the recording are Stinky Penis, Big Dick Fontaine and The Pit Viper and they are all portrayed in the booklet in similar fashion to those cardboard dossier cards that one found on the back of the 3 ¾” G.I. Joe figures. Each member is given the treatment in terms of their visuals and background information which made the reading of the booklet rather amusing. I had to say that this was not a terrible covers album and one that kept my interest a little better than others of its kind. Good work Meatmen.

Track Listing:
1. Meatman (Jerry Lee Lewis)
2. Bad Reputation (Thin Lizzy)
3. Loner With A Boner (Black Randy & The Metrosquad)
4. I Slept In An Arcade (Black Randy & The Metrosquad)
5. Motorbikin’ (Chris Spedding)
6. Me 262 (Blue Oyster Cult)
7. Epitaph for a Head (J.D. Blackfoot)
8. Highest Power (GG Allen)
9. Big Bad John (Jimmy Dean)
10. Freeway Mad (Saxon)
11. Sex Machine (Crawling Chaos)
12. Don’t Shake Me Lucifer (Roky Erickson)
13. Vibrator (Motorhead)
14. Sex Mart 2010 (Shecky Schpilkus)
15. Psychedelic Shack (The Temptations)
16. I Love Livin’ In The City (Fear)
17. Worst Band In The World (10CC)
18. Downward Christian Soldiers (Black Market Baby)
19. Slum Goddess (The Fugs)
20. I’m A Bug (The Urinals)
21. Snake (Pink Fairies)
22. One Track Mind (Johnny Thunders)
23. So Long (Abba)
24. We Didn’t Kill Each Other (But Didn’t We Try) (Dallas Wayne)

Official Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Meatmen

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