The Meat Puppets first added structured space to their shows in the Spring of 1990. Cris and Curt and sound man Davo had all acquired onboard effects. I brought along our drum machine and digital reverb. When the time was right, Curt would command Davo to "turn on that thing that makes my voice sound weird how I like it.” Then we'd be off to the races, generating sheets of shimmering clatter before the befuddled crowd.
Curt watched a lot of “America’s Most Wanted,” back then. Every night, he'd admonish the audience with threats of fugitive thugs roaming the countryside, while Davo made his voice unintelligible. By mid-tour, our noise explorations had taken on a life of their own, buoyed by our own enthusiastic sweat and volume. Davo caught most of it on cassette as he sat behind the board providing live dub effects.
But that was also a tough tour for us. Though we were trying to support "Monsters," our relationship with our label SST was effectively over. While other bands outpaced us, we sat in major-label limbo waiting for our own ship to come in. The tour itself itself began to resemble an episode of "America's Most Wanted." We returned home flat broke. That summer, I gave up my pot habit; I considered giving up music as well.
To give myself something to do, I started to compile all the space jams onto one cassette, with an eye towards generating some sort of collage out of it. Eventually I lost the cassette. Fast forward twenty-eight years and I finally sat down and completed the project. It came out pretty good if I do say so myself: a great tribute to a willfully uncommercial band who dreamed of major label success while driving their audiences away. For the twelve of you who stuck around, this collage is for you.