Backwater

Album: Too High to Die (1994)
Charted: 47
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • The Meat Puppets' Too High to Die album was released in the wake of the Kirkwood brothers' appearance on Nirvana's classic MTV Unplugged special, when they got to accompany the Seattle band as they covered three classic Meat Puppets II numbers. Rock radio picked up on this melodic rocker and it became the Puppets' biggest ever hit. The song was their only entry on the US Hot 100.
  • The song started out as a slower, bluesier number, inspired by The King of Rock 'N' Roll's spiritual tunes. Lead singer and principal songwriter Curt Kirkwood explained to us: "I always liked Elvis' gospel albums, and I like gospel in general. Those are the Elvis albums I grew up on, because my grandmother had them. Kept some of the first stuff. So I thought it would be cool to write a gospel, or try to. So that's what that was. It wasn't really supposed to be religious, like gospel, but it was real slow. And I pretty much started out with the organ, the demo was based mostly around the organ. And it was a lot slower. It was hymnal slow. "
  • The LP title is a parody of The Ramones' 1984 album Too Tough to Die.
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Evolution Of The Prince SymbolSong Writing

The evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000.

AdeleFact or Fiction

Despite her reticent personality, Adele's life and music are filled with intrigue. See if you can spot the true tales.

Rick AstleySongwriter Interviews

Rick Astley on "Never Gonna Give You Up," "Cry For Help," and his remarkable resurgence that gave him another #1 UK album.

Joe ElySongwriter Interviews

The renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"

Ian Anderson of Jethro TullSongwriter Interviews

The flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.

Pete AndersonSongwriter Interviews

Pete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison.