Up on the Sun

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Up on the Sun
Studio album by Meat Puppets
Released March 1985
Recorded January 26–28, 1985
Genre Alternative rock
Length 33:30
Label SST
Producer SPOT
Meat Puppets chronology
Meat Puppets II
Up on the Sun
Out My Way
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone (NR)[3]

Up on the Sun is the third album by the Meat Puppets, released in 1985 by SST Records. In 1999 the album was reissued on Rykodisc with bonus tracks and recording notes. The band performed the album live in its entirety at the request of Animal Collective at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that they curated in May 2011.[4]

Recording and release[edit]

Recording took place from January 26 to 28, 1985, at Total Access Studios in Redondo Beach, California. Engineering was by SST's house engineer Spot, who had done the job on the band's first two albums. Up on the Sun was released in March 1985.[5]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Curt Kirkwood, unless otherwise noted. 

Original release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Up on the Sun"     3:58
2. "Maiden's Milk"   Curt Kirkwood/Cris Kirkwood 3:17
3. "Away"     3:30
4. "Animal Kingdom"   Curt Kirkwood/Cris Kirkwood 1:23
5. "Hot Pink"     3:22
6. "Swimming Ground"     3:05
7. "Buckethead"     2:19
8. "Too Real"     2:08
9. "Enchanted Porkfist"     2:48
10. "Seal Whales"     2:16
11. "Two Rivers"     3:15
12. "Creator"     2:09
Rykodisc CD reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Hot Pink" (demo version 1)   3:56
14. "Up on the Sun" (demo version)   4:29
15. "Mother American Marshmallow"   Curt Kirkwood/Cris Kirkwood 4:28
16. "Embodiment of Evil"     1:53
17. "Hot Pink" (demo version 2)   8:35


  • Tracks 13–16 engineered by Darrell de Marco, November 1984 – January 1985.
  • Track 17 recorded by Cris and Curt Kirkwood, May 1983.
  • Tracks 13–17 remixed by Derrick Bostrom, David Nichols and Mike Hissong at Living Head Studio, August 1998.



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