Forbidden Places

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Forbidden Places
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1, 1991
StudioCapitol Studios, Hollywood, California
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerPete Anderson
Meat Puppets chronology
No Strings Attached
Forbidden Places
Too High to Die

Forbidden Places is the seventh studio album by the Meat Puppets, released in 1991. It is their first release on London Records.


Opening with what Greg Prato described as "razor-sharp rock" on "Sam", Forbidden Places explored several styles including blues on "Nail it Down" and country on "Six Gallon Pie" and "That's How It Goes".[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(choice cut)[5]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA+[4]
Los Angeles Times[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[7]

AllMusic's Greg Prato proclaimed Forbidden Places to be "one of [the band's] finest albums", complementing the album's more country-informed tracks as "splendidly" showing off the Meat Puppets' "cowboy roots".[1]

In August 1991, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune praised Forbidden Places, awarding it three and a half-of-four stars and writing that the band's "casual brilliance becomes more dazzling with each play".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Curt Kirkwood.

  1. "Sam" – 3:05
  2. "Nail It Down" – 3:32
  3. "This Day" – 3:14
  4. "Open Wide" – 3:11
  5. "Another Moon" – 3:39
  6. "That's How It Goes" – 3:24
  7. "Whirlpool" – 3:31
  8. "Popskull" – 3:05
  9. "No Longer Gone" – 3:56
  10. "Forbidden Places" – 2:59
  11. "Six Gallon Pie" – 3:24


Meat Puppets
  • Curt Kirkwood - guitar, vocals, cover
  • Cris Kirkwood - bass, backing vocals, illustration
  • Derrick Bostrom - drums, percussion


  • Skip Edwards - organ on "Nail It Down" and "Another Moon", piano on "That's How It Goes"
  • Alex Acuña - percussion on "Another Moon", "Whirlpool" and "No Longer Gone"
  • Tommy Funderbunk - backing vocals on "Nail It Down"
  • Peter Doell - additional backing vocals on "No Longer Gone"


  1. ^ a b c Prato, Greg. "Forbidden Places - Meat Puppets Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  2. ^ a b Kot, Greg (1991-08-01). "Meat Puppets Forbidden Places (London)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011-05-27). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  4. ^ Arnold, Gina (1991-07-19). "Forbidden Places". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Meat Puppets: Forbidden Places". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. p. 202. ISBN 9780312245603.
  6. ^ Cromelin, Richard (1991-08-25). "Record Rack". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679755746.