Lake of Fire (song)

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"Lake of Fire"
Lake of Fire (single).jpg
Single by Meat Puppets
from the album Meat Puppets II and Too High to Die
ReleasedMarch 12, 1994
Formatpromo single
LabelLondon Records
Songwriter(s)Curt Kirkwood
Meat Puppets singles chronology
"Roof with a Hole"
"Lake of Fire"

"Lake of Fire" is a song by the American alternative rock band the Meat Puppets.[1] It appears on their 1984 album Meat Puppets II and also appears as a hidden track on their 1994 album Too High to Die.

The Meat Puppets have played this song at most of their concerts, and even after the Meat Puppets, Curt Kirkwood has performed this song himself at most of his concerts.

Promo single[edit]

The fourth promotional release to boost the Too High to Die record. Released after they played on MTV Unplugged with Nirvana.

Track listing

(All songs by Curt Kirkwood unless otherwise noted)

  1. "Lake of Fire" (1994 version) – 3:12
  2. "Lake of Fire" (acoustic version) – 1:58
  3. "Lake of Fire" (live) – 2:56

Nirvana cover[edit]

"Lake of Fire"
Promotional single by Nirvana
from the album MTV Unplugged in New York
ReleasedNovember 1, 1994
RecordedNovember 18, 1993 at Sony Music Studios in New York City
LabelDGC Records
Songwriter(s)Curt Kirkwood
Producer(s)Alex Coletti, Scott Litt, Nirvana
MTV Unplugged in New York track listing
Audio sample

Along with "Plateau" and "Oh, Me", the popular grunge band Nirvana performed "Lake of Fire" for their MTV Unplugged appearance in 1993 and were joined by the Kirkwood brothers. This version appears on Nirvana's 1994 live album, MTV Unplugged in New York and was released as a promotional single.[2]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[3] 17
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[4] 22
US Rock Tracks Top 60 (Radio & Records)[5] 18

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
US Top Rock Tracks (Radio & Records)[6] 92

Other covers[edit]

  • Lena Hall recorded a live version of the song for her 2015 album Sin & Salvation: Live at the Carlyle.
  • In 2018, Eric Bachmann covered the song and released it as a single.[7] His cover was also featured in the 2018 film Tag.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Song Facts - Lake of Fire".
  2. ^ Lake of Fire - Nirvana Collector's Discography. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 8516." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Nirvana Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Rock Tracks Top 60" (PDF). Radio & Records. Radio & Records. June 2, 1995. p. 56. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Top 95 of 95" (PDF). Radio & Records. Radio & Records. December 22, 1995. p. 86. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
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