Lake of Fire (song)

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"Lake of Fire"
Single by Meat Puppets
from the album Meat Puppets II and Too High to Die
Released March 12, 1994
Format promo single
Genre Alternative rock, cowpunk
Label London Records
Writer(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 consists of three choruses, punctuated by two verses, in the key of G#.[2][3][4] It 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 as well as a unique version on a 2005 radio interview with KCXI.

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) - 2:45
  3. "Lake of Fire" (live) - 2:56

Nirvana cover[edit]

"Lake of Fire"
Song by Nirvana from the album MTV Unplugged in New York
Released November 1, 1994
Recorded November 18, 1993 at Sony Music Studios in New York City
Genre Alternative rock, blues rock, grunge
Length 2:56
Label DGC Records
Writer(s) Curt Kirkwood
Producer(s) Alex Coletti, Scott Litt, Nirvana
MTV Unplugged in New York track listing

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.[5]

Nirvana's chart positions
Chart (1995) Position
Canadian RPM Alternative Songs Chart[6] 17
U.S Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[7] 22

Other covers[edit]

  • The song was also covered by a hip-hop/rock crossover group named Lordz of Brooklyn, although this version features verses different from those of the Meat Puppets, and "bad folks" in the chorus is replaced by "gangstas". This version is featured in the video game Mafia.[citation needed]
  • Covered by the Italian rock band The Bastard Sons of Dioniso, it appears in their 2007 acoustic album "Even Lemmy sometimes sleeps"
  • Also covered 10/31/09 by Widespread Panic during their Halloween show at the Austin Music Hall, and 11/02/14 at their Fall Tour closer in Broomfield, CO

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Song Facts - Lake of Fire". 
  2. ^ "Discography - Meat Puppets". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Discography - Album : Meat Puppets II". Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Album "Meat Puppets II" on Amazon". Amazon. 
  5. ^ Lake of Fire - Nirvana Collector's Discography. Retrieved 16 June, 2013.
  6. ^ Rock/Alternative - Volume 61, No. 25, July 24 1995 Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Nirvana - Billboard Awards Retrieved 16 June, 2013.

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