Too High to Die

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Too High to Die
Meat Puppets Too High to Die.jpg
Studio album by The Meat Puppets
Released January 25, 1994
Recorded 1993
Studio The Warehouse, Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:06
Label London
Producer Meat Puppets, Paul Leary
The Meat Puppets chronology
Forbidden Places
(1991)
Too High to Die
(1994)
Raw Meat (EP)
(1994)

Too High to Die is the eighth album by the Meat Puppets, released on January 25, 1994. It was produced by Butthole Surfers guitarist Paul Leary. The album's title is a parody of The Ramones' 1984 album Too Tough to Die.

A limited edition of Too High to Die included the 10" vinyl promo EP Raw Meat. The cover art on this limited edition features more color than the simply pink-toned normal cover.

The album was supported by a lengthy tour, which included spots opening for the likes of Blind Melon, Soul Asylum, and Stone Temple Pilots (and shortly before the album's release, Nirvana).

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Too High to Die sold very well due to the success of its single "Backwater", which reached #2 and #11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts respectively. The album itself also reached #1 on the Heatseekers chart, making it one of the Meat Puppets' most successful and highest ranking albums to date. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on October 6, 1994.

The rarely-seen video for "We Don't Exist" was nominated for "Best Metal/Hard Rock Video" at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to White Zombie's "More Human than Human".

In May 2012, the title of a book about the Meat Puppets' history borrowed part of the album's title, Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets.[1]

In July 2014, Guitar World placed Too High to Die at number 44 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[2]

In October 2014, the Alternative Nation website listed Too High to Die at number 9 in their "Top 10 Alternative Rock Albums Of 1994" list.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Curt Kirkwood, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Violet Eyes" – 3:51
  2. "Never to Be Found" – 4:46
  3. "We Don't Exist" – 3:44
  4. "Severed Goddess Hand" – 2:59
  5. "Flaming Heart" – 4:49
  6. "Shine" – 3:50
  7. "Station" (Cris Kirkwood) – 2:22
  8. "Roof with a Hole" – 3:34
  9. "Backwater" – 3:42
  10. "Things" – 4:06
  11. "Why?" – 4:20
  12. "Evil Love" (Cris Kirkwood) – 3:07
  13. "Comin' Down" – 6:56
  14. "Lake of Fire" (hidden track)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1994 Heatseekers 1
1994 The Billboard 200 62

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Backwater" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
1994 "Backwater" Modern Rock Tracks 11
1994 "Backwater" The Billboard Hot 100 47
1994 "Backwater" Top 40 Mainstream 31
1994 "We Don't Exist" Mainstream Rock Tracks 28

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