Cover vs. Original

Lake of Fire


I first became acquainted with this number through Nirvana. Though I've heard the Meat Puppets original, I still prefer the Nirvana cover.

- Bob, Columbia, MO, United States, 08.11.2005


Nirvana
1994

vs.

Meat Puppets
1984

CD-Cover: Nirvana - Unplugged in New York 65.1 % 34.9 % CD-Cover: Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Nirvana 2145 Votes Meat Puppets

Comments about Lake of Fire:

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Oh by the way, why the hell is Courney "Love" Harrison not in prison yet? We didn't forget you dirty whore.

http://www.justiceforkurt.com/
- Ron, New York, United States, 24.04.2010
While the Meat Puppets certainly deserve credit for the creation of the song, lets face it the MTV unplugged version is by far the best. Best perfomance/album in history in mine and many others opinion. The lead singer is the band, everyone knows that, and theres no beating Kurt. Except maybe Lennon. The Meat Puppets played the MTV unplugged version behind Kurt anyway. Perhaps they both deserve the credit for the best version ever, but Kurt was singing. Not realy a question of band versus band. My 2 cent.
- Ron, New York, United States, 24.04.2010
Even nirvana perfer meat puppet. I always go with original
- Raman, Md, United States, 16.10.2009
Aren't these both Meat Puppets versions with Kurt Cobain lending vocals on the unplugged version as well as Nirvana lending their name??? I mean the Curt and Cris Kirkwood did play on the "Nirvana" version, and Kurt Cobain and Crist Novoselic didn't.
- Bob, San Diego, United States, 15.10.2008
I really just like Kurt's voice better on this is all.
- Lemissa, LawrencefuckingKansas, United States, 27.11.2007
Going off something that Goatboy said, I really can't say of the Unplugged version was a true cover or not. We had 2/3 of the original group playing their musical instruments. Anyway, I'm going with the Pups on this one.
- Joe, Columbia, MO, United States, 15.11.2007
The voting on this one is perplexing. I agree -- most (not all) voting for Nirvana's version are doing so because of Nirvana's celebrity, or because they know who Nirvana is but had no idea who the Meat Puppets are. I don't think this one's close: Nirvana does a nice version, but Meat Pups blow them away.

Nirvana's version -- and other Meat Pups songs they performed -- was an homage to one of the great bands of the 1980s. If Kurt were here, he'd tell you the same thing ... and he'd be voting for the Meat Pups.

"Lake of Fire" was one of the real standouts on the album "Meat Puppets II," which was kind of their breakthrough, at least to those of us who tuned in. (1980s were an odd time -- the radio was filled with crap while great music was being made and never getting a listen. More so than at any time. Nirvana actually changed that!)

Also really worthwhile was Meat Puppets' third album, "Up On The Sun," and their EP "Out My Way." I also loved the "In A Car" single, which is more like their first album, which doesn't sound much like anything else they did.

Some of the best shows I ever saw included the Meat Puppets. They opened a few times for the Minutemen (best band of the '80s) and Husker Du in all-SST shows. All three were great bands.

- Charlie Freak, Canoga Park, United States, 16.07.2007
The voting on this one is perplexing. I agree -- most (not all) voting for Nirvana's version are doing so because of Nirvana's celebrity, or because they know who Nirvana is but had no idea who the Meat Puppets are. I don't think this one's close: Nirvana does a nice version, but Meat Pups blow them away.

Nirvana's version -- and other Meat Pups songs they performed -- was an homage to one of the great bands of the 1980s. If Kurt were here, he'd tell you the same thing ... and he'd be voting for the Meat Pups.

"Lake of Fire" was one of the real standouts on the album "Meat Puppets II," which was kind of their breakthrough, at least to those of us who tuned in. (1980s were an odd time -- the radio was filled with crap while great music was being made and never getting a listen. More so than at any time. Nirvana actually changed that!)

Also really worthwhile was Meat Puppets' third album, "Up On The Sun," and their EP "Out My Way." I also loved the "In A Car" single, which is more like their first album, which doesn't sound much like anything else they did.

Some of the best shows I ever saw included the Meat Puppets. They opened a few times for the Minutemen (best band of the '80s) and Husker Du in all-SST shows. All three were great bands.

- Charlie Freak, Canoga Park, United States, 16.07.2007
Steve, Burbank seems to be filled with a lot of hatred, zzzzz Boring, Get a life u idiot, anyway whats wrong with long hair and not wearing a tie??? nirvana are pretty crap anyway when you compare them to the supergods like led zeppelin!

both versions are equal i say
- Dan, London, England, 06.04.2007
Great song! Love em' both! Don't....know.....who....Ahhhhh!
- Badphish419, Atlanta, United States, 21.02.2007
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