I found a 12″ single of this in a bargain bin 20 years ago and it’s been one of my favourite records ever since. It came in a plain cardboard sleeve with awful markerpen handwriting on it.
It’s flat, badly recorded and off key in places, and yet seeing as the song is all about unreliable slackerdom, it rides.
The nimble riff climbs up and down the scale as a myriad of examples are given as to why the lyricist is not a safe bet.
‘I’ll come up to your house and attempt to fix your sink, Do a mediocre job, as I’m leaving you will think…’
and so it goes on. The band are frutting away at nineteen to the dozen behind the laid back vocal. The production of their instruments is so thin what might have sounded like a heavy or angry racket in other hands is almost folk like or even skiffle-ish.
‘My eye is on the pork, the pork is in the pan, if something needs a doing, well you know I’m not your man’
The Meat Puppets in 1987 seemed to be nailing 90’s Lemonheaded post-grunge well ahead of the curve. Not bad for a bunch of unreliable lazy slackers.