In a perfect world, veteran desert punkers Meat Puppets would be remembered best as the creators of Meat Puppets II. This normative fusion of hardcore punk and countrified psychedelia was next-level, influential shit for indie rock of the early ’80s, but went largely unrecognized outside the punk realm until members Cris and Curt Kirkwood sat in with Nirvana on MTV’s Unplugged to play two of the record's best-known tracks. Ironically, most are still unaware that they weren't Nirvana originals. It was, however, a stepping stone for a less than perfect world where the band is remembered fondly for a minor ’90s hit called “Backwater” and their 1994 success Too High to Die. Several breakups later, they've reunited, and the band’s newest release, Lollipop, is as grown-up as the members themselves, who have shaken off that ’80s sun-soaked acid thrash and loose and fuzzy ’90s riffs for indelible, gently rockin’ hooks and melodies.