Red Red Meat: Tim Rutili (vocals, guitar, piano); Tim Hurley (vocals, guitar, bass); Brian Deck (piano, drums); Ben Massarella (drums).
Personnel: Tim Rutili (vocals, guitar, violin, piano, organ); Tim Hurley (vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar); Brian Deck (vocals, piano, drums, electronics); Chiyoko Yoshida (vocals); Glenn Girard, Neil Rosario (guitar); Julie Pomerleau (viola); Brad Wood (horns, piano); Russ Bassman (organ); Ben Massarella (keyboards, drums, percussion); Casey Rice (synthesizer).
Audio Mixers: Keith Cleversley; Brad Wood ; Brian Deck; Casey Rice.
Audio Remasterer: Greg Calbi.
Liner Note Authors: Ben Massarella; Eric L. Johnson; Giovanni Gandolfi; Timothy Loftus; Isaac Brock; Brad Wood .
Recording information: Idful Music, Chicago, IL; The Playground, Chicago, IL.
Photographers: Jeff Economy; Jim Newberry; Marty Perez.
In 1995, the Chicago indie-rock act Red Red Meat followed up its willfully quirky, well-received album JIMMYWINE MAJESTIC with an even stranger outing. Mixing acoustic and electric instrumentation with bold shifts in mood, the group unveils oddly hypnotic tunes that slowly reveal their ugly-duckling charm, as on the dark, Velvet Underground-like "Idiot Son."
Option (3-4/96, p.119) - "...a niche that's equal parts `Heroin,' `Crossroads' and IN UTERO--with a prescription dose of Codeine mixed in too..."
Melody Maker (11/4/95, p.37) - "...bleak and beautiful as a mid-winter Dungeness morning, but intimate enough to keep out the cold....The songs seem to take shape as you listen. A guitar break...bursts from nowhere straight to the heart of the song. A second ago it wasn't there and now you can't think of the song without it..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]he band's high-water mark....With BUNNY, all of a sudden Red Red Meat seemed artier, more hidden and inscrutable..."
Record Collector (magazine) (pp.94-95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "RED RED MEAT pushed the nature of lo-fi recording to its limits, using pots, pans and various other makeshift instruments to recreate a vision of a dark, dirty, desperate America full of sadness and wasted opportunities....It still sounds fresh and new..."