Zopilote Machine
Album Cover for the 1994 release


1994, 2005




Ajax (1994), 3 Beads of Sweat (2005)


John Darnielle, Rachel Ware, Bright Mountain Choir

Zopilote Machine is The Mountain Goats' debut studio album. It was first released in 1994, under the label Ajax, then re-released in 2005 under the label 3 Beads of Sweat.


Fan-made Zopilote Machine Cassette

Liner NotesEdit


-sic ait filius iuuenalis

-at filius inscitus fuit

-stultior diem ex die creuit

-di magni, hic puer dolor est magno mihi

-zopilote machine is a 19-song mater ferricrepina magna ferocia...

cool quotes: the wood underneath would win and win till the end of time. of that there was no doubt possible only the pain of hope perennially doomed to disappointment. it was so clear. of course it was in the nature of the wood to rot with age. the polish, it was supposed, would catch the rot. but of course in the end it was the rot which imprisoned everything in its effortless embrace. it did not really have to fight. being was enough in the natural course of things it would always take the newness of the different kinds of polish and the vaunted cleansing power of the chemicals in them, and it would connvert all to glorious filth, awaiting yet more polish again and again and again. and the wood was not alone. --ayi kwei ARMAH. the beautiful ones are not yet born, chapter one.

"kid you fell in the milk..."


  1. "Alpha Incipiens" -- 1:36
  2. "Azo Tle Nelli in Tlalticpac?" -- 3:02
  3. "Alpha Sun Hat" -- 1:24
  4. "The Black Ice Cream Song" -- 2:03
  5. "Sinaloan Milk Snake Song" -- 2:14
  6. "We Have Seen the Enemy" -- 1:53
  7. "Standard Bitter Love Song #7" -- 2:22
  8. "Quetzalcoatl Eats Plums" -- 2:25
  9. "Orange Ball of Love" -- 2:12
  10. "Orange Ball of Hate" -- 2:09
  11. "Bad Priestess" -- 1:29
  12. "Going to Bristol" -- 2:02
  13. "Young Caesar 2000" -- 2:17
  14. "Going to Lebanon" -- 2:29
  15. "Grendel's Mother" -- 2:20
  16. "Song for Tura Satana" -- 2:03
  17. "Alpha in Tauris" -- 2:09
  18. "Going to Georgia" -- 2:15
  19. "Quetzalcoatl is Born" -- 2:21