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"Meat Puppet" redirects here. Meat Puppets_sentence_0

For other uses, see Meat puppet (disambiguation). Meat Puppets_sentence_1

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Meat PuppetsMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_0_0
Background informationMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_1_0
OriginMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_2_0 Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.Meat Puppets_cell_0_2_1
GenresMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_3_0 Meat Puppets_cell_0_3_1
Years activeMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_4_0 1980–1996, 1999–2002, 2006–presentMeat Puppets_cell_0_4_1
LabelsMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_5_0 Meat Puppets_cell_0_5_1
Associated actsMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_6_0 Meat Puppets_cell_0_6_1
WebsiteMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_7_0 Meat Puppets_cell_0_7_1
MembersMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_9_0 Curt Kirkwood

Cris Kirkwood Derrick Bostrom Elmo Kirkwood Ron StabinskyMeat Puppets_cell_0_9_1

Past membersMeat Puppets_header_cell_0_11_0 Shandon Sahm

Kyle Ellison Ken Boucher (session bassist) Andrew Duplantis Troy Meiss (touring member) Ted MarcusMeat Puppets_cell_0_11_1

Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. Meat Puppets_sentence_2

The group's original lineup was Curt Kirkwood (guitar/vocals), his brother Cris Kirkwood (bass guitar/vocals), and Derrick Bostrom (drums). Meat Puppets_sentence_3

The Kirkwood brothers met Bostrom while attending Brophy Prep High School in Phoenix. Meat Puppets_sentence_4

The three then moved to Tempe, Arizona (a Phoenix suburb and home to Arizona State University), where the Kirkwood brothers purchased two adjacent homes, one of which had a shed in the back where they regularly practiced. Meat Puppets_sentence_5

Meat Puppets started as a punk rock band, but like most of their labelmates on SST Records, they established their own unique style, blending punk with country and psychedelic rock, and featuring Curt's warbling vocals. Meat Puppets_sentence_6

Meat Puppets later gained significant exposure when the Kirkwood brothers served as guest musicians on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in 1993. Meat Puppets_sentence_7

The band's 1994 album Too High to Die subsequently became their most successful release. Meat Puppets_sentence_8

The band broke up twice, in 1996 and 2002, but reunited again in 2006. Meat Puppets_sentence_9

Meat Puppets have influenced a number of rock bands, including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, Pavement, and Jawbreaker. Meat Puppets_sentence_10

History Meat Puppets_section_0

Early career (1980–1990) Meat Puppets_section_1

In the late 1970s, drummer Derrick Bostrom played with guitarist Jack Knetzger in a band called Atomic Bomb Club, which began as a duo, but would come to include bassist Cris Kirkwood. Meat Puppets_sentence_11

The band played a few local shows and recorded some demos, but began to dissolve quickly thereafter. Meat Puppets_sentence_12

Derrick and Cris began rehearsing together with Cris' brother Curt Kirkwood by learning songs from Bostrom's collection of punk rock 45s. Meat Puppets_sentence_13

After briefly toying with the name The Bastions of Immaturity, they settled on the name Meat Puppets in June, 1980 after a song by Curt of the same name which appears on their first album. Meat Puppets_sentence_14

Their earliest EP In A Car was made entirely of short hardcore punk with goofy lyrics, and attracted the attention of Joe Carducci as he was starting to work with legendary punk label SST Records. Meat Puppets_sentence_15

Carducci suggested they sign with the label, and Meat Puppets released their first album Meat Puppets in 1982, which among several new originals and a pair of heavily skewed Doc Watson and Bob Nolan covers, featured the songs "The Gold Mine" and "Melons Rising", two tunes Derrick and Cris originally had written and performed as Atomic Bomb Club previously. Meat Puppets_sentence_16

Years later, when the Meat Puppets reissued all of their albums in 1999, the five songs on In A Car would be combined with their debut album. Meat Puppets_sentence_17

By the release of 1984's Meat Puppets II, the bandmembers "were so sick of the hardcore thing," according to Bostrom. Meat Puppets_sentence_18

"We were really into pissing off the crowd." Meat Puppets_sentence_19

Here, the band experimented with acid rock and country and western sounds, while still retaining some punk influence on the tracks "Split Myself in Two" and "New Gods." Meat Puppets_sentence_20

This album contains some of the band's best known songs, such as "Lake of Fire" and "Plateau." Meat Puppets_sentence_21

While the album had been recorded in early 1983, the album's release was delayed for a year by SST. Meat Puppets_sentence_22

Meat Puppets II turned the band into one of the leading bands on SST Records, and along with the Violent Femmes, the Gun Club and others, helped establish the genre called "cow punk". Meat Puppets_sentence_23

Meat Puppets II was followed by 1985's Up on the Sun. Meat Puppets_sentence_24

The album's psychedelic sound resembled the folk-rock of The Byrds, while the songs still retained hardcore influences in the lengths of the songs and the tempos. Meat Puppets_sentence_25

Examples of this new style are the self titled track, "Enchanted Porkfist" and "Swimming Ground." Meat Puppets_sentence_26

Up On The Sun featured the Kirkwood brothers harmonizing their vocals for the first time. Meat Puppets_sentence_27

These two albums were mainstays of college and independent radio at that time. Meat Puppets_sentence_28

During the rest of the 1980s, Meat Puppets remained on SST and released a series of albums while touring relentlessly. Meat Puppets_sentence_29

Between tours they would regularly play small shows in bars around the Phoenix area such as The Mason Jar (now The Rebel Lounge) and The Sun Club in Tempe. Meat Puppets_sentence_30

After the release of the hard-rock styled Out My Way EP in 1986, however, the band was briefly sidelined by an accident when Curt's finger was broken after being slammed in their touring van's door. Meat Puppets_sentence_31

The accident delayed the band's next album, the even more psychedelic Mirage, until the next year. Meat Puppets_sentence_32

The final result included synthesizers and electronic drums, and as such was considered their most polished sounding album to date. Meat Puppets_sentence_33

The tour for Mirage lasted less than 6 months, as the band found it difficult to recreate many of this album's songs in a concert atmosphere. Meat Puppets_sentence_34

Their next album, the ZZ-Top inspired Huevos, came out less than six months afterward, in late summer of 1987. Meat Puppets_sentence_35

In stark contrast to its predecessor, Huevos was recorded in a swift, fiery fashion, with many first takes, and minimal second guessing. Meat Puppets_sentence_36

These recordings were completed in only a matter of days, and along with a few drawings and one of Curt's paintings taken from the wall to serve as cover art (a dish of three boiled eggs, a green pepper, and a bottle of Tabasco sauce), were all sent to SST shortly before the band returned to the road en route to their next gig. Meat Puppets_sentence_37

Curt revealed in an interview that one of the reasons for the album being called Huevos (meaning 'eggs' in Spanish) was because of the multitude of first-takers on the record, as similarly eggs can only be used once. Meat Puppets_sentence_38

Monsters was released in 1989, featuring new elements to their sound with extended jams (such as "Touchdown King" and "Flight of the Fire Weasel") and heavy metal ("Attacked by Monsters"). Meat Puppets_sentence_39

This album was mostly motivated by the Meat Puppets' desire to attract the attention of a major label, as they were becoming frustrated with SST Records by this time. Meat Puppets_sentence_40

Major label career (1991–1995) Meat Puppets_section_2

As numerous bands from the seminal SST label and other kindred punk-oriented indies had before them, Meat Puppets grappled with the decision to switch to a major label. Meat Puppets_sentence_41

Two years after their final studio recording for SST, 1989's Monsters, the trio released its major-label debut, Forbidden Places, on the indie-friendly London Records. Meat Puppets_sentence_42

The band chose London Records because it was the first label that ZZ Top, one of their favorite bands, was signed to. Meat Puppets_sentence_43

Forbidden Places combined many elements of the band's sounds over the years (cowpunk, psychedelia, riffy heavier rock) while some songs had a more laid back early alternative sound. Meat Puppets_sentence_44

Songs include "Sam" and "Whirlpool," and the title track. Meat Puppets_sentence_45

Despite being a fan favorite, Forbidden Places is now out of print, and as such it remains a highly sought-after collectible online. Meat Puppets_sentence_46

In 1992 following his departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, guitarist John Frusciante auditioned for the band. Meat Puppets_sentence_47

Cris Kirkwood stated "He showed up with his guitar out of its case and barefoot. Meat Puppets_sentence_48

We were on a major label then, we just got signed, and those guys had blown up to where they were at and John needed to get out. Meat Puppets_sentence_49

John gets to our pad and we started getting ready to play and I said, 'You want to use my tuner?' Meat Puppets_sentence_50

He said, 'No, I'll bend it in.' Meat Puppets_sentence_51

It was so far out. Meat Puppets_sentence_52

Then we jammed but it didn't come to anything. Meat Puppets_sentence_53

Maybe he wasn't in the right place and we were a tight little unit. Meat Puppets_sentence_54

It just didn't quite happen but it could have worked." Meat Puppets_sentence_55

In late 1993, Meat Puppets achieved mainstream popularity when Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, who became a fan after seeing them open for Black Flag in the ‘80s, invited Cris and Curt to join him on MTV Unplugged for acoustic performances of "Plateau", "Oh Me" and "Lake of Fire" (all originally from Meat Puppets II). Meat Puppets_sentence_56

The resulting album, MTV Unplugged in New York, served as a swan song for Nirvana, as Cobain died less than 5 months after the concert. Meat Puppets_sentence_57

"Lake of Fire" became a cult favorite for its particularly wrenching vocal performance from Cobain. Meat Puppets_sentence_58

Subsequently, the Nirvana exposure and the strength of the single "Backwater" (their highest charting single) helped lift Meat Puppets to new commercial heights. Meat Puppets_sentence_59

The band's studio return was 1994's Too High To Die, produced by Butthole Surfers guitarist Paul Leary. Meat Puppets_sentence_60

The album featured "Backwater", which reached #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, and a hidden-track update of "Lake of Fire." Meat Puppets_sentence_61

This album features a more straightforward alternative rock style, with occasional moments of pop, country and neo-psychedelic moments. Meat Puppets_sentence_62

Too High To Die earned the band a gold record (500,000 sold), outselling their previous records combined. Meat Puppets_sentence_63

1995's No Joke! Meat Puppets_sentence_64

was the final album recorded by the original Meat Puppets lineup. Meat Puppets_sentence_65

Stylistically it is very similar to Too High to Die, although much heavier and with darker lyrics. Meat Puppets_sentence_66

Examples of this are the single "Scum" and "Eyeball," however the band's usual laid-back style is still heard on tracks like "Chemical Garden." Meat Puppets_sentence_67

Though the band's drug use included cocaine, heroin, LSD and many others, Cris' use of heroin and crack cocaine became so bad he rarely left his house except to obtain more drugs. Meat Puppets_sentence_68

At least two people (including his wife and one of his best friends) died of overdoses at his house in Tempe, AZ during this time. Meat Puppets_sentence_69

The Kirkwood brothers had always had a legendary appetite for illegal substances and during the tour to support Too High To Die with Stone Temple Pilots, the easy availability of drugs was too much for Cris. Meat Puppets_sentence_70

When it was over, he was severely addicted to cocaine and heroin. Meat Puppets_sentence_71

When their record label discovered Cris' addictions, support for No Joke! Meat Puppets_sentence_72

was subsequently dropped and it was met with poor sales figures. Meat Puppets_sentence_73

First hiatus and reunion (1996–2001) Meat Puppets_section_3

Derrick recorded a solo EP under the moniker Today's Sounds in 1996, and later on in 1999 took charge of re-issuing the Puppets' original seven records on Rykodisc as well as putting out their first live album, Live in Montana. Meat Puppets_sentence_74

Curt formed a new band in Austin, Texas called the Royal Neanderthal Orchestra, but they changed their name to Meat Puppets for legal reasons and released a promotional EP entitled You Love Me in 1999, Golden Lies in 2000 and Live in 2002. Meat Puppets_sentence_75

The line-up was Curt (voc/git), Kyle Ellison (voc/git), Andrew Duplantis (voc/bass) and Shandon Sahm (drums). Meat Puppets_sentence_76

Sahm's father was the legendary fiddler-singer-songwriter Doug Sahm of The Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados. Meat Puppets_sentence_77

The concluding track to Classic Puppets entitled "New Leaf" also dates from this incarnation of the band. Meat Puppets_sentence_78

Break up (2002–2005) Meat Puppets_section_4

Around 2002, Meat Puppets dissolved after Duplantis left the band. Meat Puppets_sentence_79

Curt went on to release albums with the groups Eyes Adrift and Volcano. Meat Puppets_sentence_80

In 2005, he released his first solo album entitled Snow. Meat Puppets_sentence_81

Bassist Cris was arrested in December 2003 for attacking a security guard at the main post office in downtown Phoenix, AZ with the guard's baton. Meat Puppets_sentence_82

The guard shot Kirkwood in the stomach at least twice during the melee, causing serious gunshot injuries requiring major surgery. Meat Puppets_sentence_83

Kirkwood was subsequently denied bail, the judge citing Kirkwood's previous drug arrests and probation violations. Meat Puppets_sentence_84

He eventually went to prison at the Arizona state prison in Florence, Arizona for felony assault. Meat Puppets_sentence_85

He was released in July 2005. Meat Puppets_sentence_86

Derrick Bostrom began a web site for the band about six months before the original trio stopped working together. Meat Puppets_sentence_87

The site went through many different permutations before it was essentially mothballed in 2003. Meat Puppets_sentence_88

In late 2005, Bostrom revamped it, this time as a "blog" for his recollections and as a place to share pieces of Meat Puppets history. Meat Puppets_sentence_89

Second reunion (2006–present) Meat Puppets_section_5

On March 24, 2006, Curt Kirkwood polled fans at his MySpace page with a bulletin that asked: "Question for all ! Meat Puppets_sentence_90

Would the original line up of Meat Puppets interest anyone ? Meat Puppets_sentence_91

Feedback is good – do you want a reunion!?" Meat Puppets_sentence_92

The response from fans was overwhelmingly positive within a couple of hours, leading to speculation of a full-blown Meat Puppets reunion in the near future. Meat Puppets_sentence_93

However, a post made by Derrick Bostrom on the official Meat Puppets site dismissed the notion. Meat Puppets_sentence_94

In April 2006 Billboard reported that the Kirkwood brothers would reunite as Meat Puppets without original drummer Derrick Bostrom. Meat Puppets_sentence_95

Although Primus drummer Tim Alexander was announced as Bostrom's replacement, the position was later filled by Ted Marcus. Meat Puppets_sentence_96

The new lineup recorded a new full-length album, Rise to Your Knees, in mid-to-late 2006. Meat Puppets_sentence_97

The album was released by Anodyne Records on July 17, 2007. Meat Puppets_sentence_98

On January 20, 2007, Meat Puppets brothers performed two songs during an Army of Anyone concert, at La Zona Rosa in Austin, Texas. Meat Puppets_sentence_99

The first song was played with Curt Kirkwood and Cris Kirkwood along with Army of Anyone's Ray Luzier and Dean DeLeo. Meat Puppets_sentence_100

Then the second song was played with original members Curt and Cris Kirkwood and new Meat Puppets drummer Ted Marcus. Meat Puppets_sentence_101

This was in the middle of Army of Anyone's set, which they listed as Meat Puppet Theatre on the evening's set list. Meat Puppets_sentence_102

The band performed several new songs in March at the South by Southwest festival. Meat Puppets_sentence_103

On March 28, 2007, the band announced a West Coast tour through their MySpace page. Meat Puppets_sentence_104

This is the first tour with original bassist Cris in eleven years. Meat Puppets_sentence_105

The tour continued into the east coast and midwest later in 2007. Meat Puppets_sentence_106

In 2008 they performed their classic second album live in its entirety at the ATP New York festival. Meat Puppets_sentence_107

The band parted ways with Anodyne, signed to Megaforce and began recording new material in the winter of 2008. Meat Puppets_sentence_108

The resulting album, entitled Sewn Together, was released on May 12, 2009. Meat Puppets_sentence_109

In the summer of 2009 the band continued to tour across America. Meat Puppets_sentence_110

They appeared in Rochester, Minnesota outside in front of over 5,000 fans, after playing Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the night prior. Meat Puppets_sentence_111

Meat Puppets performed at the 2009 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans over the Halloween weekend. Meat Puppets_sentence_112

As of November 2009, Shandon Sahm was back as the drummer in Meat Puppets, replacing Ted Marcus. Meat Puppets_sentence_113

The band was chosen by Animal Collective to perform the album 'Up on the Sun' live in its entirety at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that they curated in May 2011. Meat Puppets_sentence_114

The band's thirteenth studio album, entitled Lollipop, was released on April 12, 2011. Meat Puppets_sentence_115

The Dandies supported Meat Puppets on all European dates in 2011. Meat Puppets_sentence_116

Meat Puppets have played several gigs in their hometown since 2009, such as the Marquee show in June 2011 with Dead Confederate. Meat Puppets_sentence_117

As of early 2011 Elmo Kirkwood, son of Curt Kirkwood and nephew of Cris Kirkwood, was touring regularly with the band playing rhythm guitar. Meat Puppets_sentence_118

Meat Puppets also contributed to Spin Magazine's exclusive album Newermind: A Tribute to Nirvana, playing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Meat Puppets_sentence_119

In June 2012, a book titled Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets by author Greg Prato was released, which featured all-new interviews with band members past and present and friends of the band (including Peter Buck, Kim Thayil, Scott Asheton, Mike Watt, and Henry Rollins, among others), and covered the band's entire career. Meat Puppets_sentence_120

In October 2012, it was announced that the group had just completed recording new songs. Meat Puppets_sentence_121

Rat Farm, the band's 14th album, was released in April 2013. Meat Puppets_sentence_122

In March 2013, Meat Puppets opened for Dave Grohl's Sound City Players at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Meat Puppets_sentence_123

In April 2014, Meat Puppets completed a tour with The Moistboyz, and in the summer of 2015, they toured with Soul Asylum. Meat Puppets_sentence_124

The Meat Puppets were picked to open for an 11 show tour as support of The Dean Ween Group in October 2016 after Curt Kirkwood and drummer Chuck Treece contribute to The Deaner Album. Meat Puppets_sentence_125

Also the same year, Cris either produced and/or played with the following artists for Slope Records - The Exterminators, the Linecutters, and Sad Kid. Meat Puppets_sentence_126

On August 17, 2017, original drummer Derrick Bostrom posted an update on his website derrickbostrom.net. Meat Puppets_sentence_127

He performed with Cris, Curt and Elmo Kirkwood at a concert honoring the Meat Puppets. Meat Puppets_sentence_128

It appears that, while Bostrom enjoyed himself, this was a one-off performance. Meat Puppets_sentence_129

On July 8, 2018, it was confirmed that Bostrom had replaced Sahm as the drummer for the band, and that keyboardist Ron Stabinsky had joined, as well. Meat Puppets_sentence_130

The band released their 15th studio album, Dusty Notes, on March 8, 2019. Meat Puppets_sentence_131

Honors and recognition Meat Puppets_section_6

On April 21, 2018 a fan-sponsored petition on MoveOn.org was initiated to induct the Meat Puppets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Meat Puppets_sentence_132

Members Meat Puppets_section_7

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Discography Meat Puppets_section_8

Main article: Meat Puppets Discography Meat Puppets_sentence_133

Studio albums Meat Puppets_section_9

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See also Meat Puppets_section_10

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meat Puppets.