"Meat Puppets" are a three-piece rock band, formed in January 1980, in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The Kirkwood brothers, Curt and Cris, played guitar and bass, respectively, and Derrick Bostrom played drums. They began rehearsing together by learning songs from Bostrom's collection of punk rock 45s. 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.
Their early works (the ''In A Car'' EP and ''Meat Puppets'' LP) were wholeheartedly punk, with vocals so feral in their delivery they were often indecipherable, but ultimately humorous and ingenious once discovered. The musicianship was mostly thrash, yet the songs were tinged with a subtle, haunting element like that of a long abandoned ghost town. Their brand of cathartic, explosive hardcore attracted the attention of legendary punk label SST, who released their first record in 1982.
Unsatisfied with the result, the band spent plenty of time in the studio before the release of 1983's ''Meat Puppets II''. The band's exciting experimentation with psychedelia, acid rock, and q...
|years active||1980–2001, 2006–present|
|origin||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States|
|music genre||Alternative rock|
|current members|| Curt Kirkwood|